Register Before March.17 & Save! BCHA Summit
Early bird registration is open for the 2023 BC Hotel Association Summit until March 17! The accommodation business event of the year will take place May 1-2, 2023 at Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna. Join this two-day forum, featuring a curated marketplace of over 40 vendors; engaging keynotes and breakout sessions; an industry reception at BNA Brewing Co.; and the BC Hotel Association Awards of Excellence! 

NEXT WEEK! Sign up for Leadership Training!
Have you signed up for Fast Track Your Future yet? This education series bring members practical, actionable and easily digestible guidance LIVE from the industry's leading experts and trainers.

Our next intake is a six-part, live, online series that will develop leadership skills, organizational skills, communicating to connect, people skills and how to keep yourself motivated. 

BC Chamber of Commerce Reacts to Budget 2023
The BC Chamber of Commerce said on Tuesday that the 2023 budget prioritizes spending for important social and community initiatives but comes at the expense of addressing increasing costs facing BC’s businesses and the province’s competitiveness. “While today’s budget focused on affordability and reducing the cost of living, it provided little support to businesses who are struggling with the cost of doing business,” said Fiona Famulak, President and CEO

Province Invests in TFW Registration Process
The Employment Standards Branch will hire more staff to resolve disputes between workers and employers, provide guidance on B.C.’s employment standards, and process employer registrations for temporary foreign workers.
Government is increasing the branch’s operating budget by nearly $12 million over three years to hire as many as 33 more full-time employees in response to the growing demand for its services.

Tourism HR Canada Releases "Snapshot of the Tourism Sector Labour Market" - BC
As part of its federally funded research, Tourism HR Canada has brought together several strands of its ongoing project into two pieces of work: a national report that gives an overview of the state of the industry at present, and a series of provincial reports that includes British Columbia. These reports drill down into the various and diverse markets across the country.

Decriminalization Legislation: How to Protect Your Business and Avoid Heavy Fines
The recent British Columbia decriminalization legislation has caused confusion as to what this means for industry operators and their businesses. Rising Tide has prepared education to help accommodation operators navigate this issue.

Register HAC & CBRE Hotel Performance Update
Register for CBRE Hotels as we present the 2022 full-year hotel market wrap-up and updated forecast for 2023. The webinar will cover major markets from coast to coast, including a look at the economic and industry trends impacting the sector. Thursday, March 9, 2023 at 11AM PST

go2HR | Resources for Your Health and Safety Notice Board
Do you have a health & safety notice board at your property? go2HR has put a collection of resources together to help you better communicate the information your workers need to know and to enhance the health & safety culture in your workplace.

Get 1:1 Support to Develop Indigenous Tourism
Indigenous Tourism of BC (ITBC) has six regional Indigenous tourism specialists connecting communities to tourism development across the province. The goal is to advance Indigenous tourism by offering responsive and engaging support. Click the button below to connect with your Indigenous Tourism Specialist.
Survey | BC Chamber of Commerce
The Addressing the Labour Market Gap project, led by the BC Chamber of Commerce and funded by the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, will help the BC Chamber of Commerce to better understand the disconnect between employer and job seeker needs so that they can build solutions for a resilient labour force. Please fill the survey out by Friday, March 3, 2023, at 5pm.

BCHF Golf Tournament Sponsorships
Join the BC Hospitality Foundation and connect directly with all golfers as a sponsor of one of the organization's upcoming charity tournaments. They welcome on-course contests, food and/or beverage sampling and showcasing your product with samples/materials. If you don't have the staff, you can sponsor the Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin, or simply sponsor signage on a hole.

Okanagan Motels Under Pressure as Housing Needs Trump Tourism

A growing interest in tourism properties in the Okanagan Valley will have to be balanced with space for affordable and social housing, according to local stakeholders.
With vacancy rates remaining low throughout the valley and an increasing population moving in, finding housing is a challenge for the area.

Indigenous Tourism BC Launches New Speaker Series
ITBC has launched a new Employer Speaker Series for BC Tourism employers who want to learn how to attract and retain Indigenous talent. The series involves six sessions which will begin Feb.15 from 12pm-1pm.

Resolving Stress Cycles BC's Hub for Workplace Mental Health
Mar.1 at 10am
BC Tourism & Hospitality Conference
March 1-3, 2023
2023 International Indigenous Tourism Conference
March 8-10
BCHA Summit Returns!
May 1-2, 2022
Watermark Welcomes Ryan Duffy
Watermark Beach Resort has a new Director of Sales & Marketing -- Ryan Duffy. With deep roots in the hospitality industry, Ryan brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his role.

Michael Dominguez Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), CEO & President Michael Dominguez was honored with MeetingsNet's Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. " He’s earned the respect of colleagues across the industry and approaches his roles with an energy and optimism that is infectious". Congratulations to Michael on this well-deserved award!