Voice of the BC Tourism Industry


BC Tourism Industry Conference – March 7-9, 2018 (Kelowna)



Mark your calendars for March 7 to 9, 2018 in Kelowna, BC!


TIABC Seeks Sponsors for Adopt-a-Student Program 
The 2018 BC Tourism Industry Conference will be offering an Adopt-A-Student Program with the goals of:
  • Ensuring more BC tourism students attend the conference
  • Ensuring these scholars begin their professional networking as early as possible
  • Assisting in connecting BC tourism students with prospective employers
  • Ensuring that the tourism students of today are prepared to assume the leadership positions within our industry in the future
  • Building career-long attendees of the conference

TIABC is seeking businesses, associations or organizations who wish to sponsor a BC tourism student to attend the conference. Sponsorship will cover the cost of the $450 student registration fee, but not accommodation or travel to/from the event.
To learn more download the Adopt-a-Student backgrounder.
If you are interested in sponsoring a student, please let us know at info@tiabc.ca.
Call for Presenters – closes December 5th, 2017

If you’re a subject matter expert and keen to participate as a presenter in B.C.’s premier tourism event, we’re looking for new ideas and innovative concepts for our education program. Our ideal speaker is one who employs creative ideas for audience engagement, provides superb educational session delivery, and who’s willing to meet with conference delegates. Our audience has very high expectations of all speakers and the educational component of the conference.

If you are interested in submitting a presentation proposal, please respond to our Call for Presenters.  Please read our Call for Presenters Guidelines before you submit your Presentation Submission Form.

For full details and submission forms, visit our BC Tourism Conference website at:

To view photos from the conference: www.coastphotostore.com/Events/BCT-Feb-22-24
Please credit Coast Mountain Photography if publishing.

#BCTIC 2017 is all wrapped up and attendees are still buzzing about the great sessions, tourism award winners and the inspiring end to our conference with Jowi Taylor’s Six String Nation presentation.

To access the speaker presentations, visit our conference website at: http://bctourismconference.ca/presentations

There are too many highlights to mention them all, but a few include:

Our wonderful MC Charmaine Crooks; an incredible opening reception hosted by our partners at Aboriginal Tourism BC, who were celebrating their 20th anniversary!; a warm west coast welcome from Victor’a Mayor Lisa Helps; a video welcome from our federal tourism minister Bardish Chagger; our lunch presentation by Honourable Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training; a letter from Prime Minister Trudeau wishing us the best on the conference; watching three sets of tourism students present their winning pitches and inspiring us all with their enthusiasm and ideas; the energy that Sunny Lenarduzzi brought to our first morning’s session on social media; the inspirational presentations by both Destination BC and Destination Canada; celebrating BC’s tourism award winners at the Thursday night gala dinner (and dancing!); learning about so many important business topics during the concurrent sessions: film tourism, social media, harassment, green tourism, adventure tourism, Trip Advisor, wine tourism, recruitment ideas, Team YVR, aboriginal tourism, BC’s Ale Trail and emergency planning to name just a few; networking and reconnecting with industry colleagues; reminding ourselves that we work in the very best industry and that #BCTourismMatters.

A graphic recording of our TIABC Town Hall, courtesy of Tara Shanks at ponderingturtles.com

See you next March in Kelowna (March 7th to 9th) for #BCTIC2018!

Why You Should Attend

“I attended the 2017 TIABC conference for the first time last week, and I won’t miss another one. Absolutely top drawer, from the main room presentations to the incredibly high level break out room presenters.”

Scott Littlejohn
Marketing and Community Engagement Coordinator
Living Forest Oceanside Campground & RV Park.

“We chose to become members based on the incredible 2015 conference that you put on. I have attended it for many years in other capacities and this was by far the best I have been to. Keep it up.”

J.J. Belanger
General Manager
Crystal Cove Beach Resort
Tofino, BC

“I enjoyed the 2015 BC Tourism Industry Conference. This was the first time I have attended a TIABC conference, and based on my experience at the event, I have joined as a member of TIABC on behalf of the Nisga’a Nation.”

Bertram Mercer
Manager / Economic Development
Nisg̱a’a Lisims Government
Gitaxt’aamiks (New Aiyansh, BC)

2015 BC Tourism Industry Conference Highlights

Attending the BC Tourism Industry Conference

Sponsoring the BC Tourism Industry Conference