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Aug 18, 2023

TIABC Voice of Tourism Newsletter – August 18, 2023



Do you ever find yourself in a gathering where one person not only dominates the conversation but eventually loses everyone’s attention by recounting every minute and irrelevant detail of the story? Unfortunately it happens far too often…which is not good for those of us with waning attention spans that can barely remember last week let alone the name of a friend’s cousin’s uncle who knew the stepson of the woman whose aunt’s best friend worked in the same office as the ex-husband of the prime minister’s executive assistant.

I’m increasingly mindful of being guilty of the same trait so I try to keep my stories succinct and to the point. That said, I’ve been accused of leaving out important details so I work hard to find the right balance to provide necessary information without putting anyone to sleep, especially in these messages.

This week I perused the newly released Union of BC Municipalities’ (UBCM) Resolutions Book which contains no less than 205 resolutions put forward by various civic government representatives to be discussed, debated and voted on at next month’s convention in Vancouver. The document is 179 pages long although the first 22 pages consist of voting and other procedural instructions, as well as a table of contents that itemizes who put what motion forward in a specific category.

Detailing every last resolution might cause you to zone out, so in the interest of brevity and relevancy, allow me to summarize a few of the key tourism-related recommendations for attention and advocacy.

In the housing category, the City of Revelstoke has put forward a resolution to ask the province to provide additional enforcement mechanisms for local governments to be able to issue tickets to non-compliant short-term vacation rental operators.

On the emergency management file, the City of Nelson wants the province to create an annual fund for local governments to more adequately prepare for and respond to local emergencies. The municipality also recommends that government provide sufficient additional funding to double regional rural transit system services.

Similarly, the Sunshine Coast Regional District is urging the province to provide more flexible and innovative models for transportation service delivery (e.g. transit on-demand) for smaller and rural communities where conventional transit may not be an appropriate service delivery model.

Port Hardy has suggested that UBCM lobby government to re-establish a downtown revitalization grant program and provide adequate financial resources to enable transitioning rural resource communities to improve their downtowns for the benefit of residents, businesses and tourism.

The East Kootenay Regional District believes the province should implement a crown land camping fee structure to help pay for amenities (e.g. pit toilets) and provide additional resources for conservation officers given the increased use of the backcountry and the consequential impacts on the environment and wildlife.

The Fraser-Fort George Regional District is calling on the province to recognize highway access points (e.g. boat launches) established under provincial legislation as official public access points to be maintained by government so people can get to various BC lakes.

As you can appreciate, these are but a handful of the resolutions that TIABC and our various sector partners will be paying attention to at next month’s convention. It will take the better part of three mornings for delegates (i.e. city councillors, mayors) to approve the various motions covering a broad spectrum of issues. Once we determine where local governments land on specific files, TIABC will either align its advocacy efforts accordingly or conversely lobby against policies we believe to be detrimental to BC’s tourism sector.

For your interest, UBCM’s Resolutions Book contains 57 points for handling rules and voting related to various motions. I’ll spare you the details but can you imagine being in a conversation on resolution procedures with an individual that has them all memorized? Zzzzz!

Walt Judas


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TIABC Director Dennis Innes (VCC Dean of Hospitality, Culinary & Baking) and CEO Walt Judas joined term 8 hospitality students, industry leaders, recent graduates, and faculty for a Philosopher's Cafe to discuss the state of the tourism and hospitality workforce this week at VCC's downtown Vancouver campus.
TIABC CEO Walt Judas with Tourism Abbotsford’s Barb Roberts & Clare Seeley, as well as VCM’s Chad Wetsch on a site visit to a land-based Tilapia fish farm owned and operated by the Sumas First Nation who are expanding their Fraser Valley holdings with ambitious plans to bolster Abbotsford’s tourism infrastructure and experiences.
As he does regularly, TIABC CEO Walt Judas recently presented to tourism students and faculty at @westerncommunitycollege's (WCC) Surrey campus, focussing on industry issues and TIABC's advocacy priorities. Walt also serves on WCC's Program Advisory Committee (PAC), as well as the PACs of @capilanou and @myvcc.
🍽️ What an incredible farm-to-table experience! Backyard Farm Proprietor and Chef Chris Van Hooydonk welcomed TOTA's Board of Directors and guests Walt Judas, Richard Porges (DBC CEO) and Scott Fraser (DBC Chair) for a memorable meal in Osoyoos this week.

Chris's culinary philosophy focuses on utilizing the freshest, locally sourced ingredients to create unique, tailored menus for each visit. With a commitment to true hospitality, the experience is marked by attentive service and a passion for showcasing the beauty of the South Okanagan.

Also pictured, Destination Osoyoos Executive Director Kelley Glazer, TOTA CEO Ellen Walker Matthews, and TOTA's Jane Parece. 

A huge thank you to Chris for providing such a delightful culinary experience! 🌿
🎉 Highlights from the 2024 BC Tourism Industry Conference in Victoria! 🌟

Close to 450 tourism industry professionals convened in Victoria last week for the annual 2024 BC Tourism Industry Conference, hosted by TIABC. Industry leaders representing businesses, sector associations, regional and community destination management organizations, First Nations, federal, provincial and municipal governments, as well as non-government organizations gathered for the two-day event. 

Anchored by the conference theme - Shaping Our Future Together - the outstanding program provided both a knowledge and skills track via plenary sessions and workshops. Here are just a few highlights:

▪️ Opening keynote speaker Shaun Boothe shared a unique and emotional celebration of some of the world's most influential cultural icons. His energy and messages set the stage for the entire event.

▪️ Hon. Lana Popham, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture & Sport kicked off the conference by welcoming delegates and sharing her own personal story of working in BC's tourism industry.

▪️ Plenary Remarks by Hon. Soraya Martinez Ferrada: Insights from the Minister of Tourism and Economic Development Agency of Canada highlighted the industry's significance.

▪️TIABC CEO Walt Judas engaged in a compelling conversation with Premier David Eby whose remarks underscored the vital role of the tourism industry in British Columbia, earning him a standing ovation.

▪️ Opening Reception at the Royal BC Museum

A big thank you to all our sponsors for making this event possible! 🙌
Join us in celebrating the remarkable winners of the 2024 BC Tourism Industry Awards Gala presented by @indigenoustourismbc! 🎉✨ 

Ten awards were given out to recognize and celebrate excellence, leadership, and innovation within British Columbia’s tourism and hospitality sector. These awards showcased the province’s most exceptional leaders and positive change-makers this past year.

The winners of the 2024 BC Tourism Industry Awards are:

Business Woman of the Year Award - Sponsored by Prince of Whales
⭐ Winner: Ingrid Jarrett, @bchotelassociation 

Community Contribution & Impact - Sponsored by Tourism Richmond
⭐Winner: @princeofwhaleswhalewatching 

DMO Professional Excellence - Sponsored by BC Regional Tourism Secretariat (BCRTS)
⭐Winner: @visitrichmondbc 

Employees First - Sponsored by go2HR
⭐Winner: @golfbc 

Inclusive and Accessible Tourism Experience - Sponsored by Destination BC
⭐Winner: Vancouver Aquarium

Indigenous Operator or Experience | Sponsored by Indigenous Tourism BC and Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada
⭐Winner: @homalcotours

Innovation | Sponsored by Tourism Innovation Lab
⭐Winner: @tourismnewwest 

Remarkable Experience | Sponsored by BC Destination Management Organization Association (BCDMOA)
⭐Winner: @nimmobayresort

Sector Association Excellence Award | Sponsored by Acera Insurance
⭐Winner: Sport Fishing Institute of BC

Sustainability Excellence | Sponsored by Nanaimo Airport
⭐Winner: @40knotswinery 

📸 @arkitekcreative