Simply put, the Visitor Services Marketing Program (VSMP) is the most comprehensive tourism marketing program available and offers the furthest reach, largest distribution, most website sessions and influences the most visitors looking to spend their touring and vacationing dollars in the Comox Valley.

New features of the 2018 program include:

  1. A larger guide and new production partnership with Blackpress and the Comox Valley Record, which includes an insertion into the Comox Valley Record before summer (over 20k distribution alone!)
  2. Guaranteed 80,000 distribution through Visitor Info Centres across BC, major transportation hubs on Vancouver Island, Record insert and BC Ferries
  3. New all-inclusive packages which combine print and digital exposure for one low price!
  4. FREE inclusion in a smaller run themed guide featuring your choice of Outdoor or Marine Adventure, Dine and Drink, Arts Culture Heritage, or Awesome All Winter!
  5. FREE Programmatic and Search digital advertising in summer 2018 leading consumers to your business listing at

Space is selling fast so talk to your local Blackpress / Comox Valley Record Sales Representative about all-inclusive advertising packages TODAY!
Keith Currie
Comox Valley Economic Development and Tourism , together with the Downtown Courtenay BIA , Comox BIA , Mount Washington Alpine Resort , Tourism Mount Washington , numerous event hosts and the Courtenay hoteliers are collaborating to undertake a significant winter destination marketing campaign in early 2018. The multi-media campaign promotes Ski & Stays, and a series of après ski signature events between until February 15. Some preliminary marketing highlights to date include campaign website visits +18k, Ski and Stay packages page views: +8k, New Instagram followers: 1000+.
Share the website with your customers & guests and consider attending these two upcoming events being held this weekend!
Almost Alan Barn Dance
February 2
40 Knots & Friends Winery Take-over
February 3
Dine Around Comox Valley is back February 20 – March 11, 2018 and has confirmed a terrific line-up of 22 participating restaurants, cafes and pubs offering pre-fixed, 3-course meals and Sip Around specials! It’s not too late for businesses to host a culinary related event during Dine Around, to compliment the 3-course meal promotion. 
Get your business involved by hosting an event! Businesses are encouraged to host an event as part of Dine Around Comox Valley. Pairing dinners, dinner and music, cooking classes, and other culinary events will be included in a 3 week calendar.
Western Canada’s largest seafood celebration returns this June 8 – 17, with an ever expanding line up of events, chef challenges, tours and competitions. 2018 is going to be the largest Festival in its 12 year history, bolstered by a massive $250k integrated marketing campaign. Businesses are encourage to hosts events or tours as part of the extensive BC Seafood Festival event calendar as a way to generate increased exposure and sales! Submit by February 26.
Tourism Vancouver Island, in partnership with Destination BC, is delivering an exciting new Remarkable Experiences Program developed by Destination British Columbia geared to small and medium sized tourism businesses who want to provide a remarkable experience at all touch points from trip planning, to booking, to the experience and beyond.
This 4-day program (divided into two 2-day sessions) February 6 & 7 and March 6 & 7 provides hands-on, collaborative workshops, personalized one-on-one coaching specific to your business needs, access to traveler research and case studies, and tools to help put your ideas into action through learning;
  • what motivates travelers to come to your destination/business
  • how to create a visitor profile and visitor experience statement
  • the destination’s main explorer traveler types and their psychographics (Explorer Quotient or EQ)
  • how to attract traffic to your website and social channels
  • social media best practices
  • tools to help manage your social channels, and more