The Government of B.C. asked British Columbians to consider transportation opportunities and priorities as it develops B.C. on the Move, a new 10-year transportation plan to build the economy and connect the province's communities. TIABC encouraged BC residents and business owners to complete the online survey, but also conducted a survey of our members. Visit our News section to read the letter TIABC sent to the Minister of Transportation summarizing the responses from our membership.
Formula Funding for Destination BC
Ian Robertson talks BC Ferries with Lynn Colliar on BC1 News
10 Great Reasons to attend the BC Tourism & Hospitality Summit
1) Participate in TourismU with Royal Roads University for some "Tedtalks"-like presentations about BIG ideas for BIG success!
2) Attend a concurrent session and learn more about The Resonance Report: Top Canadian Destinations or Online Reputation Management for Tourism Destinations
3) Reconnect with your industry colleagues Monday evening at the Get Your HIP On industry reception and Tuesday evening at the Mill Marine Bistro.
4) Enjoy breakfast with Destination BC and learn more about their strategy and brand launch
5) Join go2 at one the concurrent sessions and learn more about the tourism labour market, temporary foreign workers and the "best kept secret" labour pool in our industry
6) Networking, networking, networking!
7) Attend the YVR presentation and hear from Craig Richmond, President & CEO of the Vancouver Airport Authority
8) With a Full Summit registration, enjoy entry into the CONNECT Food+Drink+Lodging Show which includes a trade show, cooking demonstrations, culinary competitions, food and beverage sampling and seminars. www.connectshow.com
10) Join your industry partners at the TIABC Town Hall and contribute to the conversation about policy direction. If you are not yet a member of TIABC, considering joining today! www.tiabc.ca/tiabc-membership
TIABC is very busy with renewing existing members, welcoming new members, and welcoming back former members to our tourism advocacy team.
Long-standing members such as Tourism Smithers, Tourism Vancouver, BC Hotel Association and the BC Lodging & Campground Association are renewing their memberships, while we are also welcoming new members such as: Tourism Radium Hot Springs, Tourism Fernie, Tourism Coquitlam, Tourism Dawson Creek and Tinhorn Creek Winery. Most recently we welcomed back former TIABC members Capilano Suspension Bridge, Kootenay Rockies Tourism and Hell's Gate Airtram.
Our current membership list is on our website and we hope to be adding new names to it regularly. Our Executive Director, Ian Robertson has been very active, meeting with members, government and organizations, listening to what your needs are and how TIABC can best support you. Ian has been working with the Board of Directors to identify key priorities for the organization and establish a strategic plan towards long-term sustainability – which strong membership plays a key role in.
Save the dates!TIABC Networking ReceptionThursday September 18th4:00pm to 6:00pmDelta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort – Victoria, BC
Everyone is welcome to attend our first networking event of the busy fall season. The TIABC Board will be traveling to Vancouver Island to have a Board meeting in Victoria, followed by an industry networking session. A HUGE thank you goes to our hosts at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort for making this event possible. Come out and join us, meet the Board and tell us what your tourism challenges and issues are. We want to hear from you!
__________TIABC Workshop & Networking eventThursday September 25thWorkshop – 2:30pm to 4:30pmReception - 4:30pm to 6:30pmHyatt Regency – downtown Vancouver, BC
TIABC invites you to join us for a workshop that will explore tourism's impact on the provincial economy, the role and importance of Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs), and how to effectively benchmark your marketing success so you can share this with your key stakeholders.
Following the workshop, join us for a networking reception! Have a chance to catch up with industry colleagues and friends and meet members of the TIABC Board of Directors, who are eager to learn about the tourism issues that your business, sector or DMO is facing.
Read more at: www.tiabc.ca/industry-workshop-and-networking-event
Cariboo Chilcotin Coast tourism region remains open for business in the face of adversity
Read more from Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism available here
TIABC on the road July 22-25 in Northern BC #tiabcontheroad
TIABC's Executive Director, Ian Robertson, visited Northern BC and is met with Industry stakeholders. Thank you to everyone who made this possible and to those who came out and and met Ian in person!
Ian met with stakeholders in Terrace - thanks to Kermodei Tourism.
Ian is interviewed by CFTK in Terrace. Read the news article here.
Friday Ian met with Debbie Davis of Prince Rupert Adventure Tours, and others, before having to leave. BC is a big place with lots of stakeholders to consult with.
TIABC Welcomes Resort Municipality Funding for Tourism
TIABC applauds the announcement yesterday by the Government of British Columbia on providing $10.5 million under the Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) to 14 designated communities to support programs or projects that lead to providing a better tourism experience for visitors which will help to increase the tourism component of the local economy.
“The funding to support tourism in these communities couldn’t have come at a better time”, says Ian Robertson, Executive Director of TIABC. “Tourism is on the rebound and this additional funding will help these resort-based communities address challenges they face as seasonally dependent economies to grow their tourism offerings”.
Municipalities participating in the RMI program are Fernie, Golden, Harrison Hot Springs, Invermere, Kimberley, Osoyoos, Radium Hot Springs, Revelstoke, Rossland, Sun Peaks, Tofino, Ucluelet, Valemount and Whistler.
TIABC Appoints Six New Board Members
TIABC members were invited to come and learn about TIABC’s exciting plans for moving forward and how we are engaging all stakeholders to advocate and represent the tourism industry in British Columbia now and in the future.
At the Association’s AGM held Tuesday April 29th in Richmond, BC, six tourism industry representatives were elected by the members to join the Board.
Jacqueline Clark, Stuart Coventry, Patrick Gramiak, Andre Kuerbis, Deborah Kulchiski and Sandra Oldfield will join the existing seven board members to form the full complement of the 13-member TIABC Board of Directors.
Bios of the new board members can be found on the TIABC website.
Following the AGM, the industry were invited to join members for a luncheon with guest speaker Marsha Walden, President & CEO, Destination BC.
Other highlights of the AGM included:
- Ian Robertson, Executive Director of TIABC presented an overview of the priorities of the Association which included a plan for ongoing sustainability for TIABC and a proposed new membership structure.
- Laura Plant was introduced as TIABC’s new Manager of Communications and Member Services.
- Members and non-members also recognized the retirement of Rick Antonson, President and CEO of Tourism Vancouver. In addressing the attendees Christine Willow, Chair of TIABC had this to say about Rick. “Mr. Antonson’s unwavering dedication to the tourism industry and specifically to TIABC’s advocacy role will be missed,” said Christine Willow. “Rick understands and promotes the importance of a unified voice supporting the tourism industry and the businesses that rely upon it.”
Discontinuation of "Discovery Coast" Ferry Service will Hurt Tourism Throughout the Province
The release of the 2013 B.C. Coastal Ferries Engagement Summary Report made public by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure February 5, announcing significant service reductions and elimination of the Discovery Coast ferry service (Route 40), will have major consequences for the tourism industry and communities throughout the province.
“Our industry is extremely disappointed with the news that this ferry service is being discontinued. The ‘circle’ route connecting Vancouver, Port Hardy, Bella Coola with the Cariboo Chilcotin is one of BC’s most scenic journeys that attracts tourists from around the world”, said Ian Robertson, Executive Director of the Tourism Association of BC (TIABC). Read press release.
Media articles and interviews on TIABC's concerns re cuts to BC Ferries "Discovery Coast" Route available on the TIABC News page.
Ferry cuts to "Discovery Coast" Route to have Negative Economic Impact on Tourism. Read Report commissioned by the Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC) which looks at the effects of ferry cuts to the 'circle route' that runs from Port Hardy on Vancouver Island to Bella Coola on BC's northern mainland and shows that many local tourism and other businesses that serve Route 40 will face near certain hardship - including permanent business closures. Read more.
TIABC Appoints Executive Director
Christine Willow, Chair of the Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC) announced, on November 12, 2013, the appointment of Ian Robertson as Executive Director of TIABC effective immediately. “The Board is thrilled to have Ian working with us,” said Christine Willow, Chair of TIABC. "His background and experience in the tourism industry will be a huge asset and we look forward to having Ian engage with our members and work collaboratively with the other industry associations and tourism businesses in BC."
Ian spent over eight years in various senior roles in sustainability, communications & public affairs and sales at Rocky Mountaineer before working with TIABC. Ian was also an elected Park Commissioner in Vancouver from 2005 to 2011 and was Chair of the Park Board in 2007. The full media release is available here.
TIABC Moving Forward
The appointment of Ian Robertson as Executive Director is part of the Moving Forward Plan that TIABC members resoundingly endorsed at the Annual General Meeting, Monday June 24 in Richmond.
The new Moving Forward Plan for the organisation is targeted towards uniting the industry around the issues that significantly impact the travel decisions of our out-of-province customers and BC residents. "Tourism is an important revenue generator to the BC economy and by bringing all the sectors, marketing organizations and businesses together within this diverse industry, we will be able to accomplish more together than we can apart," said Christine Willow (Stoneman), Chair Tourism Industry Association of BC. "An improved business climate for tourism operators will not only benefit business owners but all British Columbians," said Willow.
Beyond Hope: BC Ferries and Northern British Columbia Report on the Economic Impacts of Service Cuts to BC Ferries Northern Routes
March 13, 2014
Discontinuation of "Discovery Coast Ferry Service Will Hurt Tourism Throughout the Province
February 06, 2014
Proposed Ferry Cuts to "Discovery Coast" Route to have Major Negative Economic Impact on Tourism Throughout the Province
January 13, 2014