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Mar 8, 2021

Cruise Lines International Association (New West & Canada) thank you to TIABC

Thank you for advocating on behalf of the cruise industry


Walt Judas, CEO
Tourism Industry Association of B.C.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your recent letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau outlining the importance of cruise to the communities and business and lending your support to resumption in Canada.

2020 presented many challenges in every level of our personal lives and related business. A further extension to the Transport Canada Interim Order suspending cruise to February 2022 furthers these challenges.

CLIA and our member lines are working comprehensively to bring forward the health policies and procedures that will lead to the safe resumption of cruise in North America. The COVID-19 Member Policy entails comprehensive prevention, detection and response strategies from the time of booking through the cruise itinerary and at disembarkation. Highlights include measures for crew and passengers around testing, training and communication, ship environment measures to augment medical staffing, case detection and management and pre-arranged response logistics in the event of infectious illness.

As health organizations worldwide engage initiatives to stop the spread of COVID-19, CLIA and our member lines look to every opportunity to engage and align the best scientific and health advice with those that will provide for the resumption of cruise.

In 2019 the total economic impact of cruise to Canada was $4.2 B an increase from $3.2 B or 34% since 2016, the last time a study was undertaken. Jobs climbed to over 30,000 and wages and salaries increased 43.6% to $1.436 B.

Transport Canada’s Interim Order can be revisited or revised at any time. As the challenges of COVID-19 continue and vaccine programs progress we will continue to review every option and opportunity to demonstrate, working with Canadian officials, that cruise can resume and that operational policy and protocols are in place that have led to successful cruising and will protect not only our guests and crew, but also the communities we visit.

Thank you again for your letter supporting the cruise industry, we welcome the opportunity to continuing working with you toward the safe return of cruising to Canada waters.


Charlie Ball

Kelly Craighead
President & CEO CLIA

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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)

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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.👆 

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Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at TIABC! 🍂 

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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.

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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 or p. 604.530.9979

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