Message from President & CEO Ingrid Jarrett
Today's update includes:

  • General Updates
  • Travel Outside of Canada
  • New Advisory Against Non-Essential Travel
  • Border Measures for Air Travel | Infographic
  • Federal Economic Updates for Industry
  • HASCAP Extended and Additional Measure Announced
  • Action Needed | Support for Bill C-2
  • Travel Within BC
  • Update on Road Closures
  • Communications Toolkit
  • Reminder | State of Emergency Extended & Order on Fuel Now Expired
  • Voice Your Concerns
  • Trudeau Unveils Canada’s New Immigration System Priorities
  • BCHA Outlines Solutions for Critical Speculation Tax File
  • B.C. Fairs, Festivals, Events Benefit from Recovery Funding
  • Commemorate Canada Re-opening Fund | Apply by January 10
  • Explore a Property Refresh with LIV Hospitality: Furniture & Design Specialists
  • ABLE BC | Call for Nominations Board of Directors
  • Round-Up | Provincial & Federal Relief Programs
  • Reminder | Public Health Order Change | Table to Counter Service
  • CMHA BC Mental Health Videos for the Holiday Season
  • BC Tourism & Hospitality Conference | Last Chance to Submit Proposal
  • Get Your Tickets Today & Support Hospitality Workers! | BCHF 50/50
  • News
  • Hot Off the Press | Local and World News
  • Industry Trends and News
  • Tipping Our Hat to Industry!
  • Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Debuts On Newsweek's List of America's Most Responsible Companies for 2022
  • Mark Your Calendars
  • Save the Date! | BC Tourism & Hospitality Conference, March 9-11, 2022
  • Digital Marketing Tips for 2022 - Top 10 DIY Lead Generation Tools for Your Business
  • How to Bring Clarity and Coherence to Your Team - Aligning Strategy, Leadership, and Focus
  • Info Session on Propel: A new wage subsidy
  • Comment Card | Industry Thoughts & Feedback
  • BCHA TikTok & Reels
  • Rethink2gether Offering New Training on Food Waste Prevention
  • Pacific Sands Beach Resort Introduces New Beachfront Sauna
  • Stats Canada Reports Highest Job Vacancies Since 2015
  • Last Laugh | A Little Something to Make Members Smile
Travel Outside Canada | New Advisory Against Non-Essential Travel
In response to the rapid transmission of the Omicron variant, the federal government is advising against non-essential travel outside of Canada for the next four weeks.

In a press conference yesterday Heath Minister Jean-Yves Duclos pointed to hospital capacities and the risk of Canadians getting sick and stranded abroad as the reason for this advisory.

The federal government also announced that they are working closely with provinces to provide rapid tests and streamline a booster campaign, with over 16 million doses in inventory in Canada.

The BCHA will continue to keep you updated on what this development means for our industry and access to relief measures.
Border Measures for Air Travel

The Government of Canada and Vancouver International Airport (YVR) have developed an air travel infographic to assist travellers with a better understanding of what is required when both arriving and departing the airport.

Please see the infographic to the right.
  • First, to depart YVR and any Canadian airport, travellers must be fully vaccinated. Passengers must be able to prove vaccination status and their documentation will be verified by the airline at check-in. For Canadians, the best documentation is the Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination, the airport said, with limited exemptions for religious or medical reasons. More information on exemptions is available from the airline or Transport Canada.
  • Second, each destination has its own set of entry requirements. Passengers are required to understand and prepare for the entry requirements of their destination before travelling from Canada.
  • Starting Dec. 6, everyone travelling to the U.S. must show a negative COVID-19 test taken within a day of boarding their flight or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 day.
  • Third, when passengers return to Canada, they must complete ArriveCAN. This includes entering negative COVID-19 test information and a quarantine plan – and pre-registering for the arrivals test. Everyone will need to quarantine until test results are received, typically within 24 to 72 hours.
  • For passengers connecting through the airport, they will be subject to COVID-19 testing at YVR before continuing onward to their next destination. After taking the test, passengers can carry on to their final destination to quarantine while they await test results.
  • Fully vaccinated Canadians who depart and re-enter the country within 72 hours of leaving are exempt from providing a pre-entry test result.
The arrivals test is paid for by the Government of Canada.

It is expected the biggest constraint will be the registration for the arrivals test when passengers arrive at YVR. They are working with the testing provider to scale up resources at the airport, but it is recommended the best thing people can do is register for the arrivals test in advance.
For more information about COVID-19 testing at YVR - click here.
Federal Economic Updates for Industry
HASCAP Extended and Additional Measure Announced

Earlier this week, the Government tabled its Fall Economic and Fiscal Update 2021. There are positive updates for our industry. Here is a snapshot of what it means.
New Relevant Announcements:
  • An additional $4.5 billion to pay for possible further costs of fighting Omicron and other COVID-19 surges, including spending on border measures and income and business supports.
  • If the travel situation deteriorates, we could amend the Tourism & Hospitality Recovery Program in response.
  • Extension of the Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program to March 31, 2022. This program was set to expire on December 31, 2021.
  • This is excellent news for members who may not have tapped into this program yet.
  • The program will offer 100% government-guaranteed financing and provide low-interest loans up to $1 million for up to ten years. APPLY TODAY!
  • $85 million to reduce backlogs in Canada’s immigration system, speed up the process of citizenship, reunite families, and welcome people who can help address Canada’s labour shortages.
  • This was one of our key asks. Government offices will now have extra resources to unlock application backlogs.
  • $60 million to support workers in Canada’s live performance industry through the new temporary Canada Performing Arts Workers Resilience Fund.
  • The new Small Businesses Air Quality Improvement Tax Credit of 25 per cent of the cost of upgrading ventilation systems and air filtration, up to $10,000 per location and $50,000 in total.
  • Members who have invested in these systems should apply for these credits.
Re-announcement of:
  • Targeting Supports for Businesses Affected by the Pandemic
  • Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program
  • Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program
  • Support for Businesses Facing Pandemic Lockdowns
  • The Local Lockdown Program would provide organizations that face new local COVID-19-related lockdowns with up to the maximum amount available through the wage and rent subsidy programs.
  • Extending the Canada Recovery Hiring Program until May 7, 2022, for eligible employers with current revenue losses above 10 per cent, and to increase the subsidy rate to 50 per cent.
Action Needed | Support for Bill C-2

With new developments surrounding the Omicron variant, it is of critical importance that Bill C-2 passes. We will need all parties to agree on all sections of the Bill in order to pass this legislation. 

Every Member of Parliament needs to know how important this Bill is to the survival of the tourism and hospitality sectors. There is much at stake.

Please do the following immediately:
  1. Send a Letter (it takes less than 1 minute) [ENG | FR]
  2. Amplify on social media and direct tweet your MP

Your voice is important.
Travel Within BC
Update on Road Closures

While the province is continuing to struggle with the fallout from recent flooding and mudslides as road closures, it was announced that some of the travel corridors would reopen to commercial vehicles, well ahead of the previous timeline.

Although Highways 3, 5, and 9 that connect Metro Vancouver to the interior of the province will remain closed to non-essential traffic until January, this news signals that these critical travel corridors will reopen sooner than initially anticipated.

Key Updates Include:
  • Monday December 20: Highway 5 (Coquihalla) – the reopening will be for commercial vehicles only and inter-city buses and will have areas of reduced speeds to ensure driver safety.
  • Monday December 20: Highway 99 – the essential travel restriction from the junction of Highway 99 and Lillooet River Road to the BC Hydro Seton Lake Campsite access in Lillooet is expected to be lifted. The vehicle weight restriction of no more than 14,500 kg will remain.
  • Tuesday December 21: Highway 3 – essential travel restriction between the junction of Highways 5 and 3 in Hope to the west entrance to Princeton from Highway 3 will be removed 24 hours after Highway 5 opens.
Updated! Communications Toolkit

We understand that this will pose serious issues to our accommodation sector, ski resorts, and greater tourism communities, in advance of the holiday season.

The BCHA along with our sector associations have developed and a communications toolkit aimed to support industry operators and help them understand and communicate the resources that are available to guests. This has been updated as of December 16th.

We encourage you to share this information with your guests and online. Click here to view.
Additional Resources

PreparedBC has additional resources and step-by-step guides to prepare tourism businesses and their staff for emergencies, with templates and tools to help operators easily plan a fast and effective response

Reminder | State of Emergency Extended & Order on Fuel Now Expired

The provincial state of emergency has been extended to Dec. 28, 2021 to support flood and landslide recovery efforts including highway repair.

The order limiting non-essential vehicles to 30 litres of fuel per trip to the gas station has now expired as of December 14, as the Trans Mountain Pipeline gradually re-opens and shipments of fuel arrive via truck and barge.
Voice Your Concerns
TOTA, Destination BC, the Province of B.C. and our industry associations are concerned about the impact of these events on tourism stakeholders and businesses.
TOTA has developed a survey and is asking operators to please voice your concerns, allowing industry to better understand current challenges and to help connect businesses to available resources.

Responses will be collated to provide anonymous insights to government as to what resources are required to support industry through recovery.
Trudeau Unveils Canada’s New Immigration System Priorities
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has just revealed the new mandate letters he has submitted to his cabinet.

In Canada, the Prime Minister issues mandate letters outlining the priorities they expect their ministers to pursue during the federal government’s time in power.

The new immigration mandate letter reveals priorities such as:
  • Application processing: Trudeau calls on Fraser to “Reduce application processing times, including to address delays that have been impacted by COVID-19.”
  • Express Entry: Create more permanent residence pathways via Express Entry for international students and temporary foreign workers.
  • Family reunification: Introduce electronic applications for family reunification and implementing a program to provide temporary residence to spouses and children abroad while they await the processing of their permanent residence applications.
  • Create a new Municipal Nominee Program: The purpose of the MNP is to help promote a broader distribution of immigration across Canada. It was initially outlined as a priority following the 2019 election but has been delayed due to the pandemic. In addition, Fraser is to also ensure immigration better supports small- and medium-sized communities.
  • Waiving Canadian citizenship application fees: This was also identified by Trudeau as a priority following the 2019 election but has been another deliverable delayed by the pandemic.
  • Establish a Trusted Employer system: Fraser is being asked to work with the Employment Minister to establish a Trusted Employer system for Canadian companies hiring temporary foreign workers. In addition, he is being asked to improve the Global Talent Stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) by simplifying work permit renewals, upholding the two-week processing standard, and establishing an employer hotline.
  • Undocumented workers: Build on existing pilot programs to identify how to regularize status for undocumented workers in Canada.
  • Francophone immigration: Continue to work with Quebec to support French-language knowledge of immigrants in Quebec and also continue to promote the national Francophone immigration strategy.
  • Afghan refugees: Fulfill Canada’s goal to resettle 40,000 Afghan refugees.

BCHA Outlines Solutions for Critical Speculation Tax File
Committed to advocating for the best interests of our accommodation sector, the BCHA has continued to push the needle on our Speculation Tax file. While it is important to highlight the issues impacting accommodators, it is equally critical that we outline solutions.

The Issue:
The regulation providing strata hotel unit owners with an exemption to British Columbia’s Speculation and Vacancy Tax expires at the end of 2021. These units are a critical portion of B.C.’s lodging inventory and are not contractually or legally able to be rented for long-

Potential Solutions:
• A new OIC extending the exemption permanently would protect the owners of these strata accommodation units and their contribution to the visitor economy, or
• Provide another time-limited exemption of two years in order to review the matter and identify a permanent resolution through regulation or legislation.

Please see below for the complete briefing file, submitted to government.
B.C. Fairs, Festivals, Events Benefit from Recovery Funding
The Government of B.C. is providing nearly $30 million through one-time grants to eligible event organizers to support their efforts to resume safely. Grant amounts for each event are as much as 20% of the total event budget, for a maximum of $250,000.

Events that have received the Fairs, Festivals and Events Recovery Fund grant include the Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival, Pacific Rim Whale Festival, Quesnel Children’s Festival, Elk Valley Pride Festival and many more in 134 communities throughout British Columbia.

The regional distribution for the 681 Festivals, Fairs and Events Recovery Fund recipients is:
  • Cariboo, Chilcotin Coast – 17
  • Kootenay Rockies – 44
  • Northern B.C. – 43
  • Thompson Okanagan – 131
  • Vancouver, Coast and mountains – 317
  • Vancouver Island - 141

  • The full list of criteria can be found HERE
  • The full list of recipients for the Fairs, Festivals, and Events Recovery can be found HERE
Read the full announcement HERE
Commemorate Canada Re-opening Fund | Apply by January 10
The Reopening Fund is a one-year funding initiative through the Celebration and Commemoration Program to support initiatives that will:

  1. increase opportunities for Canadians to participate in various commemorative activities and celebrations to mark Canada’s emergence from the COVID-19 pandemic; or
  2. build a sense of pride and belonging to Canada by holding celebratory and commemorative activities that recognize people and achievements in the response to COVID-19 ; and / or
  3. support the revival of local economies through in-person events.

Canadian not-for-profit organizations, for-profit organizations with non-commercial projects, educational institutions, and government institutions are eligible to apply.
The deadline to apply is January 10, 2022.
Explore a Property Refresh with LIV Hospitality: Furniture & Design Specialists
Are you desiring a hotel rebrand or room refresh project for your esteemed property? 

The BCHA encourages you to connect with the experts at LIV Hospitality: Hotel Furniture and Design Specialists

LIV Hospitality is a capable and established custom manufacturer and supplier of bespoke commercial hospitality furniture, fixtures and equipment, including soft coverings rooted in the philosophy that each procurement experience should be tailored, yet seamless, through service, longevity, and capability.

For over thirty years, LIV Hospitality’s mission has been to deliver exceptional quality for every commercial project budget and scope – including hotel, restaurant, residential projects, healthcare, office, and senior living spaces. We are customer centric and work with within your budget to obtain the best results for your projects.

With offices based in Vancouver and internationally, LIV Hospitality serves accommodators across Canada, and is highly regarded globally with clients and projects in the United States, United Kingdom, Asia and Australia.

The company are proud to be a key supplier for some major projects in Vancouver such as the The Versante Hotel, The Seaside Hotel, The (former) Trump International Hotel, Executive Group Hotels, Holiday Inn Hotels, Best Western Chateau Granville - to name a few. We are locally based in Vancouver.

"Our key business model is that we are factory-direct - We are involved in every step of the process for the manufacturing, importing and delivery of your product to site and provide full warranty for our services."

Benefit to BCHA Members:

Complimentary consultation with a hotel designer to find out the latest hotel trends in rooms and public access areas and a quote for your upcoming projects

Interested in Learning More? Contact:
Ms Ginny Leow
ABLE BC | Call for Nominations Board of Directors
Are you a liquor licensee member of ABLE BC interested in running for a position on ABLE BC's Board of Directors? Is there someone you would like to nominate?
ABLE BC is currently seeking nominations for two director positions. Positions are available in: one from Vancouver Island, and one from Vancouver, Coast and Mountains region. Directors serve two-year terms and help set strategic direction for ABLE BC.
All completed nomination forms must be submitted to ABLE BC no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, January 7, 2022. Fax to 604-688-8560 or email to Executive Director Jeff Guignard at
After the nomination period ends, election ballots will be circulated to all members in the appropriate region for voting (if necessary). 
ABLE BC's Director Nominations is overseen by ABLE's Nominations Committee, comprised of:
  • Al Deacon (ABLE BC Director and Vice President)
  • Brady Beruschi (ABLE BC Director)
  • Vince Marino (ABLE BC Member) 
To learn more about our Nominations process, please consult Bylaw 6 of ABLE BC's Constitution and Bylaws
If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Guignard (Executive Director) at 604-688-5560 or
Round-Up | Provincial & Federal Relief Programs
Are you taking advantage of any of the following programs and relief measures? Please reach out to us should you have any questions.

Provincial Programs
  • BC Recovery Benefit: Individuals can apply for this recovery benefit worth up to $1,000. The benefit is based on 2019 income, so higher earners who lost jobs during the pandemic won't qualify. Hotline: 1-833-822-0220
  • BC Increased Employment Incentive - Deadline: Dec 31, 2021 The BC Increased Employment Incentive is a one-time refundable tax credit for employers which encouraged the creation of new jobs for BC workers or increases in payroll for existing low or middle-income employees in the last quarter ending December 31. The tax credit is calculated at 15% of the amount that the employer’s eligible remuneration for the last quarter exceeds the employer’s eligible remuneration for the quarter ending September 30th, 2020.
Federal Programs
  • Tourism Relief Fund: Program funding to empower tourism operators to create new or enhance existing tourism experiences to attract more local and domestic visitors and helping the sector reposition itself to welcome international visitors by offering the best Canadian tourism experience we have to offer the world.
  • Canadian Emergency Rent Subsidy: Subsidy of up to 75% of eligible expenses until October 23, 2021. Also includes an additional Lockdown Support of 25% if your business was significantly affected by a public health order. Applications to this program can happen retroactively back 6 months. Hotline: 1-800-959-5525 An extension to May 7, 2022 is currently proposed and still pending decision.
  • Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program: Aimed at sectors like tourism and hospitality, hotels, arts and entertainment, and will offer 100% government-guaranteed financing and provide low-interest loans up to $1 million for up to ten years. Available until March 31, 2022!
  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy: Covers part of your employee wages retroactively back to December 20, 2020 until October 23, 2021. The maximum subsidy is 75%. Hotline: 1-800-959-5525 An extension to May 7, 2022 is proposed and still pending decision.
  • Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP): The new Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP) is designed to encourage businesses to grow as the economy recovers, whether it’s due to hiring and re-hiring staff, increasing shifts, or increasing overall pay. This program has a proposed extension to May 7, 2022.
  • Note: Your business can only claim the CEWS OR CRHP - here is a comparison between the two programs
  • Canada Recovery Benefit: The Canada Response Benefit ended October 23, 2021. Claims can be made up to December 22, 2021. The government has proposed a new Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit that would provide $300 for eligible workers who are unable to work due to a temporary local lockdown anytime between Oct 24, 2021 and May 7, 2022. Further details on this proposed benefit will be released in the near future. Hotline: 1-833-966-2099
Workforce Challenges | Explore Digital Recruitment Campaigns with SIGNALS
As employers struggle to find skilled workers, operators must be more creative in the ways they engage and attract job seekers.
Signals Design & Digital Innovations is well-versed in how to implement successful digital recruitment campaigns and has developed recruitment solutions specifically with BCHA members in mind.
Through a highly strategic digital campaign, aimed to attract workers and expand brand awareness, SIGNALS can support your efforts to secure talented workers:
  • Take the trial and error out of the recruitment process saving you money
  • Increase the quantity and quality of applicants with a unique and targeted campaign
  • Showcase your employee culture and benefits to help place you above the rest
  • Accelerate the process and get the right candidates hired in shorter time
  • Build overall brand awareness and allow the SIGNALS team to create your unique recruitment campaign from your vision.
SIGNALS is a full service agency that can build what works best for you in the form from digital story creation and social media, to landing page development and SEO services.
Explore recruitment strategies by emailing
Or call (778) 653-1555
Reminder | Public Health Order Change | Table to Counter Service
The Ministry of Public Health has made some revisions to the Public Health Order on Food and Liquor Serving Premises, with attention to the conversion of table service restaurants to counter service. 

The Ministry heard from some premises that want to or have converted their operation from table service to counter service, dropping the selling of liquor for premise consumption in order to not have to undertake proof of vaccination checking.
Changes Outlined:
  • Consequently, the main changes in this order are to establish the rules for restaurants that want to make this conversion. 
  • To do so the order defines table service by listing all the characteristics that comprise table service. 
  • If a place does any of the things listed in the definition they are considered a table service restaurants and have to do proof of vaccination checking. 

Additional Clarifications:
  • Clarification that being fully vaccinated does not include having to have had a booster shot
  • Minor editorial changes for consistency with the Gatherings and Events order

Useful Links:
CMHA BC Mental Health
Videos for the Holiday Season
The Canadian Mental Health Association BC Chapter (CMHA BC) and go2HR have partnered on a new initiative to raise the awareness of mental health and wellness in the tourism and hospitality industry. As a part of their shared ongoing commitment to providing tools and resources to businesses, they regularly share important content developed by experts on mental health and wellness in the workplace.
Understanding that mental health is a state of well-being, the partnership has developed a series of videos to provide insightful industry-specific advice for the industry.
BC Tourism & Hospitality Conference | Last Chance to Submit Proposal
Do you have something you’d like to share with your industry colleagues at the 2022 BC Tourism & Hospitality Conference? 

You have less than one week to submit a session proposal through our Conference Call for Presentations.

The deadline to is 5:00pm PST Friday, December 17, 2021

Get Your Tickets Today &
Support Hospitality Workers! | BCHF 50/50
Please support our British Columbia hospitality and tourism community by purchasing tickets to a Holiday 50/50 Lottery benefitting the BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF). This licensed lottery is being promoted ONLY in our local hospitality and tourism community, so someone in or related to our industry will be the big winner!

Tickets are available at from Dec. 8th 2021 to Jan. 3rd, 2022 and make great gifts for coworkers and employees! 
They’re available in the following packages:
  • 150 tickets for $40
  • 20 tickets for $20
  • 5 tickets for $10
Funds raised by the lottery will be used to support individuals in the hospitality and tourism industry who are facing financial crisis due to a serious health condition experienced by themselves or a family member, so it’s a real win-win!
  • We are the only charity of its kind in Canada.
  • We are NOT government funded.
  • We raise our dollars through donations, lotteries, events, and auctions.
  • We have disbursed over 1.354 million dollars as on December 1, 2021.
  • Over $1,019,500 to 257 beneficiaries
  • $334,500 to 262 scholarship recipients

We are grateful that the BCHF receives funds from a variety of corporate initiatives initiated by our friends and colleagues in the hospitality industry, including partial proceeds from product sales. Please support our supporters by choosing to purchase their products, and help boost the BC economy at the same time!
Industry News & Quick Links
WestJet is slamming the federal government for reintroducing its broad advisory against non-essential international travel as COVID-19 cases make a resurgence across the country. “The targeted advice outlined [Wednesday] is not based on science and data and significantly undermines aviation's proven safety record in response to COVID-19,” the airline said in a release. Read more.

The Coquihalla Highway is set to reopen on Dec. 20, well ahead of the previously announced timeline.
The reopening, which will be by the end of that day, will be for commercial vehicles only and inter-city buses and will have areas of reduced speeds to ensure driver safety. Read more.

Comment with Joanne Burns Millar | Events Still Facing Recovery Challenges In an article published in Corporate Meetings Network, BC Meetings and Event Industry Working Group Chair, Joanne Burns Millar, penned an address surrounding the state of industry.

It turns out that the Golden Rule is a maxim hoteliers need to pay heed to when it comes to their own employees. It’s an axiom that is even more glaring as hourly wages in the leisure and hospitality space climb against a payroll cost base that remains lower but is showing signs of growth. Read More

2021 was a year when technology played a central role in the global hotel industry. Simpler and less costly tech solutions provided ways to cope with the pandemic and the staffing shortage. Read more
Available to HFTP and NCA members only, the publication covers cybersecurity risks, IT governance, regulation compliance, protection tools and response best practices, with a focus on club-specific environments. Read more
Luxury Galgorm Resort Collection Onboards New Properties with Maestro PMS, Adds Contactless Tools and API Integrations The team at award winning UK hospitality group in Northern Ireland able to book accommodation, spa, wedding and event business remotely using Maestro Web Browser PMS. Read more

Why AI Technology has Failed the Hospitality Industry – Thus Far Read more
Tipping Our Hat to Industry
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Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Debuts On Newsweek's List of America's Most Responsible Companies for 2022!

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world's largest hotel franchising company with approximately 9,000 hotels across nearly 95 countries, has been recognized in Newsweek's list of America's Most Responsible Companies for 2022 for its environmental and social responsibility practices.

This recognition comes on the heels of Wyndham being named as one of the Most Loved Workplaces by Newsweek, ranking #4 out of 100.

"A key pillar of Wyndham's business model is operating in a way that is socially, ethically and environmentally responsible, and as a hospitality company, service and volunteering are in our DNA," said Monica Melancon, Chief Human Resource Officer, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts.

Congratulations to the entire Wyndham team. Click here for full information.
Mark Your Calendars
Save the Date! | BC Tourism & Hospitality Conference, March 9-11, 2022

Join us for the 2022 BC Tourism & Hospitality Conference as we 'Kickstart the Comeback' and gather in-person to learn, tackle issues, forge new relationships, and work toward resiliency in the face of one of the hardest years in our sector's history.

Stay tuned for further updates coming soon!
Digital Marketing Tips for 2022 - Top 10 DIY Lead Generation Tools for Your Business
Wednesday, January 12, 2022 10:30AM - 12:00PM 
Hosted by: Small Business BC
As agile small businesses, we are constantly learning new ways to adapt to an ever-changing world. Some of these include emerging digital marketing and lead generation trends to help us reach more customers.
Join Digital Marketing Expert, Ted Lau as he shares valuable DIY tips for digital marketing in the new year. Ted is the owner of an award-winning digital marketing agency, Ballistic Arts Media Studios. Ted will cover SEO, e-commerce, social media platforms, and more.
What Will You Learn?
  • How to effectively target top funnel keywords into leads
  • How to improve online purchase experiences from prospective customers
  • How to engage with your leads authentically on social platforms
  • What it means to be "meta" and what you need to watch out for in 2022
To access the webinar free of charge, register online using coupon code DBC3034.

How to Bring Clarity and Coherence to Your Team - Aligning Strategy, Leadership, and Focus
Friday, January 21, 2022 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Hosted by: Small Business BC
Somewhere along the path of launching and running your business is a stage where you take a step back to set a coherent, clear, and consistent path to bring into alignment what you think, how you lead, and how your team works.
Learn how to develop an effective team perfectly aligned with your company’s vision and goals so they can clearly and proactively solve the right business problems with maximum impact.
What Will You Learn?
  • Develop a clear vision that guides you and your team’s decision-making
  • Lead with respect and concern for all team members that demonstrates appropriate compassion
  • Deliver results and enhance the strengths of your team members to achieve key objectives
  • Focus your team’s energy and time on the right tasks
To access the webinar free of charge, register online using coupon code DBC3034.
Info Session on Propel: A new wage subsidy
Need help bringing on new staff? Hiring students is a great way to build your team for short-term needs and to build a talent pipeline for the long term! And now you can access a wage subsidy of up to $7,500 through Propel, a brand new Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)!
Propel is offered through Tourism HR Canada, a Canadian organization with a mandate aimed at building a world-leading tourism workforce. Propel is specifically designed to support the tourism and hospitality sector.
Learn more about how your organization can take advantage of this federally funded wage subsidy program and how to bring on students from hospitality and tourism management, culinary arts, and other programs from across the province at this info session on Monday, November 15th at 2:00pm (Pacific).
Brought to you by the Talent MATCH Program, a collaboration between go2HR, the BC Museums Association, the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture, and the Association for Co-operative Education & Work Integrated Learning, this info session will feature Rachel George and Joe Baker from Propel, who will explain how the program works and how to apply.
This info session is free, but you must register for it here.
Want more information on hiring students? Visit the Talent MATCH webpage for more details or contact Project Manager Debby Reis at
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