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May 2024

TIABC Voice of Tourism Newsletter – May 17, 2024

I recently heard a story that left me speechless. Seems the ex-partner of one of our friends has a habit of stealing from retailer...

May 2024

TIABC Voice of Tourism Newsletter – May 10, 2024

For me the toughest shot in golf is inside of 120 yards. According to Golf Channel instructors, instead of generating speed on my ...

May 2024

TIABC Voice of Tourism Newsletter – May 3, 2024

While cleaning out my tool shed a while back, I found an old hard hat with the words, “I helped raise the roof at BC Place Stadi...

April 2024

TIABC Voice of Tourism Newsletter – April 26, 2024

Years ago my uncle joined several of his Keremeos neighbours to erect homemade signs that said, “No National Park”. Travelling...

April 2024

TIABC's Voice of Tourism Podcast – Episode 22 - Rachela Pollock

Rachela Pollock, host of the She Dares to Travel podcast, discusses her career path, the value of travel agents, and her travel ex...

April 2024

TIABC's Voice of Tourism Podcast – Episode 21 - Ingrid Jarrett

Meet Ingrid Jarrett, President and CEO of the BC Hotel Association as she joins TIABC host Walt Judas to discuss her career path, ...

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 ...

The Polygon Gallery held its annual industry open house this week.  TIABC CEO Walt Judas joined Vancouver Attractions Group Marketing Manager Nancy Chilton and more than 200 other tourism industry professionals to celebrate the gallery's 7th year at its North Vancouver Shipyards District site.

The Polygon is a free (donations accepted) public cultural facility operated by the BC Photography and Media Arts Society. According to Faye Bednarczyk (pictured at mic), Director of Sales and Corporate Partnerships, the gallery has hosted more than 300 exhibitions including Velvet Terrorism, Pussy Riot's Russia on until June 2nd.
TIABC CEO Walt Judas joined Indigenous Tourism BC's Jamie Bourne and TOTA's Robb MacDonald on a panel to discuss sustainability at Tourism Valemount's Celebration of Tourism event over the Victoria Day long weekend. 

Moderated by Valemount Mayor Owen Torgerson, the session also included Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond, Simpcw Chief George Lampreau and Tourism Valemount Executive Director Marcie Down. On Sunday, the group toured popular tourism attractions in the area and also participated in the community's annual Chinook salmon fry release into Swift Creek.
🏒 Even though the Canucks failed to advance past the second round, home playoff games were a good boost for local bars, restaurants, transportation companies and other sectors within Vancouver’s visitor economy.  TIABC CEO Walt Judas was on hand for game 7 against the Oilers along with Air Canada’s Serge Corbeil and Greater Vancouver Board of Trade CEO Bridgitte Anderson.
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.

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