The B.C. tourism industry's human resources and labour-market association, go2, has issued a notice encouraging tourism employers to familiarize themselves and comply with WorkSafeBC's new workplace bullying and harassment policies, which came into effect Nov. 1.
The Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC (AtBC) launched a new promotional campaign and a revamped website Nov. 7 to give a further boost to the already rapidly growing B.C. Aboriginal tourism sector. The 'Plus Aboriginal BC' marketing program lets travellers know that a visit isn't complete without at least one Abori…
New research released Nov. 14 by the financial advisory firm Deloitte finds that strengthening Canada's tourism industry would significantly boost the nation's economy, and it calls on governments and tourism organizations to take positive action.
Destination British Columbia announced recently that after an extensive global search it has appointed Marsha Walden as its first Chief Executive Officer. DBC Board Chair Andrea Shaw said Walden begins her new job on Nov. 25. Walden comes to Destination BC from the position of Vice-President of Strategy Transformation …
Former TOTA Board Chair Ingrid Jarrett has been named the new president of the British Columbia Hotel Association for a two-year term. The announcement was made Oct. 27 at BCHA's annual general meeting in Vancouver.
With the growing realization that more visitors to Canada are coming from new markets and emerging economies like Mexico, Brazil, China and India, the federal government is moving to reduce visa wait times.
The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) reported very favourable impressions from its attendance at the giant ITB Berlin travel trade show and the second season of a television show it is sponsoring in China.
The provincial government of British Columbia, along with the BC Arts Council, announced a three-part strategy worth $6.25 million to bolster various art and creative activities through a new entity, BC Creative Futures.
Many business owners sometimes wonder whether the pay they provide to their employees is reasonable, too little or perhaps too much. Until January 20 owners can participate in the 2012 Canadian Tourism Sector Compensation Study.
The Canadian Tourism Commission reported healthy numbers of visitors to Canada in October of last year; although there was a 0.2% drop overall. Expenditures by those visitors increased by 4% to $2.5 billion over the same period in 2011.
Overall Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) figures for August 2012 show mostly positive trends when compared to August 2011. Putting the figures against those from the same period a year earlier, international overnight trips to Canada were up 7.4% to 2,446,097.
The provincial government announced the creation of a new Crown corporation, Destination BC, to work with tourism stakeholders to market B.C. tourism opportunities. Destination BC was created on November 2, 2012, and will take full responsibility for operations as of the new fiscal year, April 1, 2013.
After a few years of back-and-forth British Columbia and business will be returning to the PST/GST tax system. The official date for the implementation of the PST is April 1, 2013, but businesses can register for the PST starting January 2, 2013.
B.C.'s new Tourism Labour Market Strategy – released June 4 by go2, B.C.'s human resource organization for tourism and hospitality – sets out a plan to recruit, train and retain the workers needed to keep pace with the large growth projected for the industry. Nearly half of the industry's projected 101,000 job ope…
Months of co-operative work by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) and Canada's Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D) have paved the way for a new push to attract more international medical conferences, meetings and educational events to Canada.
The major tourism and hospitality associations in the province have announced they will merge their usual two separate annual conferences into one 'super-conference' for B.C.'s tourism industry this year.
Maxime Bernier, federal Minister of State for Small Business & Tourism, used his speech to the awards luncheon at the 20th annual Hotel Association of Canada Conference to note that for the first time ever, tourism industry representatives met recently with officials from the 15 federal government departments that have…
Sport tourism spending in Canada rose to $3.6 billion in 2010 – an increase of 8.8 per cent from 2008, according to a report prepared by Statistics Canada for the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA).
Prime Minister Stephen Harper launched a new Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) marketing campaign in China Feb. 8 during his latest trade mission to that country. The campaign highlights Western Canada, the 100-year-old Calgary Stampede, and CTC's Signature Experiences Collection of outstanding Canadian travel destinat…
The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) has teamed up with Food Day Canada to launch a new Culinary Journalism Award that will recognize media content published in the United States that captures the depth and excellence of Canada's culinary experiences.
In late 2011 it was announced that, for the second year in a row, Canada has been named the No.1 most powerful country brand in the world by FutureBrand, a leading international brand and design consultancy.
The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) has just finished running a month-long television marketing campaign on more than 20 TV channels in the U.K. – its first TV campaign in that market in eight years.
The B.C. government announced recently that representatives from China's Sichuan Airlines and the Vancouver Airport Authority have signed a letter of intent with the aim of starting a new three-flights-per-week service to Vancouver in 2012. The move will boost tourism and new jobs, according to B.C. Premier Christy Cla…
In recent weeks, with the opening of a new session of the provincial legislature and Premier Christy Clark's unveiling of "Canada Starts Here – The B.C. Jobs Plan", the provincial focus has been on creating investment, jobs and economic growth. But tourism has not been left out of the mix.
Canada's Minister of State for Small Business & Tourism, Maxime Bernier, officially unveiled the new Federal Tourism Strategy in Ottawa on Oct. 6, saying its aim is to help position Canada's tourism sector for long-term growth and global competitiveness.
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After the success of its first major consumer campaign in China, the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) is now targetting the fully independent traveller (FIT) segment of the Chinese travel market, a fast-developing segment that CTC believes is rich in future travel potential.
The B.C. travel industry's human resources association – go2 – says a just-released study into pay and benefits for 31 tourism and hospitality occupations across Canada should help tourism employers in the province remain competitive.