Message from President & CEO Ingrid Jarrett
Click above or here to view message from BCHA President & CEO, Ingrid Jarrett, surrounding our BCHA accommodation engagement survey, now open to all accommodators in BC.

Please note, we will be sharing a separate supplier and vendor engagement survey in the coming weeks.
Today's update includes:

  • General Updates
  • Accommodation Engagement Survey - Take Today!
  • Upskilling Opportunity | Register for Complimentary Program and Join Information Session!
  • Border Restrictions to Enter Canada Extended Until at Least Sept. 30
  • Renewable and Low Carbon Gas Lowers Emissions Affordably
  • Reminder | Help Control Insurance Costs with Loss Prevention Training Videos
  • What HAC has been Up to | Industry Message and Video Report
  • Staying Safe During High Temperature
  • Now Hiring: A Guide to Help Employers Attract and Retain Workers in a Post-Pandemic Environment
  • Help find Lila Smith | Search for Missing Girl Underway
  • News - See more below!
  • BC | Canada News
  • World News
  • Industry Trends
  • Tipping Our Hat to Industry!
  • Destination Canada Welcomes New Board Directors!
  • HAC and TIAC Awarded Unsung Hero Award!
  • Mark Your Calendars
  • Comment Card | Thoughts and Comments from Our Industry
  • Last Laugh | A Little Something to Make Our Members Smile
BCHA Seeking Input
From Accommodators Across BC
As the voice of British Columbia's accommodation sector, the British Columbia Hotel Association is looking to hear from our provincial accommodation community to understand how we can better serve you! We are conducting an accommodation engagement survey that is the first of its kind for our association.

  • The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete
  • It is open to all accommodation providers in BC | we will be releasing a separate Supplier and Vendor Partner Survey as well in the coming weeks!
  • It will remain open until Friday, July 8th at 5pm
  • There are skip or N/A options for questions you are unsure of
  • Share your name and email with us to be entered for a chance to win a $50 gift card to the Keg Steakhouse & Bar!

We greatly appreciate your time in helping us and we look forward to using the information you provide to better assist you.
Information Session Wed July 6! | Register for Complimentary Training Program
The BCHA has partnered with the Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society (PICS) and Western Community College to offer a 23 week online
“Hotel Operations Services Skills Training Program”.

This program is designed to train 30 candidates who are currently unemployed or under employed in the Okanagan area and deliver them to industry trained and ready to work. The training is fully funded and will focus on readying the candidate for meaningful work in the hotel industry.
  • Attend the registration session happening Wed, 6 July 2022 at 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT
  • For registration and more information please contact Claudia Tran at 604.596.7722 ext. 177;
For hotels who may be interested in candidate recruitment during the final phase of the 23 week program, please contact Alison Langford at
Border Restrictions to Enter Canada Extended Until Sept. 30
The federal government announced Wednesday all existing border restrictions to enter Canada will remain in place until at least Sept. 30.

That means foreign travellers will still need to provide proof of being fully vaccinated to enter the country and unvaccinated Canadians or permanent residents will need to provide a molecular COVID-19 test taken prior to entering and quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. The government is also still requiring all travellers, regardless of citizenship, to upload their vaccine information and travel documents to the ArriveCan app. The restrictions were last extended on May 31.

The BCHA remains deeply committed to advocating for the removal of all barriers to travel and will continue to pressure for its removal. Please share your concerns or stories to
Renewable and Low Carbon
Gas Lowers Emissions Affordably
Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)* is a sustainable, certified carbon neutral energy that is key to a lower carbon future for BC. It’s derived from organic sources, uses existing carbon already within the ecosystem, and it does not contribute any net carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

RNG is a viable avenue to help BC reach its climate action goals, helping customers to reduce their emissions while using existing natural gas equipment. Plus, RNG is affordable. Fortis BC has an RNG blend to suit every customer’s budget.

FortisBC is currently on pace to exceed its target of having 15 per cent of its gas supply being renewable and low carbon by 2030 and is working towards having 75 per cent of its supply be renewable or low carbon by 2050. Based on our growth, the Fortis team is confident we’ll get there.

To learn more about RNG and other energy solutions and rebates available, please contact Vladimir Kostka, Key Account Manager at FortisBC, at either 604 833 3182 or at
*Renewable Natural Gas is produced in a different manner than conventional natural gas. It is derived from biogas, which is produced from decomposing organic waste from landfills, agricultural waste and wastewater from treatment facilities. The biogas is captured and cleaned to create carbon neutral Renewable Natural Gas (also called biomethane).
Reminder | Help Control Insurance Costs
with Loss Prevention Training
We continue to hear from our members that insurance premiums are becoming unaffordable. An effective way to decrease your costs is by investing in loss prevention and risk management training for you and your staff. We have developed a practical video training series to help you learn how to mitigate claims and losses.
The videos cover:
  • Why loss prevention matters
  • Emergency response planning
  • Cyber security
  • Fire and water damage prevention
  • Property security to protect guests, staff, and your hotel
  • Liquor and cannabis liability prevention
  • Reporting incidents
This series will help you prevent incidents that can injure staff or guests, and damage your property, your reputation, and your business. Use these videos:
  • As part of your hotel's new employee onboarding and training
  • As a refresher and discussion starter at department meetings
  • As a training resource for your health & safety committee/representative.
What HAC has been Up to | Industry Message and Video Report
The Hotel Association of Canada has been busy since the HAC Conference, speaking up in the media on the state of the sector ahead of the summer season and calling on the government to address labour challenges.

President & CEO, Susie Grynol, has released a message to the industry, with particular attention to advocacy progress on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

Watch the video to the right and read Susie's message below.
Staying Safe During High Temperatures
With higher temperatures starting to settle in, it is important that employers are aware of the effects heat can have on their workers, and are taking action to prevent heat stress. go2HR has put together some practical resources to provide employers with information, including appropriate control measures that may help to reduce the effects of heat exposure in the workplace.
Now Hiring: A Guide to Help Employers Attract and Retain Workers in a Post-Pandemic Environment: covers a range of essential HR practices, tips to implement them, and practical checklists and forms to help tackle key issues. 
Help find Lila Smith | Search for
Missing Girl Underway
It is with a heavy heart that we report that 13 year old Lila Smith went missing in Edmonton the morning of Friday, June 24. Lila was last seen seen near her school Killarney High School. We have been asked to share this information with our BC accommodation community and strongly encourage you to print this poster and put them up throughout your properties. The more awareness we can bring the better chance she has of returning to her family. 

If you see Lila or have any information, please contact the number on the poster immediately.
Industry News & Quick Links
Tipping Our Hat to Industry
Destination Canada Welcomes New Board Directors!
The Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance announced the appointment of four new members of Destination Canada’s Board of Directors as well as the reappointment of a current member on the Board of Directors.  

The appointments of Brenda Holder, Benjamin Ryan, Martin Soucy, Natalie Thiesen and Julie D Canning provide a wealth of industry knowledge, insight and diverse experience to the board.

Industry also celebrates Patti Balsillie and Patricia Macdonald, whose board terms have expired, for their expertise and leadership, especially during the extremely challenging times caused by the pandemic.  

Thank you!
HAC and TIAC Awarded Unsung Hero Award!

A very well-deserved achievement indeed! As co-chairs of the Coalition for Hardest Hit Businesses, Susie Grynol and Beth Potter and, President of TIAC, were recently chosen to receive the 2022 Canadian Live Music Industry's Unsung Hero Award. The Award recognizes their work supporting the live music industry. Congratulations!
Mark Your Calendars
Preparing an "Indigenous Cultural Tourism Strategy
July 11, 2022 | 9:00 - 12:00 PM PT 
Price: $30.00
Limited availability. Registration closes July 8, 2022 | Learn More
Jul 19, 2022 – Jul 21, 2022 | 1:00 PM
Host: Destinations International 
Jul 31, 2022 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Host: Small Business BC
July 31 – August 2, 2022 I Nashville, TN 
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
Minister of Tourism Reflects on Premier Horgan Announcement
BCHA Team Shares Summer Edition of This or That
Final Safer Spaces Blog Released
Motivation Quotes to Live By
Last Laugh