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February 2024

TIABC Voice of Tourism Newsletter – February 9, 2024

Earlier this week I spoke with a long-time Shuswap resident whose large property was severely damaged by fire. He made some strong...

February 2024

TIABC Voice of Tourism Newsletter – February 2, 2024

Every year I receive dozens of invitations to attend or participate in conferences, workshops, summits, annual general meetings, g...

January 2024

TIABC's Voice of Tourism Podcast – Episode 19 - Cheryl MacKinnon

Meet Cheryl MacKinnon, Principal of Wellness Travel BC as she joins TIABC's Voice of Tourism host Walt Judas to discuss the growth...

January 2024

TIABC Discusses Challenge of CEBA Loan Repayment

TIABC Board Chair J.J. Belanger was a guest of Gregor Craigie on CBC LISTEN and spoke about how tourism businesses are having a di...

January 2024

TIABC Voice of Tourism Newsletter – January 26, 2024

While I try not to pay much attention to American politics, one can’t help but hear about Donald Trump being heavily favoured as...

January 2024

Tourism AI Network Welcomes TIABC as a Trailblazing Partner in Pioneering AI Integration in BC's Tou...

In an exciting development for British Columbia's tourism industry, the Tourism AI Network (TAIN) proudly announces the Tourism In...

January 2024

TIABC Outlines Position on STR Legislation

TIABC CEO Walt Judas was a recent guest of Fairchild TV where he spoke about why TIABC supports the new provincial legislation on ...

January 2024

TIABC Voice of Tourism Newsletter – January 19, 2024

Not long after I told the story about purging my old trophies (see October 27 newsletter), I made a further commitment to get rid ...

January 2024

TIABC's Voice of Tourism Podcast – Episode 18 - Brad Harrison

Meet Brad Harrison, Executive Director of the Backcountry Lodges of British Columbia Association. Brad discusses growing up in BC...

January 2024

TIABC Voice of Tourism Newsletter – January 12, 2024

My wonderful daughters-in-law describe themselves as football widows for the better part of five months of the NFL season (which i...

January 2024

TIABC Voice of Tourism Newsletter – January 5, 2024

Happy New Year! I trust you enjoyed a restful and relaxing holiday season. To be sure, many folks are still away this week but TIA...

December 2023

TIABC's Voice of Tourism Podcast – Episode 17 - Joanna Jagger

Meet Joanna Jagger, founder and President of the WORTH (Women of Recreation, Tourism & Hospitality) Association. Joanna joins TIAB...

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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