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April 2024

TIABC Voice of Tourism Newsletter – April 12, 2024

Of all the times travelling on ferries throughout British Columbia, I’ve experienced both the relief of being the very last vehi...

April 2024

TIABC Voice of Tourism Newsletter – April 5, 2024

It has been a tough new year for you. If you own a vineyard or winery it has been tough. If you are a manager or a leader you have...

March 2024

TIABC Voice of Tourism Newsletter – March 28, 2024

Whenever I visit the Fraser Valley, it evokes childhood memories of when, on the first Sunday of every month, my mom and dad would...

March 2024

TIABC Provides Update on the State of BC's Visitor Economy Heading into Spring Break

TIABC Chair JJ Belanger and CEO Walt Judas were both asked about how tourism is faring so far this year and what lies ahead for th...

March 2024

TIABC Discusses Potential Impacts of Impending STR Restrictions

On May 1st, new regulations will take effect on short-term rentals (STR) province-wide. TIABC CEO Walt Judas joined host Al Ferrab...

March 2024

TIABC Voice of Tourism Newsletter – March 22, 2024

After arriving in Maui for a week-long golf trip with some buddies several years ago, our first order of business was to stock up ...

March 2024

TIABC Voice of Tourism Newsletter – March 15, 2024

In a previous role, I worked with consultant Duane Knapp to help our organization reshape its brand. Duane is considered to be one...

March 2024

TIABC Voice of Tourism Newsletter – March 8, 2024

As the tributes and accolades poured in for Brian Mulroney from all corners of the world last week, I was reminded about my own en...

March 2024

TIABC Continues Work on STR Regulations

TIABC Continues Work on STR Regulations

In an interview with the Vancouver Sun earlier this week, TIABC CEO Walt Judas acknowle...

March 2024

TIABC Voice of Tourism Newsletter – March 1, 2024

Within a span of seven days my automatic watch stopped, a major component on the car failed, the motherboard on my laptop blew up,...

March 2024

TIABC's Voice of Tourism Podcast – Episode 20 - Gladys Atrill

Meet Gladys Atrill, Executive Director of Tourism Smithers as she joins TIABC's Voice of Tourism host Walt Judas to discuss her ca...

February 2024

TIABC Voice of Tourism Newsletter – February 23, 2024

35 years ago, I made the decision to leave broadcast journalism to enter the corporate world in a communications capacity. I’ve ...

TIABC Director Dennis Innes (VCC Dean of Hospitality, Culinary & Baking) and CEO Walt Judas joined term 8 hospitality students, industry leaders, recent graduates, and faculty for a Philosopher's Cafe to discuss the state of the tourism and hospitality workforce this week at VCC's downtown Vancouver campus.
TIABC CEO Walt Judas with Tourism Abbotsford’s Barb Roberts & Clare Seeley, as well as VCM’s Chad Wetsch on a site visit to a land-based Tilapia fish farm owned and operated by the Sumas First Nation who are expanding their Fraser Valley holdings with ambitious plans to bolster Abbotsford’s tourism infrastructure and experiences.
As he does regularly, TIABC CEO Walt Judas recently presented to tourism students and faculty at @westerncommunitycollege's (WCC) Surrey campus, focussing on industry issues and TIABC's advocacy priorities. Walt also serves on WCC's Program Advisory Committee (PAC), as well as the PACs of @capilanou and @myvcc.
🍽️ What an incredible farm-to-table experience! Backyard Farm Proprietor and Chef Chris Van Hooydonk welcomed TOTA's Board of Directors and guests Walt Judas, Richard Porges (DBC CEO) and Scott Fraser (DBC Chair) for a memorable meal in Osoyoos this week.

Chris's culinary philosophy focuses on utilizing the freshest, locally sourced ingredients to create unique, tailored menus for each visit. With a commitment to true hospitality, the experience is marked by attentive service and a passion for showcasing the beauty of the South Okanagan.

Also pictured, Destination Osoyoos Executive Director Kelley Glazer, TOTA CEO Ellen Walker Matthews, and TOTA's Jane Parece. 

A huge thank you to Chris for providing such a delightful culinary experience! 🌿
🎉 Highlights from the 2024 BC Tourism Industry Conference in Victoria! 🌟

Close to 450 tourism industry professionals convened in Victoria last week for the annual 2024 BC Tourism Industry Conference, hosted by TIABC. Industry leaders representing businesses, sector associations, regional and community destination management organizations, First Nations, federal, provincial and municipal governments, as well as non-government organizations gathered for the two-day event. 

Anchored by the conference theme - Shaping Our Future Together - the outstanding program provided both a knowledge and skills track via plenary sessions and workshops. Here are just a few highlights:

▪️ Opening keynote speaker Shaun Boothe shared a unique and emotional celebration of some of the world's most influential cultural icons. His energy and messages set the stage for the entire event.

▪️ Hon. Lana Popham, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture & Sport kicked off the conference by welcoming delegates and sharing her own personal story of working in BC's tourism industry.

▪️ Plenary Remarks by Hon. Soraya Martinez Ferrada: Insights from the Minister of Tourism and Economic Development Agency of Canada highlighted the industry's significance.

▪️TIABC CEO Walt Judas engaged in a compelling conversation with Premier David Eby whose remarks underscored the vital role of the tourism industry in British Columbia, earning him a standing ovation.

▪️ Opening Reception at the Royal BC Museum

A big thank you to all our sponsors for making this event possible! 🙌
Join us in celebrating the remarkable winners of the 2024 BC Tourism Industry Awards Gala presented by @indigenoustourismbc! 🎉✨ 

Ten awards were given out to recognize and celebrate excellence, leadership, and innovation within British Columbia’s tourism and hospitality sector. These awards showcased the province’s most exceptional leaders and positive change-makers this past year.

The winners of the 2024 BC Tourism Industry Awards are:

Business Woman of the Year Award - Sponsored by Prince of Whales
⭐ Winner: Ingrid Jarrett, @bchotelassociation 

Community Contribution & Impact - Sponsored by Tourism Richmond
⭐Winner: @princeofwhaleswhalewatching 

DMO Professional Excellence - Sponsored by BC Regional Tourism Secretariat (BCRTS)
⭐Winner: @visitrichmondbc 

Employees First - Sponsored by go2HR
⭐Winner: @golfbc 

Inclusive and Accessible Tourism Experience - Sponsored by Destination BC
⭐Winner: Vancouver Aquarium

Indigenous Operator or Experience | Sponsored by Indigenous Tourism BC and Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada
⭐Winner: @homalcotours

Innovation | Sponsored by Tourism Innovation Lab
⭐Winner: @tourismnewwest 

Remarkable Experience | Sponsored by BC Destination Management Organization Association (BCDMOA)
⭐Winner: @nimmobayresort

Sector Association Excellence Award | Sponsored by Acera Insurance
⭐Winner: Sport Fishing Institute of BC

Sustainability Excellence | Sponsored by Nanaimo Airport
⭐Winner: @40knotswinery 

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