Today's update includes:

  • General Updates
  • Government Announces Changes to Vaccine Mandate
  • Virtual Event | 2030 Olympic & Paralympic Games
  • ITAC Launches Updated Canadian Pow Wow Website
  • Vancouver Airport Authority Has Finished it International Terminal Expansion
  • Check out go2HR's 11 Workforce Profiles
  • Watch the Illahee Video Series
  • Access Wage Subsidies for Student Workers Info Session June 23
  • News - See more below!
  • BC | Canada News
  • World News
  • Industry Trends
  • Tipping Our Hat to Industry!
  • Ian Robertson Announces Retirement!
  • Inn at the Quay Wins 2022 Tripadvisor Traveler's Choice Award!
  • Mark Your Calendars
  • Comment Card | Thoughts and Comments from Our Industry
  • Last Laugh | A Little Something to Make Our Members Smile
Government Announces Changes
to Vaccine Mandate
Today, the Government of Canada announced changes that will take affect June 20th. Here is what travellers can expect:

  • Currently, all travellers are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated before entering Canada by air, land or water. Starting on June 20, the government will drop the requirement that domestic and outbound international travellers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Foreign nationals coming to Canada will still be required to be vaccinated under the new rules, unless they meet one of the criteria for exemption.
  • While the Transport Canada rules on vaccine mandates are expected to be lifted, some countries, such as the United States and Australia, still require foreign tourists to present proof of vaccination.Vaccine mandates also remain in place for passengers and crew travelling on cruise ships that dock in Canada.
  • Unvaccinated Canadian citizens and permanent residents returning to Canada are still subject to quarantine and testing requirements.
  • If you're an unvaccinated traveller returning to Canada, you're required to provide proof of a negative molecular test, such as a PCR test taken within 72 hours of your scheduled flight or land entry into Canada. Unvaccinated travellers can also show proof of a negative antigen test taken the previous day, but the test has to be either administered or observed by a pharmacy, lab, health-care entity or telehealth service.
  • Unvaccinated travellers will also be subject to a COVID-19 test on arrival. The test may be done on-site at an airport or travellers may be given a test kit to complete at home.
  • Upon arrival, unvaccinated travellers must also quarantine for 14 days and take another COVID-19 test on day 8 of quarantine.
  • Last Friday, Transport Canada announced that mandatory random COVID-19 testing for incoming international travellers at airports would be temporarily suspended for all vaccinated travellers until June 30.
  • Unvaccinated travellers are still subject to on-site arrival testing. But starting July 1, all testing, including for unvaccinated travellers, will be performed off-site.
  • While the U.S. dropped the in-flight mask mandate in April, face masks are still mandatory aboard all flights and interprovincial trains in Canada.
  • The Canadian government will continue to require inbound travellers to enter their health information, quarantine plan and proof of vaccination through the ArriveCAN app. Using the app is mandatory, regardless of citizenship, and it must be completed within 72 hours of your scheduled flight or arrival at a land border.
  • If you don't have a smartphone, you can use the web browser version of ArriveCAN to enter your location.
Virtual Event | 2030 Olympic
& Paralympic Games
As part of our Virtual Event Series, the British Columbia Hotel Association is delighted to welcome the BC 2030 Feasibility Team to present and share plans for the 2030 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Join this session as we explore the concept behind the historic Indigenous-led bid, share next steps on the process, and learn more about this unique and enormous opportunity to welcome the world and bolster the province's accommodation, tourism, and business communities.

Join us this Thursday, June 16 at 1pm.
ITAC Launches Updated
Canadian Pow Wow Website
Pow Wows are powerful Indigenous gatherings, the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC)’s enhanced Pow Wow website ( helps travellers locate public Pow Wows near them and invites everyone to experience these authentic cultural celebrations.  

Pow Wows are one of the many ways travellers can engage with meaningful Indigenous experiences and expand their understanding of Indigenous culture throughout National Indigenous History Month and all year round.
Vancouver Airport Authority Has Finished it International Terminal Expansion
Vancouver Airport Authority has announced the start of full operations of its newly expanded international terminal. At nearly 300,000 square feet, the Pier D project is the airport’s largest terminal expansion since 1996 and incorporates the latest advances in operational excellence, passenger experience, climate, and accessibility.

Pier D was initially part of the airport’s multi-year capital program and was maintained as a priority through the pandemic to ensure capacity for continued connectivity and growth, and to strengthen Vancouver International Airport - YVR’s position as a diverse global hub. Read more: 
Check out go2HR's 11 Workforce Profiles
As the industry continues ramping up operations as recovery builds momentum around the province, go2HR knows that labour challenges continue to impede true recovery.

go2HR's BC Tourism and Hospitality Labour Market Information Research project has been a deep dive into gaining a better understanding of the impacts of COVID-19 and greater insights into important data points about our workforce demographics, worker and employer sentiments towards the industry post-COVID and future demand. go2HR has curated these information-heavy reports into a series of easy-to-digest fact sheets that we encourage you to read and share widely.
Watch the Illahee Video Series
In honour of Indigenous History Month, three Indigenous leaders from across BC discuss their relationship to the water, mountains, and rainforest in the Illahee video series from Destination British Columbia and Indigenous Tourism BC (ITBC)

Click the video to the right to watch!
Access Wage Subsidies for Student
Workers Info Session June 23
Aimed squarely at the tourism and hospitality sector, the Propel Student Work Placement Program is helping the hardest-hit sector recover from the devastating impacts of the pandemic.

Funded by the Government of Canada through the Student Work Placement Program, Propel offers Canadian tourism and hospitality businesses a subsidy on each qualifying student’s wages.
The wage subsidy is available for employers who hire students enrolled at a recognized post-secondary institution for a paid position to fulfil the co-op or internship component of their program.
Register now for the info session on Thursday, June 23 at 10am PST. 
Industry News & Quick Links
Tipping Our Hat to Industry
Ian Robertson Announces Retirement!

A heartfelt congratulations are in order for Ian Robertson, CEO of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority. Earlier this week, Ian announced his plans for retirement -- a decision he has mulled over since pre-COVID.

We are very grateful to Ian (and feel very fortunate he postponed his retirement) as he has been an absolutely vital advocate for the GVHA and the entire cruise industry. We cannot thank Ian enough for all of his tireless efforts, supporting our industry and keeping the sector afloat. His passion, intellect, and keen insights have been a monumental source of strength for our sector.

Ian will stay in his role until his successor is hired and a smooth and orderly transition can take place.

In his words: "There will be time for reflection on my forty plus year career when I finally leave – for now, there is much more work for me to do before I say adios."
Inn at the Quay Wins 2022 Tripadvisor Traveler's Choice Award!

Travelers’ Choice recognizes businesses that get consistently good reviews and the Inn at the Quay has received the prestigious stamp of approval! The property has taken home a 2022 Tripadvisor Traveler's Choice Award!

From the team:
"Thank you, travelers for choosing us, and thank you to all of our staff for their continued hard work and dedication to the guest experience!"

Congrats Inn at the Quay!
Mark Your Calendars
May 26 - June 4
Host: Canadian Congress on Disability Inclusion (CCDI)
Generous Futures: Supporting Refugee Resettlement
Monday, June 13, 2022 | 10am-11am AM PST
Penticton - Fri, June 17: RSVP
ABLE BC Member Webinar: Understanding Bill 10
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 | 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Location: Zoom | RSVP Here
BCHF Vancouver Golf Tournament
July 4 @ 11:30 am – 8:00 pm | Only 4 Spaces available
Wednesday, June 8 | 8:30 AM  4:30 PM
Partner: Tourism Industry Association of BC Special Offer – Save $100 with promo code TIABC40.
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