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Jun 21, 2021

Letter of Appreciation to TIABC

Minister Mark


Dear Walt Judas and Vivek Sharma:

Thank you for your letter of June 7, 2021, regarding BC’s Restart Plan and the certainty it
provides to tourism and hospitality businesses. I greatly appreciate you taking the time to share
your feedback with me.

It has taken all of us paddling together to reach this pivotal point in the pandemic, where there is
a palpable sense of hope and optimism for the future, not only for us as leaders who have worked
so hard to guide our industry through this pandemic, but also for the families and communities
that for the first time in over a year can see a path forward. As long as vaccination rates continue,
and cases and hospitalization remain low, British Columbia (B.C.) will continue to move through
our reopening phases.

The level of cooperation and partnership between industry and government throughout this
pandemic has been unprecedented, and I am grateful for the steady hand of the Tourism Industry
Association of BC in providing guidance to businesses and recommendations to government so
that we could reach this point. It is my intention to continue working closely together towards
recovery, resilience and beyond, and have that be the legacy that carries forward from this
difficult time.

I am personally looking forward to travelling in B.C. this summer with my family and supporting
our tourism operators, and I know thousands of other B.C. families are planning vacations across
the province this summer as well. However, I am also keenly aware that there is still a long road
to recovery, and that the industry will need more support. As you know, Budget 2021 committed
an additional $50 M for recovery and resilience initiatives for the tourism sector this fiscal year.
I look forward to discussing how best to allocate these funds with you and other industry leaders
in the weeks ahead at the tourism advisory table. I also commit that our Government will
continue our advocacy to the Federal Government to re-open our borders to international visitors
as soon as it is safe to do so.

Thank you again for writing.


Melanie Mark
Hli Haykwhl Ẃii Xsgaak
Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport

More Advocacy

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)

Tap link in bio to register. 👆
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.👆 

#bctourismcounts #bctourism #tourismsector #bc #tourism #bcstrong #explorebc #hellobc #GreenMeansGo
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.

Tap the link in our bio to read the full newsletter. 👆

#NDTR2022 #OrangeShirtDay #TRCCanda #WeWearOrange #TruthAndReconciliation #NationalDayForTruthAndReconciliation #DestinationIndigenous #IndigenousBC
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

Tap the link in our bio to learn more. ☝️