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Walt Judas named as the new CEO 

The Board of Directors has selected Walt Judas as the next Chief Executive Officer of the Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC), effective May 15, 2015.  

Read more about TIABC's new CEO appointment - available here


TIABC Welcomes Four New Board Members

Welcome to the Board Paula Amos, Tony Munday, Paul Nursey and Bruce Okabe! Read more about our recent AGM in our latest media release - available here.


Tourism Industry Conference - 2015

The Tourism Industry Conference is back!

Mark your calendars for October 19-21 2015. 

Visit the conference website for more details: www.bctourismconference.ca

Call for Presenters - be part of the conference and submit your unique presentation ideas: www.tiabc.ca/2015-tourism-industry-conference


AGM - May 7th - Register today!


The 2015 TIABC AGM is scheduled for Thursday May 7th and it will be hosted at the Four Points by Sheraton Vancouver Airport, starting at 10am. 


You will not want to miss our innovative and informative tourism industry event: Tourism on the Federal Stage immediately following our AGM on May 7. Click here to see our agenda and our speaker bios

See you there!


TIABC CEO Departure


Ian Robertson, CEO of TIA BC for the past 18 months will be leaving the association on April 17, 2015 to take on a new challenge as CEO of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority. During his time with our organization Ian has been instrumental in revitalizing TIA BC through his entrepreneurial, collaborative approach, bringing in a new fee structure, the return of the BC Tourism Industry Conference and re-connecting with our members.


The Board of Directors has established a Recruitment Selection Committee to commence the search for a new CEO immediately. During the transition period all day to day activities will continue, in particularly preparation for our upcoming AGM on May 7, 2015 and the Tourism Industry Conference (in partnership with Destinations BC) in the fall of this year.


Click here to view the Job Posting.

Click here to read the latest TIABC newsletter.


Provincial Budget Update

Visit the newsletter section of our website for TIABC's update on the 2015 Provincial Budget released February 17th. 

Save the Date - 2015 TIABC AGM

The 2015 TIABC AGM is scheduled for Thursday May 7th and it will be hosted at the Four Points by Sheraton Vancouver Airport, starting at 10am. 

More details to follow - stay tuned on the TIABC website, Twitter (@TIABC_CA) and Facebook.


Call for Nominations

Please see the 2015 AGM event page for information on TIABC's call for nominations to the Board of Directors.



Ian Robertson has been busy with the media in recent days. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and visit our website's News & Media section to find out where and when to listen and watch!

Ian Robertson's interview on Radio NL (Kamloops). Listen here.

Ian on CBC radio's the Early Edition discussing the low CDN$ and its impact on tourism. Listen here(January 22, 2015 edition. Interview starts at 1:00:35 mark)

Ian on Global TV discussing the sudden interest rate drop and its impact on tourism.



Ian Robertson attended the Tourism Victoria AGM on Tuesday January 13, 2015 and discussed tourism with both the Times Colonist and CFAX 1070 radio. Read the news story HERE and listen to the radio interview HERE (or visit our News & Media section of this website). Don't forget to follow us on Twitter (@TIABC_CA) and on Facebook for updates. 

Ian Robertson, Paul Nursey (Tourism Victoria CEO) and Marsha Walden (Destination BC CEO) discuss tourism with the Times Colonist. Ian participates on a panel at Tourism Victoria's AGM. 

Transportation Survey 

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

As a follow-up from our Town Hall, TIABC was directed to re-engage government on the commitment they made to introduce a formula funding model for Destination BC.  A letter has been sent from our Chair to the Premier, with copies to Ministers de Jong, Bond and Yamamoto.
We are urging our members to also send a letter to the parties noted above in support of introducing with the next budget, a formula funding model for Destination BC ensuring funding is enshrined in legislation.
For more details, including a letter template, see our recent email to the TIABC membership.

Ian Robertson talks  with  on  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

9) Hear from Greg Klassen on the Canadian Tourism Commission Connecting America initiative

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 


Membership Update

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.

As part of our Moving Forward initiative, TIABC revised our membership structure and fees resulting in adjusted membership thresholds and in many cases lowered fees, bringing them more in line with other industry organizations. For more information on our new fees, please visit our website: www.tiabc.ca/membership-categories
To join TIABC, you can obtain a membership form from our website (www.tiabc.ca/membership-categories) or drop us email (info@tiabc.ca) or give us a call at 604-685-5956. We look forward to hearing from you!

Save the dates!

TIABC Networking Reception
Thursday September 18th
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Delta 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!

Read more at: www.tiabc.ca/sept-18-2014-industry-networking-session-victoria


TIABC Workshop & Networking event
Thursday September 25th
Workshop – 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Reception - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Hyatt 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!

A great breakfast meeting in Smithers with tourism stakeholders. Land use is a big issue! 

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.




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