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Oct 30, 2023

TIABC Voice of Tourism Newsletter – October 27, 2023



I play pool every Wednesday night with a close friend I’ve known for over 50 years. He’s a lifelong bachelor in his early 80’s that lives on his own in a big house filled with old stuff. Because he plans to downsize at some point in the near future, I always ask him what he’s gotten rid of since we last saw each other.

One day he told me he threw out all his old trophies, which inspired me to pull a box of my old trophies from the crawl space to either put on display or get rid of. I had awards for hockey, soccer, golf, fishing, and even an ugly, two-foot high statue for finishing second in an Aardvark race during halftime at a BC Lions game. Most of the prizes held no special meaning so I kept a couple and gave the others away via Facebook Marketplace.

Although I wilfully disposed of junk others might treasure, I’m mindful that many awards, trophies, certificates, and honours are valued as a tangible acknowledgement of a significant achievement or milestone. Case in point, I’ve heard from many recipients of a BC Tourism Industry Award how special it is to be recognized by their peers for the outstanding work they do.

As you are aware, each year at the BC Tourism Industry Conference (BCTIC – March 6-7/24 – Victoria), our gala awards ceremony honours the best of the best in the tourism and hospitality sector with awards in several categories including Indigenous Tourism Operator of the Year, Businesswoman of the Year, Remarkable Experiences, DMO Professional Excellence, Sustainability, Access and Inclusion, Innovation, and Community Contribution. Occasionally we also include a Lifetime Achievement Award to an individual that has made an extraordinary impact on the tourism industry in British Columbia over many years.

Earlier this week, the BCTIC Program Committee affirmed the aforementioned categories as we get set to launch the nominations process for the coveted BC Tourism Industry awards. We may also be introducing an additional award category to recognize even more industry leaders. Stay tuned.

For many years the annual awards gala during the conference has been hosted by Indigenous Tourism BC. Each honoured recipient receives a custom-made Indigenous artifact, carving, or art work that can be proudly displayed in the office or at home. It’s a keepsake to be proud of and held onto.

During the nominations process, we typically receive dozens of submissions to evaluate and ultimately determine award recipients. Regardless of who wins, I find it so inspiring to see the depth and breadth of the amazing work being done by many incredible individuals, organizations and tourism companies throughout BC. Suffice it to say, judging is an extremely difficult task taken on by a committee comprised of award sponsors and other stakeholders.

Watch for the BC Tourism Industry Awards nomination form in the near future and please respond accordingly. Also, stay tuned as more details, including registration, for next year’s BCTIC are released over the next few weeks.

I’ve inherited a few things that my buddy chose to get rid of but nothing that sits on a display shelf and collects dust. Some stuff I’ve passed along while other items such as a crokinole game I’ve kept and will pull out for when we’re both too old to hold a pool cue with a steady hand.

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 

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