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!

Registration is open!

TIABC Town Hall – New Format, Higher Participation, Stronger Results

Based on feedback from last year’s TIABC Town Hall, we’ve overhauled the format and content for this year’s session to include a higher degree of involvement by delegates that will ultimately benefit all key stakeholders including TIABC, sector associations, DMOs, government and others.

Members of TIABC’s Board, Policy Committee and various subject matter experts (e.g. sectors) will facilitate individual discussion groups on more than a dozen key topics and issues ranging from short-term vacation rentals and ride-sharing, to labour and liquor policy.

Each session will be 20- 25 minutes with delegates participating in up to three subject areas to provide input, ideas and feedback on policies, decisions and priorities for TIABC to tackle and/or for government attention.

At the conclusion of the roundtables, all delegates will come together where session leaders will share their findings with the entire audience for further discussion and debate.

The 2018 TIABC Town Hall promises to be informative, engaging and beneficial for all delegates. Come prepared to discuss the issues and opportunities that affect your business, sector or community.

 To view the full conference program, visit: www.bctourismconference.ca/program

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)

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