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Jun 16, 2021

TIABC Letter on Cruise to Minister of Transportation & Infrastructure


Re: British Columbia’s Cruise Sector & Request for Meeting

Dear Minister Fleming,

On behalf of the Tourism Industry Association of British Columbia (TIABC), I am writing to express
our concerns regarding the escalating cruise industry situation that has the potential to cause
further damage to an already reeling visitor economy.

As you know, the cruise sector is a vital part of British Columbia’s tourism and hospitality industry.
Absence of a second straight cruise season has led to additional business closures and/or further
hardships for many tourism operators. Although TIABC earlier this year appealed directly to your federal
counterparts to consider a partial season in fall 2021 dependent on a number of considerations (e.g.
increasing vaccination and declining COVID transmission rates), we’re now more concerned that there
are still no assurances for 2022. We suggest the current Canadian order vis-à-vis the ban on cruise ship
be rescinded in November (concurrent with the scheduled expiry of the CDC conditional sail order) to
allow cruise lines and the industry in BC to plan for next season.

On a related note, the threat of a permanent measure as the corollary to recent temporary U.S.
legislation that allows cruise ships to bypass British Columbia to sail straight from Seattle to Alaska, is
very real and deeply concerning to our sector. Suffice it to say, this issue must be addressed

In spite of British Columbia’s advanced cruise infrastructure and resources, not to mention our appeal as
a desirable destination and port-of-call, we cannot afford to take our cruise industry and the benefits we
enjoy for granted, especially given American protectionist measures that have been applied to multiple
sectors of our economy and now also include tourism.

To that end, TIABC has joined together with a national coalition of businesses, sector associations and
other interests to appeal to the federal government to stand up for Canada’s cruise sector. We are also
working closely with our members at CLIA North West and Canada to support their efforts on practices
and policies that foster a safe, secure, healthy, and sustainable cruise environment.

Minister, I appeal to your leadership to resolve this impasse with your U.S. counterparts, and to
advocate to the federal government to not only make a firm commitment to the cruise sector in BC and
across Canada, but to actively lobby American decision-makers at the highest level to ensure that any
permanent bill allowing cruise ships to bypass our waters does not move forward under any

Thank you for your attention to this matter and for your support of British Columbia’s tourism and
hospitality industry during the pandemic. I respectfully request to meet with you at your earliest
convenience to discuss TIABC’s position and to learn more about the Province’s efforts on this file. I look
forward to hearing from you soon.

Best Regards,

Walt Judas

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TIABC is pleased to release its 2022 Advocacy Report Card, which details the advocacy efforts and achievements and synopsis of some of the organization’s key initiatives last year. 

Read now through link in bio. 👆
Tourism leaders cheer on the @canucks in the Rogers Suite. 🏒👏

L-R: Destination Vancouver's Royce Chwin, TIABC's Walt Judas, Tourism Minister Lana Popham, Sport Hosting Vancouver's Michelle Collens, TIABC Director/VCC's Dennis Innes, Indigenous Tourism BC's Henry Tso.

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Each year, on March 8th, people around the world celebrate International Women's Day and the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Today, TIABC salutes the women on our board and staff who are so valued, respected and appreciated by colleagues throughout the entire BC tourism industry. 

⭐ Brenda Baptiste
⭐Joanne Burns-Millar
⭐Pria Flanagan
⭐Miranda Ji
⭐Deborah Kulchiski
⭐Sandra Oldfield
⭐Sandra van Steijn 
⭐Fiona Wray

Thank you for your incredible contribution to our organization and to BC’s visitor economy.

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Over the weekend, TIABC CEO Walt Judas, Vancouver City Councillor Pete Fry, and Sport Hosting Vancouver Senior Manager Michelle Collens enjoyed watching the Canada Sevens rugby tournament at BC Place! 🏉

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What a great first day at the BCTHC 👏

We had an incredible first day in Prince George gathering with industry friends and experiencing the many wonders that the incredible Northern BC region has to offer!

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TIABC CEO, Walt Judas and @bchotelassociation CEO Ingrid Jarrett attended the @pgcougars game on the eve of the 2023 BC Tourism & Hospitality Conference in Prince George. 🏒

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