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Nov 25, 2022

TIABC Congratulates Honourable David Eby on his Appointment as Premier

Letter from Tourism Industry Association of BC



Dear Premier Eby,

On behalf of the Tourism Industry Association of British Columbia (TIABC), congratulations on your
appointment as Premier of British Columbia. The opportunity to address the issues that matter to British
Columbians is undoubtedly both challenging and exciting as you lead the province in the months and years ahead.

As you know, after a very difficult 2020 and 2021, BC’s visitor economy has performed reasonably well since COVID restrictions were lifted earlier this year. Thanks in large part to your government’s recognition of the value of the industry and the corresponding financial support of our sector during the crisis, many businesses are now well down the path of recovery. At the same time, we still have much work to do to rebuild the tourism industry to pre-pandemic levels in both urban centres and rural parts of the province.

If afforded the right policies, regulations, tools, and support we have a tremendous opportunity to reshape our sector into a top economic driver once again, complementing our industry’s key role in advancing government priorities around reconciliation, sustainability, diversity, equity, and inclusion, among others.

We very much look forward to our continued work with you and your government in the days ahead. As you can appreciate, we are especially keen to engage with the new Minister of Tourism and strongly urge you to retain the tourism portfolio as part of government’s core ministries.

Premier, we would be happy to meet with you at your earliest convenience to share the challenges of our industry, but more importantly, to learn of your broader goals for the province and your vision for how tourism can contribute to the well-being of British Columbia now and in future.

Again, congratulations on your appointment. We look forward to connecting with you very soon.

Best Regards,

Walt Judas
T – 778-953-0620

JJ Belanger
TIABC Board of Directors

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