Discover Comox Valley Professional Development & Mini-Conference Week Announced
Celebrate tourism in the Comox Valley with Discover Comox Valley's Tourism & Professional Development Week October 21 - 24, during Small Business Month! Featuring workshops and programs Monday to Wednesday, culminating with the Tourism Industry Mini-Conference on Thursday October 24. Register Now for full descriptions and details of all Workshops and informative speakers.

October 21st to 24th, 2019
Vancouver Island Visitor Centre

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SESSIONS
Monday, October 21, 12:30-4:30pm
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
Cost: Free, lunch provided
Presented by Dana Wacker, Tourism Vancouver Island
 
TOURISM INDUSTRY MINI-CONFERENCE - Thursday, October 24, 4:00-7:30pm
Don’t miss the annual regional tourism sector development event for operators, owners, frontline staff, and stakeholders! This Tourism Industry Mini-Conference features concise, yet informative business development mini-sessions, a series of one-stop-shop info stations on 2020 marketing and partnership initiatives, and a delicious networking BBQ. Get the latest research and tourism data, provide input & feedback into destination marketing initiatives, and meet new business contacts!
Mini-sessions include:
  • Dana Wacker, Tourism Vancouver Island - "Utilizing the BC Tourism Content Commonwealth"
  • Martin Littlejohn, Mountain Bike Tourism Association - "Where the Rubber Hits the Trail; Opportunities in Mountain Bike Tourism"
  • Ken Beattie, BC Ale Trail - "Tapping in the Craft Beer Craze"
  • and more!

Take advantage of the early bird rate of $20 and register before August 31!
Fall Campaign and Event Marketing Opportunity
Attention Beer, Food, and Outdoor adventure businesses and operators - it's time to jump into the exciting Discover Comox Valley Fall Marketing and Event Campaign showcasing culinary attractions & events, beer-adventures and outdoor experiences.

Host an event or tour, join the Ale-ventures Passport Program, register as a Farm Cycle Tour stop and much more! Click here to read the campaign overview and participation options and/or complete the following participation forms:

BCRFA Foreign Worker Program - Info Session
BC Restaurant and Food Services Association (BCRFA) – Foreign Worker Program Conference Call Opportunity
Monday Aug. 12, 10:30am

Businesses in the foodservices sector continue to experience significant challenges in finding skilled labour. If that's your business, join Ian Tostenson, President & CEO of the BC Restaurant and Food Services Association, and Brij Rathi, President & CEO of Brij Rathi Consultancy Ltd. for a program overview and onboarding information. This program allows BC restaurants to fill job roles which require experienced individuals such as chefs, cooks, food service supervisors, bar supervisors and restaurant managers. Click here for current program details and RSVP direct to geoff@investcomoxvalley.com.
Beverage and Food Producers Wanted -
Comox Valley Farm Cycle Tour
On behalf of the Comox Valley Economic Development & Tourism and the Comox Valley Cycling Coalition we are excited to announce the 9th annual Farm Cycle Tour!

Comox Valley growers and producers – register your farm or business now for this year’s Farm Cycle Tour; over 400 riders are anticipated! This year’s event is Sunday, September 22nd from 10am - 4pm.
 
Benefits of being a Farm Cycle Tour Stop:
  • Participating stops will be marketed online through the Farm Cycle tour website, linked to your own site, and promoted via Discover Comox Valley social media networks, online marketing, and to an extensive consumer/tourism database via Discover Comox Valley e-blasts;
  • Exposure through press releases and newspaper ads;
  • Opportunity to educate visitors and showcase your farm or food and beverage processing business, and your progressive practices.
Take the Innovate 2030 Online Business Survey
Have your say! The purpose of this survey is to engage Comox Valley businesses, from all sectors, to gather their feedback & input around challenges and opportunities for the Comox Valley’s future economy. The results of this survey will inform crucial components of the forthcoming regional economic development strategy called Innovate 2030.

Depending on the type of participant, the length of the survey will vary, but overall it has been designed to take between 10 to 20 minutes to complete.
BC Seafood Festival – Shucktastic Success
Thank you to everyone involved in the BC Seafood Festival and Expo, here are some of the 2019 successes and highlights:

  • 303,725 website page views (30% increase)
  • 16m ad impressions
  • 11,000+ Social Media post reactions (likes, comments, shares, etc.)
  • Gala Dinner, Shucked!, Bounty!, Ceviche MasterClass, Signature Weekend - SOLD OUT
  • 40+ domestic Chefs participated
  • 70+ International Seafood Buyers Mission guests, from 10+ nations
  • 85+ Events and Tours

These and many other exciting results would not have occurred without the incredible collaboration between seafood producers and industry associations, extensive sponsors and media partners, tourism industry businesses, chefs and restaurants, vendor booths, volunteers and funders.

Click here to see the growing media coverage about the region and the Festival!

Save the date for the 2020 BC Seafood Festival June 12-21, BC Seafood Expo June 17-18 and the Festival Signature Weekend June 19-21.
Vancouver Island Visitor Centre – Helping Grow Your Business
The Vancouver Island Visitor Centre offers so much more than just a rest stop for visitors to the Comox Valley! The centre offers Comox Valley businesses numerous unique advertising and sales opportunities which engage locals and visitors alike. 

  • Rack your brochures at the Centre (~30K visitors annually) and at the Comox Valley Airport
  • Sell your tours via the Discover Comox Valley online booking system
  • Showcase a 15 or 30 second video of your business on the visitor centre screens
  • Sell your retail items in our gift shop on consignment
  • NEW - Help verify/optimize your Google My Business listing - Register for the FREE Google 360 Verification Program! Book an appointment today.

Drop in, email or call the Visitor Centre to see what we can do to help grow your business! Email: visitorcentre@discovercomoxvalley.com Phone: 1-855-400-2882
Vancouver Island Visitor Centre Numbers Climb to 18k+ Year to Date
Q1

True visitors 2,778 (8%+)
Request types:
Attractions 299
Food/beverage 269
Parks 259
Outdoor 263
Mount Washington 204
Accommodations 46
Arts and Culture 117
Q2

True visitors 5,533 (24%+)
Request types:
Attractions 641
Food/beverage 527
Parks 689
Outdoor 514
Mount Washington 237
Accommodations 74
Arts and Culture 201
List Your Events for FREE - DCV Event Calendar
List your community events for FREE on the Discover Comox Valley website which will also be added on the static display TV behind the counter at the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre to reach more visitors. Events may receive additional exposure via Discover Comox Valley social media channels and inclusion in the weekly Discover Comox Valley Consumer e-Blasts (~15k distribution); all we need are the details and a good picture.
Advertising Opportunities
Times Colonist, and Comox Valley Economic Development and Tourism are collaborating to present this Comox Valley feature with special discounted rates and accompanying editorials in the next Discover Vancouver Island edition. View the rate sheet here. To view this year's edition, click here.
The Central Island Arts Guide is a 48-page professionally designed and printed, full colour directory, with a minimum print run of 24,000 copies distributed at key Arts & Culture locations throughout Vancouver Island, and all major BC Ferries routes and terminals. View the rate sheet here. To view this year's edition, click here.
Comox Valley Trip Planning Guides
Check out the official trip planning guides for the region, complete with maps, event calendars, business listings and insider tips on things to do and places to go in the Comox Valley. These include:
Downtown Comox Ambassador Program Returns
Thank you to the Comox BIA for collaborating with Comox Valley Economic Development and Tourism to present the Downtown Comox Ambassador Program for a second season!

The program's goal is to engage visitors and boaters who would not normally visit the bricks and mortar location of the Visitor Centre to increase awareness of the businesses, services and attractions in the area.

The roaming Ambassador team engages with visitors in downtown Comox, Marina Park and the Wharf Thursday to Sunday from 9:30am - 4:00pm, June 27 - September 1.
Credit: Island Affair Giftware, Comox