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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.

TIABC webinar series returns on November 24th! 

Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) are important elements in sustainable labor recovery. But what do these really mean in the workplace context? While businesses are aware of the importance of these elements, many are often unsure where to start.

go2HR is committed to building strong and safe workplaces. We have engaged ParriagGroup, a leading EDI firm, to build a webinar that deepens our understanding of EDI and how to start reshaping the workplace.

Date: November 24th | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (PT)

Tap link in bio to register. 👆
REMINDER: Registration is open for TIABC 2022 Annual general meeting and industry forum! 🎉 

Registration is open for TIABC's AGM, to be held Friday, November 18th at the Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster. 

Schedule of Activities:
11:00 AM - Reports of the Society and election of directors
12:00 PM - Complimentary lunch for AGM attendees
12:30-2:00 PM - Presentation and workshop on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion with guest speaker, Joanna Jagger, founder & president, WORTH (Women of Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality) Association

Register through the link in bio.👆 

#bctourismcounts #bctourism #tourismsector #bc #tourism #bcstrong #explorebc #hellobc #GreenMeansGo
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at TIABC! 🍂 

#explorebc #hellobc
In Recognition of National Truth & Reconciliation Day, TIABC is dedicating this edition of our weekly newsletter to honour the children who never returned home and the First Nation, Métis, and Inuit survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. TIABC understands that public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.

We open with an updated re-post from TIABC Director Brenda Baptiste and her poignant editorial from last year's inaugural National Truth & Reconciliation Day. Also included is a "Member Spotlight" on St. Eugene Golf, Resort and Casino which features content relating to the Indigenous peoples and communities in our province.

Tap the link in our bio to read the full newsletter. 👆

#NDTR2022 #OrangeShirtDay #TRCCanda #WeWearOrange #TruthAndReconciliation #NationalDayForTruthAndReconciliation #DestinationIndigenous #IndigenousBC
In Ottawa this week, TIABC CEO Walt Judas met with @tourismhrcanada CEO Philip Mondor to discuss workforce challenges at THRC’s annual Labour Market Forum.
TIABC Call for Nominations 📢

The Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC) Governance Committee is seeking qualified individuals for the 2022-2024 term that are dedicated to the success of the Association and will support its principles as a member of the Board of Directors. Acceptance of nominations is based on a specific set of skills and experience.

Eligible candidates must demonstrate specific experience in the following areas:

1. Tourism Industry Knowledge

2. Technical & Business Expertise

3. Governance Competencies

4. Education and Training

The Board of Directors is made up of a maximum of 13 directors, consisting of 11 directors elected by the active members. TIABC is seeking a total of six (6) candidates for the 2022-2024 term:

The deadline for application submissions is Friday, September 30th at 5:00 pm

To receive the TIABC Board Nomination Form, or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Deborah Kulchiski (Manager, Special Projects, TIABC) at deborah@tiabc.ca or p. 604.530.9979

Tap the link in our bio to learn more. ☝️