September 15, 2016  
Voice of the BC Tourism Industry

Chair's Message
By now you've likely heard the good news that the province is working with BC Ferries to find a suitable vessel and restore the direct summer service between Port Hardy and Bella Coola by 2018 at the latest.
You may recall that when the route was cancelled in 2014, TIABC and its then-CEO, Ian Robertson, spoke out against the move, as did Aboriginal Tourism BC and other stakeholders throughout B.C.
TIABC's current CEO Walt Judas picked up the torch some 15 months ago and worked as part of a unique coalition of 15 First Nations, tourism and community stakeholders to develop an Aboriginal-focussed, mid-coast tourism strategy that incorporated suitable access for residents and visitors. In fact, a new ferry and more frequent direct service was really the catalyst to implementing the new plan.
Participants at mid-coast ferry announcement
I commend not only the coalition, led by Keith Henry and Pat Corbett, but Premier Clark, Minister Bond and Minister Stone for recognizing the First Nations tourism potential for the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region and responding accordingly with impending investment in transportation infrastructure, product development and marketing.
I'm also pleased that TIABC was able to lend its efforts and voice to this historic initiative that clearly demonstrates the value and need for tourism advocacy in British Columbia.
Speaking of advocacy, we need your help to enlist your local mayor, councillors and other civic influencers in the process to convince the province that legislation is necessary to manage the growing problems associated with short-term room rentals (STRs) throughout B.C.
At its core, the issue is about affordable housing for workers, particularly in resort communities where lack of available accommodation compounds the difficulty of attracting employees needed to deliver services and experiences to visitors.

At the upcoming UBCM convention, TIABC has coordinated a session on STRs that is expected to be engaging, lively and well attended by both civic and provincial government representatives.  However, prior to the workshop, delegates will debate a resolution that calls for government to examine the issues around STRs and work with UBCM to establish regulations for short term accommodation that address taxation fairness and compliance to permit an equitable competitive environment between all short term accommodation providers.

TIABC's policy position suggests that MRDT and the hotel tax be collected at source as merely one tool to manage this growing business activity. Taxation is by no means the panacea to solve the issue (which is better handled by local government) but offers some form of legitimacy and accountability to a largely unregulated sector.

As always, we appreciate your feedback.  If you're planning to attend UBCM, I look forward to seeing you there.

Jim Humphrey

BC Tourism Industry Conference 
Partnership Opportunities
TIABC is looking for members and stakeholders who would like to p artner with us on the next BC Tourism Industry Conference (TIC 2017). 

Partners of TIC 2017 are an important and visible part of the event. As a partner, you will be provided with a range of benefits to showcase your business or association in multiple ways. 

Check out our  2017 BCTIC Partnership Package  for details on how you can get involved!

Visit our website ( or download the information package here

Show Your Membership Support for Provincial Tourism Advocacy

When we introduced our new website earlier this year, we provided a new TIABC logo web tile. As a member, you're able to add this web tile to your website to acknowledge your membership with TIABC and assist in promoting membership to other organizations and businesses. Please link the web tile to

Visit our members only section at to download a tile - in both white and black colours. 


BC Businesses Nominated for 
Canadian Tourism Awards
The Canadian Tourism Awards (on Nov. 30) are presented annually by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada ( TIAC ) to celebrate success, leadership and innovation in Canada's travel and tourism industry and recognize those who go above and beyond to offer superior tourism experiences in Canada. Several British Columbia businesses have been nominated and are finalists in the following categories:

Air Canada Business of the Year Award
Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa - Victoria, BC
Watermark Beach Resort - Osoyoos, BC
Vancouver International Airport - Richmond, BC (TIABC member!)

Metro Toronto Convention Centre Event of the Year Award
Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association - Half Corked Marathon  - Oliver, BC (TIABC member!)

Hilton Worldwide Small or Medium-Sized Business of the Year Award 
Ocean River Sports & Adventure - Victoria, BC

The Transat Sustainable Tourism Award
Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre  - Vancouver, BC  (TIABC member!)

Call for Nominations

Destination Canada, our country's national tourism marketing organization, is committed to promoting Canada as a world-class tourism destination to visitors from around the world. It is governed by a Board of Directors that provides strategic direction on marketing efforts, tourism promotion, and how best to increase the global reach of Canada's travel and tourism industry. The Board consists of up to 12 volunteer members who oversee the organization's management, provide strategic guidance, and effective oversight.
The Government of Canada has opened the selection process to fill a number of current and upcoming vacancies on the Board of Directors of Destination Canada.  Canadians from across the country who are committed to tourism excellence are encouraged to apply online by September 30, 2016. Further information on the new appointment policy and selection  process can be found on the Governor in Council (GIC) appointments website,

Royal BC Museum Launches 2016/17 Program Guide
There is a mammoth of activity going on at the Royal BC Museum, and the new  2016/17 Program Guide  is full of programs, special events and upcoming exhibitions for visitors of all ages - from Haunted Halloween, to exhibits to Museum Happy Hour!

October is Small Business Month

Small Business BC, the province's premier resource for entrepreneurs, and TD Bank Group have partnered to offer the MyBizDay Series events in Kelowna, Prince George, Vancouver and Victoria throughout Small Business Month in October and November.

These full-day education events featuring workshops, exhibits and networking will connect over 2,000 entrepreneurs with helpful tools and resources to start and grow their business. Dates include:

MyBizDay Thompson Okanagan - Wednesday October 19 in Kelowna

MyBizDay Northern BC - Thursday October 27 in Prince George

MyBizDay Metro Vancouver - Tuesday November 1 in Vancouver

MyBizDay Vancouver Island - Wednesday November 9 in Victoria

The public and small business community is encouraged to join Small Business BC on the MyBizDay tour. For more information or to register, visit TIABC stakeholders can get $10 off tickets to any MyBizDay event with the promo code COMMUNITY. 

Learn more about Small Business Month free events, being hosted at the Small Business BC Education Centre in Vancouver, and broadcast via webinar to business owners throughout BC:


Great Bear Rainforest Visitor Survey


Minimum Wages increases September 15th

In May, g overnment announced that the minimum wage will be raised in two stages to better reflect the province's overall economic growth, with the first stage in effect as of September 15, 2016.

Effective immediately, the minimum wage rate will be increased by 40 cents to $10.85 per hour. This new rate includes the 10 cents scheduled for the 2015 Consumer Price Index (CPI), plus an additional 30 cents.

The minimum wage rate for liquor servers will also increase by the same amount as the general minimum wage, to $9.60 per hour. The differential of $1.25 between the general minimum wage and liquor server rate will be maintained.

To learn more about minimum wages and best practices, visit the  go2HR website.


Victoria Harbour Ferry Expands Zero-Emission Fleet 

You could call it the quiet revolution. After the successful launch last year of its first electric passenger vessel, Victoria Harbour Ferry added two more of the silent, zero-emission vessels to its fleet on July 30.

The three all-electric passenger ferries will serve the company's popular Gorge Cruise making the scenic 60- minute tour of Victoria's historic Gorge  waterway 100 per cent zero-emission. If they had continued with three new diesel vessels, as opposed to the three new all-electric vessels, the company would have consumed approximately 8,000 litres of fuel during each season. 

For more details, download the press release here.

Revelstoke Airport Improvements Lead to Winter Charter Flight Trial

A trial charter flight service will kick off in early 2017, with 32 flights between Vancouver and Revelstoke allowing ski travellers to get to bypass highway traffic and get to Revelstoke quicker
City of Revelstoke staff are partnering with key organizations such as  Revelstoke Airport, Revelstoke Mountain Resort and the Revelstoke Accommodation Association to charter Pacific Coastal Airlines for flights between Vancouver and Revelstoke every  Thursday and Sunday beginning the  last week in January and concluding the third  week of March. Trips are booked through  Everything Revelstoke, who have also secured  a contract with an Alberta-based airline for private transfers from Edmonton and Calgary.

Revelstoke's airport runway was extended in 2014 as part of the  city's Resort Development Strategy for 2012-2016. The strategy included Resort Municipality Initiative funding along with partnered dollars. Securing a flight service to Revelstoke has been a long-term goal of the community's economic development team. 

Labour Shortage Issues Continue to Have Negative Impact on Tourism Growth in BC

Valemount Ski Resort One Step Closer to Reality

A new B.C. ski and sightseeing resort planned near Jasper, Alberta could be up and running by December 2017 now that the province has approved the master plan for the  Valemount Glacier Destination Resort project

The proposed $175 million resort will be built in the  C ariboo  Mountains just west of the village of  Valemount and would feature year-round ski lifts and gondolas for sightseeing. Plans call for the ski area to include the biggest vertical drop in North America and access to glaciers over 3,000 metres in elevation.

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