This past week, several major announcements were made regarding additional funding support for the tourism industry.
The provincial government is supporting 59 destination marketing organizations (DMOs) in BC with recovery through a $10M grant, while Destination British Columbia (DBC) is providing an additional $130,000 to BC Visitor Centres (up to $1,000 per Visitor Centre) to assist with additional measures that need to be in place for the safe operation of the physical spaces.
Over the weekend, the federal government announced $30M of funding through Destination Canada aimed at encouraging Canadians to explore locally. From this program, DBC will receive $6M in funding, with $4.5M allocated to BC's largest city/community DMOs, which includes Kelowna. The additional $1.5M will be allocated into community consortiums through DBC's Co-op program.
Recovery efforts in Western Canadian tourism areas will also be supported by $3.45M in funding through Western Economic Diversification Canada.
For more information on government supports available to businesses and individuals, click here.