Message from President & CEO Ingrid Jarrett
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Today's update includes:

  • General Updates
  • Vancouver to Host FIFA 2026!
  • BC 2030 Olympic & Paralympic Feasibility Team Shares Plans for Games! TAKE SURVEY!
  • HAC Update on Removing Border Friction
  • Join ITBC in Honour of National Indigenous Peoples Month and Day
  • Snapshot | Tourism Labour Shortages Impacting Recovery
  • Shape the Post-Pandemic Federal Tourism Growth Strategy
  • Travel by Canadians Continues to be Limited Since Pandemic
  • News - See more below!
  • BC | Canada News
  • World News
  • Industry Trends
  • Tipping Our Hat to Industry!
  • YVR and Fairmont Vancouver Airport Win Big at the Skytrax World Airport Awards!
  • Mark Your Calendars
  • Comment Card | Thoughts and Comments from Our Industry
  • Last Laugh | A Little Something to Make Our Members Smile
Vancouver to Host FIFA 2026!
FIFA has confirmed that Vancouver has been chosen as an official host city for the FIFA World Cup 2026!

This is the first time that FIFA Men's World Cup matches will be played on Canadian soil, and the tournament is watched by billions of people around the world. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to support the tourism and accommodation sector, put the global spotlight on British Columbia and inspire the next generation of players.

Ingrid Jarrett, president and CEO, British Columbia Hotel Association had this to say:
“Large-scale events, such as the FIFA World Cup, have the power to bring together communities, support our province’s economic growth and keep our tourism and hospitality community competitive for decades to come. Following two years of significant pandemic losses, our province’s accommodation industry is delighted to welcome guests from across the globe and is looking forward to showcasing our uniquely British Columbian hospitality on the world stage once again.”
BC 2030 Olympic & Paralympic Feasibility Team Shares Plans for Games! TAKE SURVEY!
On Tuesday at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre in Whistler, the BC 2030 Feasibility Team announced exciting new details for the BC 2030 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid, which included new information on the concept behind the Indigenous-led Games in B.C. along with a venue map!

The Lil̓’wat7úl (Lil’wat), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations have invited the City of Vancouver, the Resort Municipality of Whistler, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee to officially collaborate on exploring the feasibility of hosting an Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (the Games) in British Columbia.

The group has entered its engagement phase to learn how the games can be delivered to the benefit of British Columbians. For our accommodation industry, there could be enormous economic benefits to hosting the games once again. WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE you take the survey below to share your perspective
The BCHA also had the pleasure of welcoming the BC 2030 Olympic & Paralympic Feasibility Team to take part in our June Virtual Event!

Thank you to all who attended along with the entire feasibility team for joining us! We were delighted to host this event and encourage all who are interested in learning more to watch the information session here!
HAC Update on Removing Border Friction
After months of applying pressure on the Federal Government to lift restrictions and remove barriers to travel, we are pleased to report that we have seen significant progress in recent weeks, including:

While these measures will help to alleviate some of the friction points at our border this summer, we will continue to work on remaining barriers and will press to make these changes permanent. We are also calling on the government to streamline the ArriveCan app to avoid duplicative health checks, and to remove all land border testing requirements. Slowly but surely we are building towards a wide open, frictionless border.
Join ITBC in Honour of National
Indigenous Peoples Month and Day
Update courtesy of Indigenous Tourism BC:
"June is a month for all to honour the cultures and contributions of Indigenous peoples in Canada. As Indigenous peoples, we honour ourselves, families, communities, lands, and cultures daily. The celebration and work never begin or end.

This June and every month, we honour the missing children, the families left behind, and survivors of the residential schools.

Our ongoing mission at Indigenous Tourism BC is to support Indigenous tourism, job creation, language preservation, celebration of cultures, stewardship of territories, and storytelling by Indigenous peoples in BC in their own words. 

In June 2022, we ask all everyone to seek firsthand experiences and education about living Indigenous cultures and realities so that you are inspired to learn beyond the month of June.
Snapshot | Tourism Labour Shortages Impacting Recovery
Overall in Canada, tourism employment grew (5.9%) over last month and the unemployment rate improved for all industry groups. There was also significant improvement in the unemployment rate across all industries when compared to the same month in 2019, 2020, and 2021.
However, these data are artificially inflated by the decline in the overall size of the labour force from previous years. The BCHA is continuing to develop tools and solutions for hiring.

If you havent already, please contact Alison Langford at for your complimentary Workforce Consultation.
Shape the Post-Pandemic Federal
Tourism Growth Strategy
The federal government is conducting a public consultation on the development of a post-pandemic Federal Tourism Growth Strategy. The strategy will plot a course for growth, investment, and stability, and lists three priorities--the first of which is "labour gaps and instability". Stakeholders are invited to share their views through to July 20, 2022.

TIAC will be engaging in the consultation and is looking for feedback. Please respond to their survey no later than June 17th.
Travel by Canadians Continues
to be Limited Since Pandemic
A recent survey conducted by Abacus Data summarized that travel still isn’t ‘back to normal’ in the eyes of Canadians, and this feeling continues to drive travel desires. More Canadians now believe it’s possible to travel without feeling like we are living in a pandemic (1 in 4), but three quarters still believe that if they want to travel in the next few months, it will feel like ‘pandemic travel’
Industry News & Quick Links
Tipping Our Hat to Industry
YVR and Fairmont Vancouver Airport Win Big at the Skytrax World Aiport Awards!

Today, Fairmont Vancouver Airport also was named Best Airport Hotel in North America at the Skytrax World Airport Awards in Paris!

YVR was voted into the top three best North American airports, along with the top three for Best Airport Staff Service in North America, which recognizes the friendliness and courtesy of workers across the airport!

From YVR:
"Congratulations and thank you to everyone who has contributed to this recognition. This is a testament to the dedication and excellence of the YVR team, which includes our employees, partners and entire Sea Island community.

As the aviation industry builds back from the pandemic, the work of our colleagues in the Canadian and global airport community is nothing short of inspiring."

Congratulations all!
Mark Your Calendars
Jun 23, 2022 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Host: Tourism HR Canada
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
Yes SHEF! Elevating Women in Food & Wine returns this summer in Vancouver!
August 15, 2022
More details to come! Email for sponsor / partnership opportunities
Comment Card
CTV News Poll | Time to Ditch the ArriveCAN app? Canada Responds
Explore Next Door with Greater Vernon Chamber
Results from our BC 2030 Olympic and Paralympic Games Virtual Event Poll!
Marriott International Celebrates Pride!
Last Laugh