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2022 TIABC Meetings with Government & Stakeholders

2022 TIABC Meetings with Government & Stakeholders

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October

MTACS Deputy Minister; Assistant Deputy Minister


Neilane Mayhew; Nick Grant

Discussion and possible solutions on the MRDT collection issue in Fernie where the DMO revenues have been impacted by long-term hotel stays (i.e. beyond 27 days) by construction workers whereby the tax is not collected and remitted due to existing legislation; follow-up on the issue regarding no advanced camping reservations for commercial operators; FYI on impending support letter re: 2030 Olympic bid; FYI – background provided on impending advocacy vis-a-vis logging of old growth forests.

September

Assistant Deputy Minister
BC Parks, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

Jim Standen


Submitted copy of new TIABC policy with recommendations for government consideration on ‘camping reservations in BC Parks for commercial tourism operators.

August

Deputy Minister
 Municipal Affairs

Okenge Yuma Morisho


Submission of TIABC policy with recommendations on short-term vacation rentals for government consideration

Assistant Deputy Minister
Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport

Nick Grant


Submission of TIABC’s new policy on major events to attract tourism to British Columbia.


Deputy Minister
 Transportation and Infrastructure

Kathryn Krishna

Submission of TIABC policy with recommendations for government consideration on highway signage (wayfinding) repair, replacement and installation.

July

MTACS Deputy Minister; Assistant Deputy Minister

Neilane Mayhew; Nick Grant

Discussion on TIABC’s submission to the Federal Tourism Growth Strategy; discussion on the 2030 Olympic bid; discussion on the impending BC Trails proposal; review of major TIABC policies in development including short-term vacation rentals, major events, camping reservation system, municipal & regional district tax; discussion on MRDT situation in Fernie.

Assistant Deputy Minister Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport

Nick Grant

Discussion and recommendations on MRDT-related issues including provisions that allow for compensation to CDMOs whose MRDT revenues are affected by long-term hotel tenants working on projects such as the pipeline; discussion on various TIABC policies and recommendations re: plastics, camping reservations, major events, MRDT.

June

Deputy Minister Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport

Neilane Mayhew

Discussion on need for provincial regulation on short-term vacation rentals; update and direction on TIABC policies in development (hwy signage, major events, STVR, camping, forestry); discussion on Terms of Reference for new committee to examine tourism sector resilience.

Assistant Deputy Minister Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport

Nick Grant

Request to advance Highway Signage policy within Ministry of Transportation; discussion on Finance Committee priorities; request to host roundtable with BC Parks on issue with commercial operators and campsites; briefing on issues with Consumer Protection BC

May

Assistant Deputy Minister Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport

Nick Grant

Provided an overview of TIABC's new major events policy; discussion on situation with commercial operators and campsite bookings in BC Park; briefing on Standing Committee on Finance priorities – MRDT, RMI & Emergency Funding for tourism regions; discussion on new TIABC highway signage policy; discussion on Bridal Falls gondola project

Assistant Deputy Minister Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport

Nick Grant

Request to help solve MRDT issues in both Fernie & Tofino; request to work together to resolve issues on group campsite bookings for commercial operators; information provided on TIABC's impending policies on major sporting events and provincial highway signage; information provided on upcoming Tourism Week activities to involve Minister & Premier.

March

Deputy Minister Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport

Neilane Mayhew

Discussion on ministry's role re: advocating for tourism projects; outline of Tourism Week activities and Minister/Premier's involvement in videos; inquiry on status of RMI funding for resort municipalities; Minister's potential involvement in RVC; feedback on BC Tourism & Hospitality Conference.

Assistant Deputy Minister Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport

Nick Grant

Meeting to discuss situation with Discover BC camping website and proposal to host a roundtable with BC Parks; implications of Mountain Resorts Branch on ministry and adventure tourism; FYI on a forthcoming TIABC policy on highway signage; feedback on BC Tourism & Hospitality Conference; request for update on various proposals such as Bridal Falls Gondola; letter to Minister regarding RVC 2022; concept for next version of the Tourism Recovery Round Table…similar to Business Technical Advisory Panel for advancing policies and issues.

Deputy Minister Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport

Neilane Mayhew

Requested information on the lifting of vaccine passports and mask mandates in the context of the impending BC Tourism & Hospitality Conference.

Assistant Deputy Minister Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport

Nick Grant

Review of budget details pertaining to tourism; implications of Mtn. Resorts & Heritage branch into MTACS; request to investigate issue re: denied park use permit for operator; follow-up on Discover Camping issue re: commercial operators; follow-up on Tofino & requested use of MRDT for treatment plant; discussion on impending policy re: hwy. signs; discussion on major sport events; idea to launch tourism career campaign.

Assistant Deputy Minister Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport

Nick Grant

Meeting to seek further information on gathering restrictions in view of the upcoming BC Tourism & Hospitality Conference in March; status on discussion with federal government on issues including the timeline to eliminate testing requirements for cross- border travellers.

January

Deputy Minister Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport; Assistant Deputy Minister Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport

Neilane Mayhew; Nick Grant

Discussion on the MRDT situation in Tofino & the need to protect this DMO revenue structure for its intended purpose; review of meeting on Discover BC; request to review Bridal Falls Gondola project status; request for funds to support tourism vis-a-vis emergency response; update on MTACS participation at BCT&H conference.

Deputy Minister Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport; Assistant Deputy Minister Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport

Neilane Mayhew; Nick Grant

Request for Ministry guidance or insight into additional orders or measures pending stemming from the current state of the pandemic with a view to maintaining or lifting gathering restrictions related to meetings and events from now through the spring.

Five years ago, China was BC's second largest international market.  However, overnight visitation from China was down 64% in 2023 compared with 2019, largely due to the absence of group tour business.  At the Rendez-vous Canada event this week in Edmonton, BC tourism industry leaders met with Minister Counsellor Li Jiangang of the Chinese Embassy (Ottawa) to begin discussions on a path forward to regain approved destination status for group tour business and ultimately see visitors numbers from China return to pre-pandemic levels. 

Pictured L to R - Destination Vancouver's Karen Soyka, TIABC's Walt Judas, Counsellor Li, Indigenous Tourism BC's Paula Amos, Destination BC's Richard Porges.
WORTH (Women of Recreation, Tourism & Hospitality) hosted its first Leadership Summit in downtown Vancouver, attracting some 250 delegates, including TIABC CEO Walt Judas, that attended sessions on industry burnout, dismantling barriers to gender equity, leadership and other topics. Walt had the pleasure of introducing Tourism Minister Lana Popham who acknowledged a number of women leaders who are making a difference in BC's visitor economy.

📸: @visioneventphotography
📬 Postcards from BC!

"Wish you were here" from Beach Tofino, courtesy of Dave Butler, VP/Sustainability CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures. 📸

Would you like your image featured in our weekly Postcards from BC? Contact deborah@tiabc.ca to share your slice of paradise!
Sustainability and Partnerships Forum 🤝 💚 

Don't miss out on May 18, an engaging lineup featuring a dynamic panel of tourism experts and an insightful presentation on content creation! 

The event will be hosted at the Eagle Room, Best Western Valemount. Doors open at 5 pm, and the festivities will run from 6-9 pm. Enjoy tasty canapés provided by Tourism Valemount and refreshments at a cash bar. 🍽🥂

RSVP by May 14 to secure your spot! 🎟️
call (250) 566-3335 or email visitvalemount@gmail.com
📬 Postcards from BC!

"Wish you were here" from the Botanica Flower Festival Chilliwack, courtesy of Allison Colthorp Executive Director Tourism Chilliwack. 📸

Would you like your image to be featured in our weekly Postcards from BC? Contact deborah@tiabc.ca to share your slice of paradise!
📸 “Postcards from BC” featuring Brian Cant at the Red Mountain Resort Rossland! 

Would you like your image to appear in our weekly Postcards from BC feature? Contact deborah@tiabc.ca