This past week, after attending the jointly held Western Hotel Investment Conference at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver, it is clear, our industry is well into recovery, with British Columbia leading the country in all aspects that include RevPar, as well as potential hotel builds and investments. Yet, after the more than two years of pandemic restrictions, it will still take time to achieve complete recovery.

With that in mind, our work on the Federal Tourism Growth Strategy with our partners in the province as well as our partner at the Hotel Association of Canada will take some investment in time and research to ensure our priority projects receive the attention they deserve. However, progress is well underway and we are committed to seeing our priorities reach the finish line.

It was announced today that the BC Government will not support the Olympic 2030 bid. While our province's tourism and hospitality community was eager to see a successful BC 2030 Olympic bid—particularly given the economic boost it would provide following the COVID-19 pandemic—we understand their decision as there are pressures British Columbians are facing that require both significant attention and investment.

While we are indeed disappointed, we remain grateful that our tourism sector will have the opportunity to spotlight British Columbia on the world-stage as we host the 2026 FIFA World Cup and the 2025 Invictus Games, which will support with our industry's recovery. It is going to be more important than ever that strategic international marketing resumes with gusto as our position on the world stage is increasingly important for the recovery timeline. We thank our DMO network for leading that charge!

We wish to express our deepest thanks to the Lil̓wat7úl (Líl̓wat), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations, the Canadian Olympic Committee, and the Canadian Paralympic Committee for their demonstrated collaboration, leadership, and innovation in developing the historic bid. Indigenous tourism is reconciliation in action and we will continue to work hand-in-hand, identifying new opportunities to drive positive change through discovery and understanding.

Ingrid Jarrett
President & CEO
BC Hotel Association
Today's update includes:

  • General Updates
  • BC Government Declines Support for BC 2030 Olympic Bid
  • go2HR | September Labour Market Information Stats
  • LAST CHANCE | Survey Feedback Needed Deadline Now Friday Oct.28 at 10am
  • Reminder | Buy Your Raffle Tickets in Support of the BC Hospitality Foundation
  • Celebrate Safer Spaces 6th Month Anniversary
  • Industry News & Trends
  • Mark Your Calendars
  • Comment Card | Thoughts and Comments from Our Industry
  • Last Laugh
BC Government Declines Support for BC 2030 Olympic Bid
In a statement from Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, & Sport, the Hon. Lisa Beare, it was announced today that the government has declined to support a bid to host the 2030 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

This news comes more than four months after the four First Nations involved in the historic Indigenous-led bid — the Lil̓wat7úl (Líl̓wat), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) — announced they were working with the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) on a feasibility study. 
go2HR | September Labour Market
Information Stats
Encouraging statistics for the tourism and hospitality industry in BC, with both August and September labour stats indicating an important milestone. September data details 354,000 employed in the industry, a number that SURPASSES pre-COVID levels (2019) by 17,000 jobs. Other interesting data points include an increase in the number of people employed full time in the industry. The overall actual number of hours worked also recovered to pre-COVID levels with 10.97 million hours per week reported in September 2022.
LAST CHANCE | Survey Feedback Needed Deadline Now Friday Oct.28 at 10am
This month it was announced Canadian businesses are now able to pass on a new credit card surcharge to consumers. This comes as a result of a new Class Action Settlement against Mastercard & Visa for restricting merchants’ ability to surcharge or refuse higher cost (“premium”) credit cards.
  • Take the Survey:
  • Complete a 1 minute anonymous survey, outlining your approach to these new charges. The survey has been extended to Friday Oct.28 at 10am. Results will be shared with our accommodation members only to help operators understand how their competition is moving forward with the changes
Reminder | Buy Your Raffle Tickets in Support of the BC Hospitality Foundation
The Hotel Association of Vancouver is rallying the industry to support the Hotels to Help Campaign, with jaw-dropping prizes to be won! Funds raised supports the BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF), British Columbia's only hospitality industry charity that offers assistance to hospitality workers who are in imminent financial need due to a health condition. 
Ticket options are:
  • 1 for $5
  • 3 for $10
  • 7 for $20
  • 20 for $50
Prizes Include: weekend in Victoria with golf for 2; Hawai’i luxury getaway and dolphin experience; Osoyoos lake views; wine tasting and dinner for 4; two-night getaway in Seattle; Los Angeles luxury weekend getaway; Tofino & Courtenay 4 day of bliss; great Canadian rockies getaway; and much more!
Celebrate Safer Spaces 6th Month Anniversary
Have you taken the Safer Spaces training yet?

Did you know that September marked the sixth month milestone since its debut? Or that go2HR has had over 600 course registrations since the launch! Safer Spaces continues to challenge and change our industry by providing easy access to training on preventing sexual harassment in the workplace. go2HR is now working hard on our Safer Spaces training course for workers which will launch in Spring 2023!
Industry News & Quick Links
Mark Your Calendars
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!
Thompson Okanagan Tourism Summit
November 9th at Thompson Rivers University Campus (Kamloops).
Register Here
Closing Comments with Premier John Horgan
November 17 | Fairmont Pacific Rim
2022 TIAC Congress
November 22-23 | The Westin, Ottawa
Register HERE
Registration Open | IMPACT 2023
January 23-25 and Day of IMPACT January 22, 2023 | Victoria BC
Comment Card
STR Gets Jiggy with it on BCHA Tiktok
RevPAR Remains Record-breaking
Indigenous Tourism BC Celebrates Team Retreat with Klahoose Wilderness Resort
4VI President & CEO Anthony Everett Speaks with City Destinations Alliance
Last Laugh
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