BCHA Industry Update
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Dear Accommodation Community,
This week, we have been busy meeting with hotel owners, our board of directors, and hosting our AGM as well as the presenting to the Hotel Association of Vancouver, the Kelowna Hotel Motel Association, and several other industry organisations. We have been communicating the advocacy and education we have been working tirelessly on with our provincial partners across Canada and the Hotel Association of Canada. It has been a big week!
On Monday, we virtually hosted our first by invitation hotel owners meeting across the province to provide fulsome updates on the priorities of the BCHA and the advocacy files we have been working on over the past months to support our industry survival and recovery. We received positive comments and feedback from the meeting and will therefore continue to host hotel owner meetings quarterly by invitation.

The federal relief announcement communicated earlier this week was a culmination of months of work by you, our industry, us as your provincial voice and our partners at the Hotel Association of Canada. Rest assured – we are not finished yet – the announcement was positive to be sure, but the workability, timely access to the relief funds, and ensuring the gaps to accessing relief measures still need to be addressed. It is our intention to continue to host Hotel Owner meetings quarterly by invitation.
Yesterday, we hosted our final board meeting of the year with our board of directors followed by the BCHA Annual General Meeting. In addition to welcoming back fourteen returning directors, we are delighted to have three new directors joining the BCHA board including Chris Watson, Ravinder Dhaliwal, and Scott Johnson.
Ravinder Dhaliwal
Chief Financial Officer
Mundi Hotels Enterprises Inc.
Chris Watson
General Manager
Best Western Carlton Plaza Victoria
Scott Johnson
General Manager
Holiday Inn Express Metrotown
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Canon Ian Powell. Canon Powell has served on our board for several terms and this industry for decades. His successful career was matched only by his success and influence as a board member and industry leader. When we speak of a “corpus of knowledge”, that is Ian. His vigor for governance, his keen sense of humour, his wisdom of people and capacity as well as his thoughtful contribution to lively discussion will be greatly missed. As we move through these difficult times, we will be sure to reach out when needed for his advice and wisdom, and look forward to acknowledging him in person when we can meet once again in person. We wish him well in his retirement and with a sincere and wholehearted “Thank you sir”.

Today a new Provincial Health Order was issued addressing gatherings & events and once again business meetings in hotels were exempt. All social gatherings are restricted across the province. To read the new health order, click here.
Even though hotels and restaurants can operate while adhering to the stringent health and safety protocols and guidelines, our industry is seeing almost all bookings, reservations and meetings cancelled. Every time the public hears “stay home”, cancellations follow. 

Our job continues to be to ensure the relief measures are accessible, and timely, and that we identify the gaps and support our accommodation industry to the best of our ability. We are meeting with government, our new Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport as well as our new Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation tomorrow, and will ensure to educate and implore ongoing support for our industry.
As a part of both TIABC and the BCHA's annual general meetings yesterday, renowned tourism expert Greg Klassen delivered an outstanding presentation on the impact of COVID-19 on global tourism. He also talked about challenges and opportunities. Greg's presentation can be viewed here or you can view a recording of his presentation here.

Stay safe,

Ingrid Jarrett
President & CEO