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COVID- 19

All employers resuming operations are required to develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan that outlines the policies, guidelines, and procedures they have put in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in their business. This plan follows the six steps outlined in the COVID-19 and returning to safe operation template developed by WorkSafeBC. Employers must involve frontline workers, joint health and safety committees, and supervisors in identifying protocols for their workplace. They do not need a formal plan in place to begin operation, but are expected to develop it while protecting the safety of their workers

BC is Currently in Step 3 of its Restart Plan

COVID-19 has created an ever-changing and unpredictable landscape for the tourism & hospitality industry.

BC’s Restart is a careful, four-step plan to bring BC back together.

Getting vaccinated is the most important tool supporting our restart.

With British Columbians achieving nearly 80% adult Dose 1 vaccine coverage and COVID-19 case counts continuing to decline, the Province safely moved to Step 3 of its four-step restart on July 1, 2021. British Columbia continues to take steps in safely bringing people back together, with the goal to transition into Step 4 of BC’s Restart plan, when it is safe to do so!

Tourism Restart Step 3 Toolkit

For a quick guide on communications, health and safety, workforce, and marketing in relation to Step 3 of BC’s Restart Plan, BC tourism businesses and partners can also refer to Destination BC’s Tourism Restart Step 3 Toolkit.

Refer to the Messaging Guidance until further notice, related to Step 3 of BC’s four-step Restart Plan. The document includes marketing messaging, responsible travel infographics, and a comprehensive FAQ.

The goal of Step 3 of BC’s Restart Plan is to encourage travel to and throughout the province by Canadians.

TIABC Publishes “Know Before You Go”  Video Series

In the Fall of 2021 TIABC, published five videos highlighting the efforts that the tourism industry is taking to keep guests, staff, BC residents and visitors safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click on the images below to watch the videos about Restaurants & Food Services, Attractions, Bars & Pubs, Accommodations and Camping & RV’ing.

Joint Statement on Resumption of Travel Within BC

June 15, 2021 – Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport; Brenda Baptiste, Chair, Indigenous Tourism BC; Walt Judas, CEO, Tourism Industry Association of BC; Ingrid Jarrett, President and CEO, BC Hotel Association; Anthony Everett, Chair of the BC Regional Tourism Secretariat; and Richard Porges, President and CEO, Destination BC, released a statement on the resumption of non-essential travel within B.C.

Read the full statement

Tourism Task Force Presents Final Report to Minister

On December 9th, 2020 the Tourism Task Force presented its final report to the Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport, Hon. Melanie Mark, with a series of recommendations to support businesses and the workforce, and maintain confidence in travelers and communities.

On Sept. 18, 2020, Government appointed 11 business and industry leaders to a Tourism Task Force focused on identifying actions to help B.C.’s tourism industry recover from the impacts of the pandemic and put the industry on a path toward long-term growth. The task force was formed as part of StrongerBC, British Columbia’s economic recovery plan.

Over a period of almost three months, members of the task force gathered information on best practices from other jurisdictions and analyzed the impact of existing provincial and federal relief programs. The task force also held targeted consultations through a series of regional and topic-specific stakeholder roundtables and received presentations from 12 tourism experts.

Read the full statement

BC Government Announces COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan – September 17, 2020

Learn more at: news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020PREM0052-001780

Find out more and download the full report at: strongerbc.gov.bc.ca

Keep up to date with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport announcements  here

View the TIABC and Industry Partners media release

Tourism & Hospitality Sector Seeks $680 Million Recovery Stimulus Package from B.C. Government 

On July 21, 2020 the BC tourism industry released a proposal for immediate and vital assistance for the sector hardest hit by COVID-19 and travel restrictions.

Download the full proposal here: Recovery Stimulus Package for British Columbia’s Tourism & Hospitality Sector

Read the media release and backgrounder here

On July 20, 2020, letters were sent to each MLA in British Columbia regarding this proposal.

Read the full statement
🎤 Exciting News! 🎤

Get ready to be inspired by Shaun Boothe's opening keynote at the 2024 BC Tourism Industry Conference! You won't want to miss out on his powerful and musical message. 🌟

Register for the conference today through link in bio 👆
TIABC CEO Walt Judas met with BC Hospitality Foundation Executive Director Alana Dickson to discuss the organization's participation in the upcoming BC Tourism Industry Conference (BCTIC), March 6 & 7 in Victoria. 

BCHF will be on hand to enlist industry support via a 50/50 draw, donations, and a contribution by TIABC in lieu of gifts to speakers. 

Secure your spot at BCTIC today! Register through the link in the bio. 👆
TIABC CEO Walt Judas met up with Boating BC Executive Director Bruce Hayne, and Ahoy BC Executive Director Dave Mailloux at the annual Vancouver International Boat Show at BC Place Stadium over the weekend.  Ahoy is one of TIABC's newest members.  Walt has also been working closely with Boating BC to ensure marine tourism interests are represented in the new BC Land Act Amendment consultation currently underway until March 31st.
TIABC at Pacific Northwest Cruise Symposium!🚢

TIABC CEO Walt Judas was in Seattle yesterday, connecting with industry leaders at the Pacific Northwest Cruise Symposium. 🤝 Joined by Butchart Garden CEO Dave Cowen, GVHA CEO Robert Lewis-Manning, and CLIA Senior Advisor Barry Penner.
🌟 Meet one of our keynote speakers: Tuija Seipell!🌟

Tuija Seipell is a highly sought-after Canadian keynote speaker, business advisor and editor. She works globally, but mostly in Europe and North America, including Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Portugal, Ireland, Spain, Estonia, Latvia, Canada and the US.

She’s a passionate advocate of customer experience and emphasizes the crucial role of emotions in business. She speaks and conducts workshops also on branding, strategy, leadership, trends, creativity, and storytelling. She works with numerous sectors from tourism, hospitality, startups, retail, health care, museums, film, financial and technology sectors, to educational and governmental institutions and universities.

Tuija's session Show Me a Reason to Love You delves deep into the essential hospitality tools at everyone’s disposal: The Moments of Truth that, with the new technologies, staff shortages, sustainability requirements and other uncertainties, have become more crucial, and more effective than ever before. They have also become more and more disappointing to guests and that’s where the Great Opportunity lies. 

📅 Save the date: March 6 & 7, 2024, for the BC Tourism Industry Conference in Victoria! Register today!

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With Destination Greater Victoria CEO Paul Nursey, one of the co-founders of the Impact Sustainability Travel & Tourism Summit as another successful Impact conference wrapped up today in Victoria.🌍✨