Skip to main content

Jun 21, 2021

Minister Kahlon Responds to TIABC Letter of Appreciation

Advocacy

Dear Walt Judas and Vivek Sharma:


Thank you for your recent letters regarding British Columbia’s (BC) Restart Plan. I am pleased
to hear your positive feedback on our approach to reopening the economy and moving towards a
new normal. The Restart Plan was developed with careful consideration for public health, for
the economic and social well-being of the Province, and in consultation with industry groups.
Our hope is that this will provide both local residents and international visitors with the
confidence to resume exploring our great province and its many offerings.


We recognize that the impacts on the tourism industry throughout the pandemic have been
considerable. In December 2020 we received the final report from the Tourism Task Force, and
its recommendations led to the $100 M tourism-specific stream under the Small- and
Medium-Sized Business Recovery Grant program. To date, the program has awarded grants to
thousands of BC businesses, of which 41 percent were tourism-related businesses. Throughout
the pandemic the Province has introduced further programs to support the sector, including:


• $53 M invested in community-based tourism infrastructure and destination development
to help recovery, create jobs, and spur economic development.
• the BC Major Anchor Attractions Program, which provides up to $50 M for rural and
urban anchor attractions and tour bus operators.
• $5 M through Indigenous Tourism BC for 140 Indigenous tourism businesses.
• BSAFE, a made-in-BC COVID-19 safety training program to ensure consumer
confidence for visitors, workers, and communities.


Budget 2021 includes an additional $50 M to support the tourism sector to continue to be a
destination of choice and an additional $20 M for further investments in community tourism
infrastructure. We will be working closely with tourism industry leaders on how to best allocate
these funds to help chart a path forward for the sector.

Thank you again for writing, and for your ongoing advocacy and professional approach to
supporting your sector.


Sincerely,


Ravi Kahlon
Minister

More Advocacy

✉️ Wish you were here! 

A postcard from Dawn Rueckl, Director of Industry Development at the Ministry of Tourism Arts, Culture & Sport, at Sun Peaks Resort!
✉️ Wish you were here! 

A postcard from Thom Tischik, Executive Director of Visit Penticton, at the beautiful Summerland to Princeton Road. 

Would you like your image to appear in our weekly Postcards from BC feature? Contact deborah@tiabc.ca to share your slice of paradise!
📬 Wish you were here from Nik Coutinho, Sales and Marketing Manager for Prince of Whales, at the Great Bear Rainforest! 🐻 

Would you like your image to appear in our weekly Postcards from BC feature? Contact deborah@tiabc.ca.
Vancouver's North Shore Tourism Association (VNSTA) revealed its new campaign last week centred around visiting Vancouver's North Shore like a local. The three pillars include: play like a local, learn like a local, and love it like a local, with a commitment to respect Indigenous communities, air, land and waters, and to practice safety in all activities (& more). As part of its new sustainability initiative, VNSTA Executive Director Jennifer Belak (seen with TIABC CEO Walt Judas) is encouraging locals and visitors to take the pledge to play, learn and love like a local.
TIABC CEO Walt Judas joined members of BC's foodservice community, including Restaurants Canada CEO Kelly Higginson and VP Mark von Schellwitz at a networking and recognition reception in downtown Vancouver this week. Celebrating resilience, adaptability and unity, the event also served to acknowledge those who have significantly advanced the industry. Restaurants Canada and the Chefs’ Table Society of BC honoured renowned Chef John Bishop with a Lifetime Achievement award for the indelible mark he's made on the Canadian foodservice sector. 📷: @kasselmancreative
✈️ New aviation technology, the future of the aerospace workforce, impacts of government policy on the aviation sector, regional airport infrastructure and capacity needs, airline operating models, and the aviation sector’s role in emergencies were among the many important topics discussed at the BC Aviation Council Summit in Nanaimo this week. 

TIABC CEO Walt Judas joined BCAC’s Dave Frank (r) and Nanaimo Airport’s Keith Granbois at the conference where delegates also heard from Zara Rutherford, the first female to fly solo around the world.