Hotel Industry Update
BC COVID-19 Tourism Impact Survey
British Columbia Regional Destination Management Organizations, in partnership with community tourism marketing organizations and the BC Hotel Association, are working to understand the current and potential future impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on businesses throughout the Province.

We know that the COVID-19 crisis is having a dramatic impact on all of our tourism partners. We are working with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture to ensure there is an accurate understanding of the effects of COVID-19 on your business today and hope to take a few minutes to ask you a number of questions about the current conditions and suggestions for your recovery. 

Your response will be anonymous and it will enable us to better support businesses during this time.

What do you think of BC's Restart Plan?
As BC's economy begins to reopen, the BC Chamber of Commerce is launching their third COVID-19 'Pulse Check' Survey.

The Chamber has been tracking the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on BC businesses via a series of surveys—done in partnership with the BC Business Council, the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, The Mustel Group, and provincial members and stakeholders.
Survey results are shared directly with government. 
As in previous 'pulse checks' they want to know the most recent impacts to your business, and the efficacy of existing government supports.
To support BC's tourism industry through the transition from Phase 1 to Phase 2 in BC’s Restart Plan, Destination BC has created a content tool kit. As more local (community) activities ease back in to our daily lives and additional tourism businesses begin to open to the public, they are encouraging BC residents to hashtag #exploreBClocal .

During this Hyper-Local Travel phase, they want to encourage BC residents to get out and explore their backyards and, specifically, to support the tourism businesses that are already open with new operating measures in place, and those that are able to reopen after May 19 (while adhering to current health directives).

The tool kit provides some suggested messaging as well as content ideas for consideration as we collectively shift into the next phase. Access it via the link below.
BC Hotel Association In The News
Coronavirus pandemic has 30-40% of B.C. hotels facing...

The industry association representing B.C. hotels says 30 to 40 per cent of establishments could go under, if the novel coronavirus pandemic drags on. Many of the province's accommodation providers have shut their doors entirely, like Vancouver's ...

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B.C. hotels see shaky future, hope locals fill in for...

VICTORIA - Hotels, motels and resorts are pinning their hopes on British Columbians choosing to travel within their own province this summer, as they face the bleak prospect of many months without international tourists. As many as 30 to 40 per...

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B.C. hotels, resorts could start to reopen in June

VANCOUVER -- Hotels and resorts in British Columbia have been feeling the effects of the pandemic for months, with fewer travellers, bookings and nearly 65,000 employees' jobs at risk. Premier John Horgan said Wednesday, when announcing the plan...

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VIDEO: Business Matters: adapting to the new tourism reality

Typically, by this time of year, the water levels of Okanagan Lake begin to rise and so too does our population. As tourists flood our streets, many Okanagan businesses prepare to make the majority of their profits that will get them through the...

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