Today's update includes:

  • General Updates
  • Tourism Renewal and the Future of Tourism in BC | Message from President & CEO
  • PacifiCan Funding Announced for Small Businesses & Tourism Revitalization
  • BC Chamber of Commerce Survey | Largest Economic Snapshot in BC
  • Is Your Business Rainbow Registered?
  • Government Invests in Vancouver Art Gallery Expansion
  • For Sale | The Inn at Spence's Bridge
  • Register for SPARK | Program Sessions
  • Industry News & Trends
  • Mark Your Calendars
  • Tipping Our Hat
  • Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort Breaks Ground on RMR Housing Development
  • Brad Parsell Named Executive Director of Tourism Tofino
  • Comment Card | Thoughts and Comments from Our Industry
  • Last Laugh
Tourism Renewal and the Future of
Tourism in BC | Message from President & CEO
As the sector recovers from the impact of global pandemic and climate events and builds for the future, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport is taking the opportunity to reflect and learn from these circumstances and to explore what B.C.’s visitor economy can look like in the next decade. With the launch of the new Strategic Framework for Tourism in B.C. this past spring, the Ministry is engaging the sector in a conversation about the future of tourism and what enabling factors are needed for success in implementing the framework.

Starting this fall, the Ministry is conducting a series of regional roundtables. These sessions are an opportunity for regional representatives to share perspectives on the future of tourism in B.C. – what is working well, what is needed to generate greater coordination, resiliency and prosperity, and how B.C.’s visitor economy can proactively adapt to meet the tourism challenges and opportunities of the future. This work builds on Destination BC’s recent Corporate Strategy discussions and will inform future provincial priorities to support a renewed tourism sector in B.C. post-pandemic.

As the President & CEO of the BC Hotel Association I have been invited to participate as a member of the Advisory Committee to represent the interests of the accommodation sector and share our collective perspectives on this important work. For more information about this work please email We encourage our members to continue to reach out to our team to share their perspective via our contact page.
PacifiCan Funding Announced for Small Businesses & Tourism Revitalization
At the start of Small Business Week, the Government of Canada is celebrating small businesses that helped the BC tourism industry recover. The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan), announced over $1.2 million in PacifiCan funding to 11 projects led by small businesses in the B.C. tourism sector. This announcement comes on the heels of additional funding, announced October 14, geared toward revitalizing tourism and enhancing visitor experience across BC, with funding delivered to Harbour Air, Yervana Services inc., go2HR, and Uniglobe Specialty Travel Ltd.
BC Chamber of Commerce Survey | Largest Economic Snapshot in BC
The BC Chamber of Commerce is conducting its annual survey to identify how confident you are in the future of business in BC. The survey captures insight from every region, sector and business size in the province - making it the largest economic snapshot of BC's business climate. The survey results will help to inform policy priorities of the chamber and educate the government on issues that matter to BC businesses, all while identifying evolving trends.
This survey will take 5 minutes to complete and closes on Friday, Oct. 21st at 5:00pm PST.
Is Your Business Rainbow Registered?
Rainbow Registered is the only national accreditation for LGBT+ friendly businesses and organizations. Developed by Canada's LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC) and Tourism HR Canada, Rainbow Registered businesses and organizations meet a stringent set of standards to ensure LGBT+ customers feel safe, welcomed, and accepted.

Become accredited and market your business as safe and welcoming for the LGBT+ market. Plus, accredited businesses will be listed in the official Rainbow Registered directory--the first of its kind in Canada.
Government Invests in Vancouver Art Gallery Expansion
Government of British Columbia is investing an additional $50 million to build a new home for the Vancouver Art Gallery, protecting and supporting the expansion of a cultural and tourism icon in BC. The new Vancouver Art Gallery will be a multifaceted facility featuring an Indigenous community space, theatre, library and research centre, artist studios, child care, restaurants and retail space. The project is expected to generate 1,000 permanent jobs in the tourism sector.
For Sale | The Inn at Spence's Bridge
The oldest continually operating Inn in BC is for sale. Constructed in the 1860's during the Gold Rush, this property has been recently improved & renovated into a flourishing business. Located on the south side of the Thompson River, the 10,000 plus sq/ft building includes 12 period guest rooms, a cozy guest lounge, a restaurant (with commercial kitchen), a manager's suite, an inn keeper's suite.
Register for SPARK | Program Sessions
Taking place November 15 on Granville Island, SPARK is a first-of-its-kind industry conference that will bring together BC's liquor and hospitality industries and stakeholders for a day of networking, education, and critical industry and economic updates. Featuring TWO tracks plus a member-exclusive joint lunch & political update session at Dockside Restaurant, and a joint industry reception.
  • BCHA advocacy update & AGM with President & CEO, Ingrid Jarrett and BCHA Board of Directors (FREE session)
  • Getting Down to Business: Metro Economic Update
  • Stepping Up Psychological Health & Safety at Work with go2HR
  • Tapping into Talent | Hiring Foreign Nationals
  • Exploring your Insurance Options
  • Bringing Back Business Travel
  • ABLE BC industry update with Executive Director Jeff Guignard and President Yvan Charette
  • BC Liquor Distribution Branch Liquor Wholesale Operations Update
  • Liquor Liability | Mosh Pits – Fights – and Over Service: What can go wrong?
  • Working Together | Agents and Liquor Retailers
  • Liquor Trends | Consumer Data Analysis
  • Liquor Control and Regulation Branch Update
Industry News & Quick Links
Tipping Our Hat
Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort Breaks Ground on RMR Housing Development

The master plan for the new Revelstoke Mountain Resort Housing Development has been unveiled! The project includes three separate buildings, totaling 480 beds and is set to be complet in Fall 2024, as part of a plan to aid employee recruitment. Each unit will be fully furnished with kitchen and bathroom amenities and each building will contain parking, ski and bike storage and common areas with desk and office space.
Brad Parsell Named Executive Director of Tourism Tofino

Congratulations are in order for Brad Parsell. Formerly the Executive Director of the Fernie Chamber of Commerce, Brad assumes the role of Executive Director of Tourism Tofino

During his time with the Fernie Chamber, Brad chaired the Destination Management Committee for Kootenay Rockies Tourism. He also launched successful initiatives including Fernie’s first co-working space, and a workforce attraction website, and served as Chair of the Fernie Tourism Master Plan Committee.
Congratulations Brad!
Mark Your Calendars
2022 Small Business Week Summit
October 17-21, 2022
Empower Her - WORTH Events Across BC
Kelowna - Oct.18 | Victoria - Nov. 2 | Vancouver - March 2023 | Whistler - April 2023
2022 Western Canadian Lodging Conference
October 24th - 25th, 2022 | Hyatt Regency, Vancouver
Register Now | Use Discount Code BCHA
SPARK BC Hotel & Liquor Conference
November 15, 2022 | Granville Island
Stay tuned for details!
Comment Card
Canadian Council of Tourism Ministers a Success
Rethink2gether Reflects on Best Before Labels & Food Waste Crisis
IMEX | Bringing Business Events Back to BC
Vancouver Convention Centre Brings in New Event Business at IMEX22
Last Laugh
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