Provincial Government Announces Dedicated Relief Funding for the Tourism Sector

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In response to the Tourism Task Force's final report, which was presented to Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport last week, the provincial government issued a press release this morning announcing that they will be committing $100 million in dedicated relief funding for the tourism sector, while also allocating $5 million to Indigenous Tourism BC to administer relief grant funding targeted for Indigenous businesses…

Love for Kelowna Retail Program Supports Local Entrepreneurs

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This year, the Kelowna Visitor Centre team was able to greatly expand its local consignment retail program to help support local entrepreneurs, artists, and businesses. This aligns well with the Visitor Centre's goal to connect visitors and residents with local businesses to generate larger spend and economic impact in the communities of the Central Okanagan…

TOTA Releases Biosphere Annual Report

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While the story of 2020 has been the global pandemic, it has also spurred more thought and attention on key societal issues such as diversity and sustainability. We've seen more attention placed on our community, supporting local, and thinking about what constitutes essential services and what we could all learn to live without. …

Meetings Industry Uses Innovative Virtual Platforms to Stay Connected

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December in the Toronto marketplace provides numerous opportunities to connect through holiday industry events. Of course this year, things looked different and for the first time, all the events took place virtually through different online platforms. Meetings Planners International (MPI), Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE), and Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) pulled out all the stops to make sure industry members could stay connected in a creative and innovative way…

Tourism Task Force Releases Final Report

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In mid-September, as part of the province’s StrongerBC Economic Recovery Plan, an 11-person Tourism Task Force, made up of leaders from within the industry, was assembled to provide recommendations on how to allocate the $50 million in recovery funding and on how to remain competitive as an industry beyond recovery. On December 9, the Tourism Task Force presented its final report, The Future of Travel: Positioning B.C. to Accelerate Recovery and Growth , to the Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, and Sport…

Industry and Consumer Insights: December 2020

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COVID-19 continues to directly and significantly impact the tourism industry and consumer behaviours, and with non-essential travel again not recommended, in many cases travel has decreased significantly – almost to the level when the pandemic was first declared…