TIABC goes on the road July 22-25 in Northern BC
TIABC's Executive Director, Ian Robertson, visits Northern BC this week and is meeting with Industry stakeholders. Let us know your tourism issues/concerns. Come out and meet Ian in person!
Tuesday - Smithers
Wednesday - Smithers, Hazelton, Terrace
Thursday - Terrace, Prince Rupert
Friday - Prince Rupert
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