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Feb 15, 2022

Letter to Premier John Horgan

Letter from Tourism Industry Association of BC


Dear Premier Horgan,

Today’s news about various restrictions being lifted was both welcome and deeply appreciated by the entire tourism and hospitality industry in British Columbia.

As you referenced in your remarks during the Industry Engagement Table call this morning, our sector has been extraordinarily hard hit during the pandemic. At the same time, we recognize and very much appreciate that the Province has responded with multiple support programs and measures to help tourism-dependent communities, operators, employees and destination marketing/management organizations, while also protecting the health care system and keeping BC residents and visitors safe. No doubt it’s been a delicate balance over the last 23 months and one that your government has managed extremely well.

On behalf of TIABC and our members and stakeholders, thank you for leading our province to the point where virtually all the restrictions have been lifted save for the necessary health and safety measures such as vaccine passports and masks.

In the days ahead we look to work closely with your government on messaging vis-à-vis travel to help rebuild consumer and resident confidence that it’s okay to travel again and that BC is indeed open to all fully vaccinated visitors, including those visiting for leisure purposes, as well as business. It’s especially critical that leaders and decision-makers like yourself, Dr. Henry and your cabinet colleagues are part of the communication efforts regarding travel while at the same time emphasizing the need to respect health and safety protocols and any other necessary measures required to allow us to return to and remain at so-called ‘normal’.

Premier, it is wonderful to see you ‘back-in-the-saddle’ so to speak and looking healthy and well.
Thank you again for your strong leadership, particularly over the course of the pandemic. As mentioned, we are sincerely grateful for the Province’s support of our sector and look forward to our continued work together in the months and years ahead. Thank you also for the specific acknowledgement of the tourism industry during today’s call.

Best Regards,

Walt Judas

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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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