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 Stoneman.
Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business, Naomi Yamamoto, spoke to members ahead of the AGM. "Our government is focused on securing tomorrow by building a strong economy today, and spurring job creation as a result. The tourism industry is vital to achieving that vision and so, in concert with Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training Minister Shirley Bond, I look forward to collaborating with the new TIABC board and congratulate them on their election. Working together, I believe there is every opportunity for the tourism sector to grow rapidly in the next few years."