Select Standing Committee on Finance & Government Services Releases Report on Budget 2023 Consultations
The Legislative Assembly of British Columbia released the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services report on Budget 2023 consultations. The budgetary consultation process was created in the early 2000s and provides insight into the themes that emerge from the over 1000 submissions that the Committee receives and finds compelling.
The BCHA issued a submission, with key themes noted throughout the report surrounding government travel, MRDT, amendments to OTA taxation, and hotel asset development.
The BCGEU recently began strike action - as a result the LDB has temporarily shut down its distribution centres and Wholesale Customer Centre. This means that BC's liquor and cannabis businesses will not receive any products from the LDB until the strike action is over. As a reminder, the job action at distribution centres and the WCC will not impact ordering from BDL or local producers offering direct delivery. Both BDL and BC-based producers stand ready to accept your orders.
ABLE BC has released a comprehensive update with FAQs for members. See below for more info and to understand how this strike will impact alcohol suppliers.
Following the devastation caused by the November 2021 storms, permanent repairs to the Othello section of the Coquihalla Highway 5 will begin soon, helping rebuild the highway to a more resilient standard. Construction is expected to start in early August and be complete this fall. Crews will reinstate approximately 460 metres of the southbound lanes that were washed out. All efforts will be made to minimize traffic disruptions during peak travel hours.
The Hotel Association of Canada and CBRE Hotels will be hosting the first presentation of CBRE's 2023 outlook, covering major markets from coast to coast. The webinar will also include an update on 2022 year-to-date performance, an updated long-term forecast, and a look at the economic and industry trends impacting the sector over the next year.
Local officials have approved a long-awaited Whistler Blackcomb (WB) staff housing project slated for the base of Blackcomb Mountain at an August 2 council meeting. The six-storey, 66-unit apartment complex, dubbed Glacier 8, will be 100-per-cent employee-restricted and subject to rental rate stipulations. Officials approved the rezoning and subdivision of the site, located on Glacier Lane and nestled between parking lots 6 and 7. It would be WB's eighth employee housing apartment on Glacier Lane.
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New Allied Member | Secure Cleaning & Workforce Support with Knight Hub Cleaning
ABOUT KNIGHT HUB CLEANING:
Established in 2020, Knight Hub is a cleaning and workforce company that prioritizes value and customer satisfaction. With a motto to provide exceptional services to clients, Knight Hub provides cleaning & workforce services including housekeeping for accommodations of all sizes, as well as sports complexes, accommodations, commercial buildings, grocery stores, train maintenance etc. Their team believes that no job is too big or too small and has over 50 plus people working in different regions across British Columbia. Each of their technicians are fully certified and trained to handle any environment, with the highest level of safety protocols and standards in place to ensure all jobs are done thoroughly for the safety of anyone entering the site. For Knight Hub, when it comes to health and safety, there's no room for error.
REMINDER | Province Seeks Input on Making National Day of Truth & Reconciliation a Provincial Stat Holiday
The Province is seeking input from B.C. employers and employees on whether the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation (September 30) should be designated a provincial statutory holiday under the Employment Standards Act, starting in 2023.
Designating this day as a provincial statutory holiday would entitle B.C. employees covered by the Employment Standards Act to an employer-paid day off to personally commemorate the day, or to payment at premium rates if they are required to work on that day. Submit feedback by September 21, 2022.
A full-service AND pet friendly, the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites is the only hotel on the North Shore of Kamloops. It is a home for the Kamloops Airport, and centrally located by the multi-functional McArthur Island Park, golf courses, and over 40 restaurants, including local breweries and a myriad of authentic flavours. Take advantage of the free parking, airport shuttle and electric car charging stations. Holiday Inn & Suites also offers 2290 sq. ft of meeting space available to host the perfect event. Grab a bite at WhiteSpot Restaurant & Lounge, where children 11 and under eat free.
With easy access to Hwy 5 and close proximity to Kamloops Downtown, it is the perfect blend of value and convenient location.
Acsenda Announces New Tourism & Hospitality Employment Program!
Acsenda School of Management recently announced that the Bachelor of Hospitality Management (BHM) faculty has introduced a new employment training program! The Tourism & Hospitality Employment Program is fully funded by the Employment Social Development Canada in partnership with Latincouver. It is a 24 weeks program that offers skills and theoretical knowledge that are needed to get employment in the Tourism & Hospitality sector in British Columbia, Canada.
The first cohort of students visited the Hampton Inn & Suites Hotel on August 3rd where the students gained very valuable experience in interacting with the management team. We couldn't be more excited to welcome a new crop of students to our industry!
Brian Rohl Appointed General Manager of The Georgian Court Hotel!
Former BCHA Board Director, Brian Rohl, has joined the team at The Georgian Court Hotel as General Manager! Brian had this to say:
"A massive thank you to the team at the Georgian Court Hotel for welcoming me last week. I look forward to working with you to promote and advance the legacy of one of Vancouver’s greatest luxury boutique hotels. I am excited for my next chapter to grow professionally with my new family at the Georgian Court Hotel and Mayfair Properties."
Northern BC Officially a Biosphere Certified Destination
Congratulations to the Northern BC Tourism Association, who officially received the Biosphere Certified Destination status from the Responsible Tourism Institute!
Northern BC has received this status, one of only 35 globally and five in Canada, demonstrating a commitment to growing and building the tourism sector in the region in alignment with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The certification is based on established standards in areas that include climate change, environment, social, economy and culture. The certification allows a region to showcase how they take sustainability seriously, but also ensures they are accountable to make necessary and ongoing improvements.
Congratulations on leading the industry in sustainability efforts! Learn more.
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