Skip to main content

Dec 30, 2023

TIABC Voice of Tourism Newsletter – December 22, 2023

TIABC

Twenty years ago, Michael J. Fox, renowned for his role as Alex P. Keaton on the 1980’s series Family Ties, as well as playing the lead character, Marty McFly, in the Back to the Future movies, published his first book called ‘Lucky Man’. In his memoir, Fox describes his response to being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease at the pinnacle of his career and making a conscious choice to embrace gratefulness instead of self-pity despite being dealt such a bad hand at age 30.

As you may know, the Burnaby raised actor has made it his life’s mission to find a cure for Parkinson’s and is highly regarded for his work. He’s also universally admired for his incredible optimism and appreciation in the face of adversity. His strength, character and values are an inspiration to people from all walks of life. Fox sets a great example by being thankful for something…no matter how large or small…each and every day.

As we celebrate the holiday season and look forward to the new year, it is in the Michael J. Fox spirit of gratefulness that our staff and Board Chair share in the writing of this last CEO message of 2023.

Special Projects Manager Deb Kulchiski – “As I reflect on the past 12 months, I’m so appreciative of the opportunities I’ve had this year to connect with our valuable members at one of our industry events, via Zoom, by phone or email. Engaging with you has been critical in helping me better understand your needs and ensure your expectations as a member are met. . I look forward to continuing to communicate with you and am excited by what we will achieve together in 2024.”

Social Media Coordinator Pria Flanagan – “I’m grateful for everyone who engaged with TIABC’s social media channels and website over the past year. It’s rewarding to see both current and new followers who are interested in learning and staying up to date with TIABC and the tourism industry. I enjoy providing valuable insights into the tourism industry and look forward to the year ahead.”

Finance, Contracts, Technology Associate Fiona Wray – “I am very grateful for the ongoing support of our valued partners for their significant contribution to our major programs – Destination BC, Destination Vancouver, Destination Greater Victoria, TIAC, Tourism Richmond, Fortis BC, Air Canada, Indigenous Tourism BC, Northern BC Tourism Association, Tourism Prince George, and others. All have been vital in allowing TIABC to continue its work in advocating for the tourism sector in British Columbia. Thank you!”

Board Chair JJ Belanger – “I would like to acknowledge and thank our volunteer Board of Directors and committee members for their hard work and dedication towards our organization and industry. I’m very much looking forward to working with you in 2024. Also, none of our work would be possible without the great team at TIABC – Walt, Deb, Fiona & Pria are always punching way above their weight class to advocate for all of us.”

CEO Walt Judas – “I’d like to express my deep appreciation for TIABC’s many sector and DMO members who have been terrific partners on multiple advocacy files, as have my provincial, territorial and national association colleagues. I also wish to recognize the many journalists and reporters in BC for drawing public attention to myriad tourism issues. And last but not least, I am grateful for Minister Popham, her cabinet colleagues, and the many bureaucrats within various ministries (including at the federal level), particularly Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport, for their dedication, cooperation and willingness to address our industry’s concerns.”

Taking a page from Michael J. Fox’s book, we enter 2024 with optimism and a positive outlook knowing that our industry is strong, resilient and united no matter what obstacles we might face.

As the clock winds down on a year of highs and lows, we wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thank you so much for your support.

Walt Judas,

CEO, TIABC

Related Posts

🎤 Exciting News! 🎤

Get ready to be inspired by Shaun Boothe's opening keynote at the 2024 BC Tourism Industry Conference! You won't want to miss out on his powerful and musical message. 🌟

Register for the conference today through link in bio 👆
TIABC CEO Walt Judas met with BC Hospitality Foundation Executive Director Alana Dickson to discuss the organization's participation in the upcoming BC Tourism Industry Conference (BCTIC), March 6 & 7 in Victoria. 

BCHF will be on hand to enlist industry support via a 50/50 draw, donations, and a contribution by TIABC in lieu of gifts to speakers. 

Secure your spot at BCTIC today! Register through the link in the bio. 👆
TIABC CEO Walt Judas met up with Boating BC Executive Director Bruce Hayne, and Ahoy BC Executive Director Dave Mailloux at the annual Vancouver International Boat Show at BC Place Stadium over the weekend.  Ahoy is one of TIABC's newest members.  Walt has also been working closely with Boating BC to ensure marine tourism interests are represented in the new BC Land Act Amendment consultation currently underway until March 31st.
TIABC at Pacific Northwest Cruise Symposium!🚢

TIABC CEO Walt Judas was in Seattle yesterday, connecting with industry leaders at the Pacific Northwest Cruise Symposium. 🤝 Joined by Butchart Garden CEO Dave Cowen, GVHA CEO Robert Lewis-Manning, and CLIA Senior Advisor Barry Penner.
🌟 Meet one of our keynote speakers: Tuija Seipell!🌟

Tuija Seipell is a highly sought-after Canadian keynote speaker, business advisor and editor. She works globally, but mostly in Europe and North America, including Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Portugal, Ireland, Spain, Estonia, Latvia, Canada and the US.

She’s a passionate advocate of customer experience and emphasizes the crucial role of emotions in business. She speaks and conducts workshops also on branding, strategy, leadership, trends, creativity, and storytelling. She works with numerous sectors from tourism, hospitality, startups, retail, health care, museums, film, financial and technology sectors, to educational and governmental institutions and universities.

Tuija's session Show Me a Reason to Love You delves deep into the essential hospitality tools at everyone’s disposal: The Moments of Truth that, with the new technologies, staff shortages, sustainability requirements and other uncertainties, have become more crucial, and more effective than ever before. They have also become more and more disappointing to guests and that’s where the Great Opportunity lies. 

📅 Save the date: March 6 & 7, 2024, for the BC Tourism Industry Conference in Victoria! Register today!

Register through link in bio. 👆
With Destination Greater Victoria CEO Paul Nursey, one of the co-founders of the Impact Sustainability Travel & Tourism Summit as another successful Impact conference wrapped up today in Victoria.🌍✨