2018 BC Seafood Festival Boasts Significant Growth
With an expanded Signature Weekend, and massive collaboration between tourism, culinary & seafood industry sponsors and partners including the BC Shellfish Growers Assn. , Destination BC , Air Canada , Comox Valley Airport , FortisBC , Courtenay hoteliers, and Coast Capital Savings the Comox Valley hosted the largest seafood festival on the west coast of Canada, surpassing expectations again this year:

  • 200k website page views (141%+)
  • 89k+ clicks from online ads to the website (392%+)
  • 9000 Global TV Contest Entries
  • 5200 tickets sold
  • Extensive Domestic Media Coverage
  • 45+ domestic and international Chefs participated;
  • 45+ International Seafood Buyers Mission delegates, from 10 nations;
  • 350+ BC Seafood Expo registered delegates, 40+ trade show booths;
Thank you to all the incredible event partners and hosts that helped make the Festival the success it was. Check out the gallery of images here and save the dates for June 7 - 16, 2019!
Significant New Funding Leveraged for Increased Destination Marketing
Comox Valley Economic Development & Tourism (CVEDS) is pleased to announced they successfully secured $225k in matching funds via the 2018/19 Destination BC Co-Op Marketing Partnerships Program. The funds will form a total of $450k+ in shoulder season destination marketing campaigns including the 2018 BC Seafood Festival, a Culinary Tourism Campaign, WILDerness Campaign, showcasing the regions outdoor activities, and a Winter Campaign in January and February. To read more about the DBC program, click here .

CVEDS is also participating in 2018/19 Sector-based or Consortium Campaigns & initiatives with other regional Destination Marketing Organizations and tourism businesses, to further leverage funding and expand the awareness of the Comox Valley:
Vancouver Island Visitor Centre – Q2 Highlights
The Vancouver Island Visitor Centre (Comox Valley) continues to be one of the top busiest Centres on Vancouver Island, welcoming thousands of visitors from around the world and directing them to attractions & businesses throughout the region. Check out stats from Q2 as follows:

VIVC 2018 Q2

  • True Visitors: 4,430 (+4% over 2017)
  • Buses: 19 (+35% over 2017)

Additional regional stats:

  • Passenger Volume: 104,232 (+15% over 2017)
Beverage & Food Producers Wanted to Join the Farm Cycle Tour
Join the growing list of farms, food and beverage producers who will be opening their doors to hundreds of cyclists at the 8th annual Comox Valley Farm Cycle Tour, Sunday, September 23 , 10 am - 4 pm. Click here to see the growing list and to learn more how your business can be involved email events@discovercomoxvalley.com .
New Comox Ambassador Program Hits the Pavement in Downtown Comox
The Comox BIA and Comox Valley Economic Development & Tourism have collaborated to launch an Ambassador Program pilot project this spring, which sees DBC Visitor Centre Program Trained staff, providing mobile visitor services and business referrals to visitors within the downtown area and harbour. Over 2000 individuals, including visitors from Asia, Australia and Washington have been assisted – read more about the program here.
Accommodation Providers
Effective October 1, the Province of BC is changing how its taxing accommodation providers such as Bed and Breakfasts and Airbnb. Click here to read the details, exemptions, transitional rules and how to register for PST and MRDT.
New Winter Events and Activity Guide
Sales Launch
After the release of the Comox Valley Vacation Guide, Arts & Culture Guide, Dine & Drink Guide, and the Outdoor Adventure & Marine Guide , the Blackpress team, in partnership with Comox Valley Economic Development & Tourism are pleased to present a new Comox Valley Winter Events and Activity Guide that will showcase the areas incredible winter product - Mount Washington, incredible live music scene, events and much more, as part of an extensive Destination Marketing Campaign targeted to the lower mainland and Vancouver Island to increase visitation to the region this winter!

Click here to view the rate sheet or call your Comox Valley Record sales rep, 250-338-5811.
Tourism Vancouver Island FREE Google Optimization Service – Reminder
Tourism Vancouver Island has initiated a program to help make it easier for businesses to become verified for the "Google My Business" listing, including businesses in the Comox Valley. Called the Google Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) Partnership Program, this program empowers Tourism Vancouver Island to verify businesses on location or optimize a current listing. This initiative saves time and effort on the part of the business, which would otherwise need to wait for a postcard with a verification code to finalize the Google business claim.
Several Comox Valley businesses have already expressed interest in participating in the program and will be working with Tourism Vancouver Island to become verified. The program is FREE and takes between 20-45 minutes. Businesses receive a claimed business listing, optimization of the business listing, 360-degree photos to help in optimization and best practices to maintain the business listing. Tourism Vancouver Island is taking appointments based on a first come, first serve basis.
Tourism Vancouver Island will be in the Comox Valley on Tuesday, September 4. There is room for approximately 8-10 businesses that day.
If you would like to claim your listing or optimize your existing listing through the program simply fill out this form and a representative from Tourism Vancouver Island will connect with you directly to schedule an appointment. If this timing does not work, alternative times will be arranged in the near future by Tourism Vancouver Island.
FREE - Discover Comox Valley Event Listings
Fall and winter marketing plans are rolling out; upload your events here for FREE onto this robust event calendar to get more eyes on your events. It is used not only by the Visitor Centre team in assisting with inquiries, but also is integrated as a resource via DCV social media and online marketing campaigns, as well as via the DCV E-Blasts sent weekly to thousands of consumers.
Tourism Vancouver Island Updates