Today's update includes:

  • General Updates
  • Showcase Your Travel Package on Destination Canada Portal
  • International Travel Resumes at 47 Small Airports
  • Greater Vancouver Board of Trade | Call for Board of Director Nominations
  • Recording | Seat at the Table: Research on Retaining and Developing Women
  • Tourism HR Canada Recovery Programs and Resources
  • National Tourism Week 2022 
  • Reminder | BC Tourism Emergency Management Framework
  • ICYMI | Vancouver Coast & Mountains | HR Toolkit
  • Last Chance to Register | Hiring Foreign Workers May 11 at 10AM
  • News - See more below!
  • Hot Off the Press
  • BC | Canada News
  • World News
  • Industry Trends
  • Tipping Our Hat to Industry!
  • 4VI Officially Marks Major Milestone with Biosphere Certification
  • Mark Your Calendars - see below!
  • Comment Card | Thoughts and Comments from Our Industry
  • Last Laugh | A Little Something to Make Our Members Smile
Showcase Your Travel Package on Destination Canada Portal
Last year, Destination Canada launched a travel packages portal, where tour operators can upload travel packages to the DC consumer website. The portal provides tour operators access to an engaged audience, which has resulted in conversions and bookings to destinations across the country. Since its launch in June 2021, the website has received more than 2.6M page views and generated over 230k leads to tour operators. Today, there is a portal available for US market as well.

If you have a travel package that you would like to share with domestic and US travellers, contact
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is gradually resuming border services at select airports affected by the temporary measures put in place as a result of COVID-19.
The CBSA will resume services at 47 small airports on May 2 and May 15th, 2022.
Greater Vancouver Board of Trade | Call for Board of Director Nominations
The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade is looking to welcome new directors to its board.
In accordance with Bylaw 9.6, nominations for directors may be made in writing by any member of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. The call for nominations is currently open and will close Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at 5 p.m. PT. The nomination package is available at

For further information regarding the nomination process, please contact Austin Nairn, Vice President, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade at: Tel: 604-640-5481 / Email:
Recording | Seat at the Table: Research on Retaining and Developing Women
Did you miss the Seat at the Table webinar? The recording is out now! Delivered on May 5th, Joanna Jagger, president of WORTH Association, examined why women aren't dominating in a female dominated industry and how we can work collectively to ensure more women take a seat at the table.
As the industry faces the most problematic labour shortage ever, this webinar encourages attendees to examine recovery through a gender based lens and calls on the industry to retain and develop women of recreation, tourism, and hospitality. Watch the recording now!
Hiring Support | Explore the Propel Program
  • Propel connects post-secondary students with meaningful, paid work-integrated learning placements and provides tourism and hospitality employers with wage subsidies to support these placements. Learn more.

  • Destination Inclusion offers learning and mentorship opportunities to racialized individuals in communities across Eastern Ontario. Learn more.
National Tourism Week 2022 
Tourism Week in Canada is back again from May 29-June 4, 2022, and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) is recognizing the importance of the industry and the resilience of its workers by calling on all Canadians to TRAVEL NOW - for work, life, and play! TIAC is asking for your support to champion local tourism destinations, businesses, and employees by lighting up your business in Tourism Week’s “Glowing Green” (colour hex code: #8BC53F) all week long.

Share pictures on social media and don’t forget to use the hashtags #GreenMeansGo and #TourismWeekCanada2022.
Reminder | BC Tourism Emergency Management Framework
Last week, a collaborative Tourism Emergency Management Committee (TEMC) released a new BC Tourism Emergency Management Framework to help reduce the industry’s vulnerabilities and risks, and lessen the potentially adverse impacts to visitor experiences during emergencies.

The BC Tourism Emergency Management Framework provides a unified structure to support tourism partners and visitors on matters related to the four pillars of emergency management, namely mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains | HR Toolkit
To help Vancouver, Coast & Mountains (VCM) employers with HR best practices, go2HR, in collaboration with, Cindy Conti, CPHR, HR Consultant for the VCM region, has developed an HR toolkit of resources. The toolkit has downloadable and customizable resources that can help in the following areas of HR:

✔Recruitment (i.e. sample interview questions)
✔Onboarding (i.e. performance review templates)
✔On the Job

The toolkit was developed to help support industry recovery in the VCM region as outlined in the Labour Market Tactical Action Plan. The Labour Market Tactical Action Plan and VCM HR Consultant is a partnership between Destination BC and go2HR.
Last Chance to Register | Hiring Foreign Workers May 11 at 10AM
On Wednesday, May 11 at 10:00 am ABLE BC will welcome BCHA Workforce Strategist, Alison Langford, for a virtual session on hiring foreign workers. Alison will walk through options for hiring Temporary Foreign Workers, Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA), and other foreign labour issues.
If you have specific questions about hiring foreign workers, please submit them here.
Please RSVP today at the below link.
As part of your BCHA membership, all members receive a complimentary consultation with Alison to support their hiring efforts. We encourage our members to contact Alison today.
Industry News & Quick Links
Tipping Our Hat to Industry
4VI Officially Marks Major Milestone with Biosphere Certification
The BCHA celebrates 4VI (formerly Tourism Vancouver Island) for achieving the Responsible Tourism Institute’s Biosphere certification, which marks the region as being a sustainable global destination, meeting 17 sustainable development goals of the United Nations in areas that include climate change, environment, social, economy and culture. 

4VI joins a select group of close to 50 destinations worldwide to earn Biosphere certification, including only four organizations in Canada – all of which are located in British Columbia – Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association, Kootenay Rockies Tourism Association and Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association. Along with Northern BC Tourism Association, these five organizations operate under a partnership called the BC Regional Tourism Secretariat (BCRTS) and signed their commitment to pursue Biosphere certification together on Earth Day 2021.
Biosphere certification is the first program of global significance 4VI has achieved for Vancouver Island since its industry-leading transition from a destination management organization to a social enterprise.

We commend our destination marketing destinations across BC for raising the bar for all of us with a tireless dedication and commitment toward sustainability!
Celebrating Nancy Cameron as she Announces Retirement
The BCHA recognizes and celebrates industry leader and Executive Director of Tourism Tofino, Nancy Cameron, upon the announcement of her retirement. She will officially be stepping down from her position June 30th.
"Most of my working life has been spent in tourism including 23 years at destination marketing & management organizations. I count myself very fortunate to have served members and supported the development and management of this sector for so many years and having the opportunity to work for Tofino’s vibrant tourism industry is something I’m particularly grateful for."

We thank Nancy for her tremendous leadership, drive, and efforts to support our tourism industry! You will be greatly missed Nancy.
Mark Your Calendars
Register for BCRTS Tourism Impact Portal Virtual Information Session
Registration closes May 13.
Vancouver International Wine Festival: Trade Days 
May 19 & 20, 2022
Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver
Register Here
Wednesday, June 8 | 8:30 AM  4:30 PM
Partner: Tourism Industry Association of BC Special Offer – Save $100 with promo code TIABC40.
How to Integrate Research Into Your Marketing Plan workshop
Thursday, May 12 at 12:30pm
Greater Vancouver Board of Trade DEI Sessions
Sessions Include:
May 12: LGBTQ2+ Inclusion
May 19: Indigenous Inclusion
May 26: Including Persons with Disabilities
June 2: Race and Ethnicity in Canada
Click here to learn more and to register.
Comment Card | Click on Image for More
Prestige Celebrates AGM
Details | Hotel Data Conference
Industry Gathers for Long-awaited IMPACT Conference
Last Laugh