About TIABC's Annual Conference
When the first BC Tourism Industry Conference was organized by the members of the Council of Tourism Associations of BC (now the Tourism Industry Association of BC) and their partners in 1993, tourism was worth less than $4 billion annually to the BC economy. The industry was just starting to show signs of becoming one of the province's lead generators of economic growth. Over the past decade, tourism has grown to the point where it now generates $10.2 billion annually for our province's economy and directly employs 117,500 British Columbians. When tourism-related employees are included, the total swells to 266,000. Tourism is currently the second largest industry in BC after forestry.
The BC Tourism Industry Conference has been the only province-wide conference which brings together the many sectors from accommodation, transportation, resorts, attractions, tourism associations, industry suppliers, and educators. Over 18 years the conference has united the industry and provided a forum for discussion, business development and updates on the latest advances.
The Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC) is currently considering various options and ideas for the future of the conference.