Discover Comox Valley Professional Development & Tourism Mini-Conference Week
Celebrate tourism in the Comox Valley with Discover Comox Valley's Tourism & Professional Development Week October 21 - 24, during Small Business Month! Featuring innovative workshops and programs Monday to Wednesday, culminating with the Tourism Industry Mini-Conference on Thursday October 24. Click here for full descriptions and details of all Workshops and informative speakers.
Professional Development Workshops
October 21st to 23rd, 2019
Vancouver Island Visitor Centre

Monday, October 21, 12:30-4:30pm - 16 spots left!
Cost: $75 per person
Presented by Gaetane Palardy, Tourism and Hospitality Training & Consulting

Tuesday, October 22, 2:00-4:30pm
Food & Beverage Industry Workshop
Cost: Free
Presented by Ian Tostenson, CEO, BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association

Wednesday, October 23, 10:00am-3:00pm - Only 1 spot left!
Cost: Free, lunch provided
Presented by Dana Wacker, Tourism Vancouver Island
Tourism Industry Mini-Conference
Thursday, October 24, 4:00-7:30pm
Vancouver Island Visitor Centre

Don’t miss  the tourism event of the year for the Comox Valley tourism industry! Operators, owners, frontline staff, volunteers and stakeholder come together to learn, provide vital input into 2020 tourism and destination marketing plans and network with sector leaders!

For More Information & to Register for the Tourism Industry Mini-Conference click here.
Mini-Session Topics and Speakers:
"Utilizing the BC Tourism Content Commonwealth"
Dana Wacker, Tourism Vancouver Island
"Where the Rubber Hits the Trail; Opportunities in Mountain Bike Tourism"
Martin Littlejohn, Mountain Bike Tourism Association
"Tapping in the Craft Beer Craze"
Ken Beattie & Monica Frost, BC Ale Trail
Information Stations:
  • Tourism Vancouver Island
  • Comox Valley Airport
  • Comox Valley Arts Council
  • Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Sid Williams Theatre
  • Courtenay Downtown BIA
  • Destination BC
  • North Island College Student Employment Services
  • Harbour Air Seaplanes
  • and more
Networking BBQ & Mixer:
Catered by The Pickled Carrot

It's time to mix and mingle with other professionals in the Tourism industry, while enjoying delicious bites from The Pickled Carrot, beverage tasting stations, and cash bar.

Tasting Stations provided by:
  • 40 Knots Vineyard & Estate Winery
  • Wayward Distillery
  • New Traditions Brewing Company
  • Ace Brewing Company
  • and more
Lunch & Learn Series
October is Small Business Month featuring Comox Valley Economic Development and Tourism's (CVEDS) annual Business Counts Workshop Series! From alternative sources of capital to Growing with Google, from business transition to food safety innovations; learn from leaders in a range of business fields to help enhance your business objectives with new trends, tools and tips!

2019 Farm Cycle Tour
This year's Comox Valley Farm Cycle Tour, hosted in partnership with the Comox Valley Cycling Coalition, had 29 tour stops & over 260 pre-registered cyclists! A HUGE thank you goes out to the Comox Valley Cycling Coalition and all the volunteer hours they contributed, as well as the 29 farms and partners who participated in this event, including Amped Rides and Ambassador Shuttles!

Preliminary highlights include:
  • 500+ digital map views
  • 2.5k views on the Farm Cycle Tour Facebook event
  • 34% of registered cyclists were from outside of the Comox Valley - including guests from as far away as Hawaii!
Social Media Workshops
Specially designed for artists, makers, creators & inventors who want to build an audience but are new to, or intimidated by, social media. Hosted by Comox Valley Arts and Peer Garden Media.