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Premier Eby's Housing Strategy Includes Commitments to Address Short-Term Rentals


Last week, Premier David Eby and Housing Minister Ravi Kahlon released the new Homes for People plan focused on increasing housing supply, housing affordability, and addressing speculation. The government will invest more than $4 billion over three years, along with $12 billion over the next 10 years.

As one of our key advocacy files, the BCHA was thrilled that the plan includes addressing the issue of short-term vacation rentals (STVRs) in British Columbia. The rise of online rental platforms has led to thousands of homes being diverted to the STVR market, exacerbating the province's shortage of affordable long-term housing. This has significant implications for our industry and all British Columbians, as the lack of housing drives up cost of living and poses significant challenges in attracting and retaining talent. 

Despite many municipalities implementing by-laws to regulate short-term rentals, there is still a need for improved compliance from both hosts and rental platforms. The Province shared it will take steps to introduce measures that will facilitate better data-sharing between platforms and municipalities, thereby enabling more effective by-law enforcement, and keeping both hosts and online platforms accountable. 

We applaud the government's efforts to ensure STVR platforms play by the rules and help drive much-needed long-term rental homes into that market. We will continue to work collaboratively with the Government, our industry partners, and communities to support long-term accessible, affordable rental housing for all British Columbians.


InnFocus Feature | Regenerative Travel: What Is It and How to Lean In?

Regenerative travel is a rapidly growing movement in the tourism industry that focuses on revitalizing local communities, preserving natural environments, and creating positive social impact through sustainable tourism practices. Accommodators in BC can learn more about this exciting trend by reading the "GoGreen Regenerative Travel" article in the latest issue of InnFocus magazine. The article explores how regenerative travel can benefit both the local economy and the environment, and provides practical tips for how accommodators can implement regenerative practices in their businesses. Don't miss out on this opportunity to stay ahead of the curve in sustainable tourism - check out the article in InnFocus today!


BCHA in Quebec to Drive Federal Advocacy & Industry Growth

Ingrid Jarrett, BCHA President & CEO, and HAC Board Director, recently attended the HAC Board Meeting in Montreal. The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss and deliberate on crucial next steps for our key federal advocacy priorities, which encompass sustainable tourism growth and infrastructure, workforce development, immigration policies, and pressing policy amendments. Throughout the meeting, attendees explored ways to enhance industry advocacy to meet federal advocacy priorities, which will align with our ongoing provincial-level work. The overarching objective is to safeguard the health of our entire tourism ecosystem while responding to the expected surge in industry demand over the next decade.

Industry Event Of the Year Less Than 1 Month Away! Register

The 2023 BCHA Summit is LESS THAN 1 month away! Don't miss the BC hotel event of the year! With an amazing lineup of keynote speakers, panel discussions, and educational sessions, the official return of the Summit promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

Explore the complete program schedule and purchase your tickets today! Get ready for a 50-vendor  Marketplace, fun-fueled Welcome Reception, and the must-attend Summit Spring Fling with music, comedy, dancing, an Okanagan-inspired menu, and the delivery of SEVEN industry awards of excellence! Whether you're an operator, owner, manager, or supplier, you do not want to miss this exciting event.


BCHA Victoria Advocacy Update

Last week, BCHA team members, Ingrid and Alison, attended the Hotel Association of Greater Victoria meeting at the Delta Oceanpoint Resort. The presentation covered several important topics such as rising costs for the accommodation community, recent workforce wins, policy and immigration asks, recruitment programs, MRDT renewal, and more. We greatly encourage our members who are struggling to hire to reach out to our Workfroce Strategist, Alison Langford at alison@bcha.com.


Is Your Team Up to Date on Customer Service Training?

Improve your customer service skills and exceed expectations with Blue Mountain Solutions' online training course! BCHA members get a $141 discount on the full package of four courses with code BCHASPECIAL. Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to recieve top-notch industry training for your entire team--anytime on any device.



Minimum Wage Increases to $16.75 Per Hour on June 1

Last week, the Honorable Harry Bains, Minister of Labour, announced that B.C. minimum wage will increase on June 1 from $15.65 to $16.75 per hour. With the increase B.C. will have the second highest minimum wage in Canada after Yukon at $16.77. Since 2015, the minimum wage has increased 60.2%.



BC Chamber of Commerce Reaction to Minimum Wage Increase

Following this letter co-signed by the BCHA, The BC Chamber of Commerce has released a statement regarding the recent minimum wage increase, which acknowledges the challenges businesses may face. The statement calls for a comprehensive approach that includes affordable housing, childcare, and transportation. The BC Chamber of Commerce is committed to working with the government and the business community to find sustainable solutions that benefit workers and businesses alike.


Funding Announced to Support Economic Development in Rural BC

The Province has announced plans to introduce legislative amendments this fall to provide $30 million to three of BC's economic trusts - the Island Coastal Economic Trust, the Northern Development Initiative Trust, and the Economic Trust of the Southern Interior. Each trust will receive $10 million to invest in their respective regions, helping to support new infrastructure, enhance small business opportunities, and promote Indigenous economic development.  



Enhance Communication with Hytera Canada

Hytera Canada offers two-way radios for hotels, designed to enhance communication and increase operational efficiency. With a wide range of models available, with advanced features such as GPS tracking and text messaging, Hytera Canada can provide solutions tailored to the specific needs of any hotel. Overall, Hytera Canada's two-way radios can help hotels to provide superior service to their guests and streamline their operations.


Do you Know How to Administer Nalaxone? Free Education and Tools to Prevent Overdosing

Have you heard of Toward the Heart? It's a website that provides harm reduction resources and education on safer drug use. With the ongoing opioid crisis, it's important to know how to recognize an overdose and how to administer naloxone, a life-saving medication. Toward the Heart offers free training and resources to help protect your guests and staff. Check out their website to learn more and access their resources.


Improve Credit Card Payments with Teknotip

Teknotip offers a free and easy-to-use service for hotels to improve credit card payments, employee experience, and differentiate themselves with innovative tipping. Customers can scan the QR code to leave a tip, with the option to register for a receipt. It attracts and retains employees with additional income and helps hotels stand out.


BCHA Buyer's Guide

The 2023 BCHA Buyer's Guide is out now, providing a one-stop-shop for finding top-quality vendors for your hotel, resort or accommodation. It contains a comprehensive list of preferred vendors for everything from linens to technology solutions, all vetted by the BCHA. Join the Vendor Marketplace at the BCHA Summit in Kelowna on May 1-2 to meet the suppliers in person.



At least 300 visits expected as B.C.'s 2023 cruise ship season 

Cruise ship season officially launches in British Columbia as the Sapphire Princess berths in Victoria for a one-day visit. The vessel then travels to Vancouver to begin that city's season. The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority expects 330 ships between April and October, bringing at least 850,000 passengers to the capital.



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Government Invests $9 Million in Clean Energy for Victoria Cruise Ships

BC-Wide Tourism and Hospitality Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Survey

Nominations Now Open | 2023 Canadian Tourism Awards

Destination BC and ITBC Launch Indigenous-Focused Video Campaign

go2HR is Conducting a Wage Survey for Thompson Okanagan Tourism of B.C.

FortisBC Energy-Saving Support for Small Businesses program

Do NOT miss the Hotel event of the Year!

Join the rest of BC's accommodation community with world-class speakers, practical workshops, a bustling marketplace, fun-filled welcome reception, and the Summit Spring Fling Awards Night!

May 1-2, 2023 | Kelowna

Risk and Resilience in the Built Environment 

May 18, 2023 

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Introduction to EDGE for Hotels 

April 27, 2023 

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Empower Her Whistler
May 4 2023 | Whistler
BCHF Okanagan Golf Tournament
May 18, 2023 | Kelowna
BCHF Vancouver Golf Tournament
July 17, 2023 | Vancouver
BCHF Victoria Golf Tournament
August 23, 2023 | Victoria

Chad Wetsch Named GM

Chad Wetsch has been appointed as the new General Manager of the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains (VCM) tourism region. Chad brings with him 27 years of experience in the tourism and aviation industry, having worked with Harbour Air Seaplanes. With his exceptional skills in long-term strategic planning and leading agile teams, Chad is the perfect fit for this role. He has also shown his ability to recognize the strengths of each team member and has a large network in the region. We welcome Chad and look forward to his contributions to the industry.

New Member: Basecamp Resorts!

Welcome to the BCHA: Basecamp Resorts Revelstoke! BRR is a boutique hotel resort situated just outside of Downtown Revelstoke, overlooking the Columbia River and only a 15 minute shuttle ride to the world-famous Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

We are delighted to have yet another incredible accommodation join our growing hotel community at the BCHA!


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