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Apr 10, 2024

Industry Leaders Express Concerns on Scope of Bill 12

On March 14, the Province introduced Bill 12, the Public Health Accountability and Cost Recovery Act. This Bill would allow the government to sue goods and services companies to recoup costs incurred by government if products or services caused disease, injury, or illness.

TIABC, along with over 20 other business associations supported the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade in a letter last week to Premier Eby and the Attorney General expressing shared concerns regarding the scope of Bill 12.

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On March 14, the Province introduced Bill 12, the Public Health Accountability and Cost Recovery Act. This Bill would allow the government to sue goods and services companies to recoup costs incurred by government if products or services caused disease, injury, or illness.

TIABC, along with over 20 other business associations supported the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade in a letter last week to Premier Eby and the Attorney General expressing shared concerns regarding the scope of Bill 12. The letter emphasizes the importance of safeguarding the health and wellbeing of British Columbians while highlighting potential risks associated with the current breadth of the proposed legislation. The current draft does not achieve this and has been advanced without sufficient engagement.

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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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