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Tourism Vancouver
Tourism Vancouver


As part of a recently formed Tourism Coalition, Tourism Vancouver, Tourism Richmond, Destination Greater Victoria, the Tourism Industry Association of British Columbia and the BC Hotel Association issued a news release last Friday to raise our industry’s concerns in response to the proposed inter-provincial travel ban. You can read the full release here.
The Coalition has engaged with media to ensure that our industry’s voice is heard. Please share on your channels the coverage below to amplify the message from our sector. 
1. Business in Vancouver - Tourism sector fears “disastrous” effects if B.C. halts leisure travel from Alberta
2. CBC On the Coast with Gloria Macarenko (Interview starts at 1:29:27)
3. 980 CKNW The Mike Smyth Show (Interview starts at 26:00)
4. News 1130 - Ban on Interprovincial Travel Would Be Unconstitutional: Tourism Association of BC
5. Globe and Mail - British Columbia Looks to Create Its Own Pandemic Bubble


Sign Petition E-3027 to Call for a Tourism-Specific Recovery Plan from Government

Canada’s travel and tourism industry was hit first by the COVID-19 pandemic and it will take the longest to recover. MP Tony Baldinelli has sponsored an e-petition calling on the federal government to present a tourism-specific recovery plan.
Show your support by signing the e-petition and sharing it with your networks before the deadline of February 7, 2021, at 5pm EST.

Sign E-3027 Petition


Tourism Vancouver Winter / Spring Campaign Update

In keeping with our Business Sprint approach, Tourism Vancouver is conscious of the need to be nimble within the current COVID-19 landscape. As such, our Winter promotion continues to be on hold until February 5th and is being adjusted for seasonality and theme.
After that time, we will be launching an engagement & social media campaign to begin re-stimulating the demand for our city’s many attractions, restaurants, accommodations, exhibits, sightseeing, shops and neighbourhoods. Locals will be encouraged to share what they love most and are missing about their city and what they cannot wait to get back to. This will generate content which will be used in a subsequent phase. We will also highlight activities such as Dine Out Vancouver, Vancouver Mural Festival Winter Arts, and other offers and activities in our neighbourhoods. 
The February engagement campaign will include a contest, and we will launch a refreshed micro-site within the Tourism Vancouver website domain, similar to the pages of the #VancouverComeback campaign last summer and fall. After February, there will be many other elements rolling out including neighbourhood activations celebrating arts, culture and our city’s diversity, and a multi-media campaign featuring a call-to-action for locals to safely visit the city once again, and to do their part to keep Vancouver vibrant. We will share more details in the coming weeks.
As our campaign will promote open businesses and any special offers available to locals, we ask that you update your member web listings and business websites accordingly. Please log into the Member Extranet and update your open status and amenity information so it will appear on your listing on


We recognize the sizable investments and work that has been done by our industry to not only be safe but to create experiences that add to the vibrancy of our destination. Tourism Vancouver will continue to support and promote your businesses and offers through all of our owned channels and other means, as much as possible, and in accordance with PHO orders. 

Order Collateral: Tear-Off Maps

Order tear-off maps for your guests. Our easy to use maps are available for order and pickup once again.

Orders can be picked up from our Visitor Centre by appointment only. Please send the Visitor Centre an email at with your name, company, quantity requested, and the Visitor Centre will get back to you to arrange a pickup date/time. Each package contains 10 pads of maps (100 maps/pad).

Metro Vancouver and Downtown sides of map for your reference.


Tourism Vancouver's New Board Members

Peter Lukomskyj, General Manager & Regional Director - BC, Lyft Canada
Peter is the General Manager & Regional Director in British Columbia for Lyft Canada and was responsible for overseeing the team that brought Lyft to Vancouver. Over the last 20 years, he has helped a number of businesses including Elastic Path, Quickmobile and Sophos through periods of innovation and growth. With a background in technology, he has spent his career growing and scaling Vancouver tech companies and has a passion for bringing innovations to market, creating lean operating frameworks, and building and leading high-performance teams.
Peter is a Professional Engineer, a Chartered Professional Accountant, holds an MBA from Queen’s University and was named a “Forty under 40” by Business in Vancouver. 
He is an active advisor and mentor to several Vancouver-based start-ups and is passionate about maintaining the livability of the Vancouver region while growing it to become a global economic centre. When not in the office, Peter enjoys everything the West Coast has to offer with his wife and two children, including skiing, cycling, hiking and sailing. 

Jens Moesker, Regional Vice President, Pacific Northwest and General Manager of Fairmont Pacific Rim
Internationally raised and born into a family of hoteliers, Jens began his hospitality career in 1990 when he held a series of progressive Food and Beverage management roles in Europe, Middle East and the United States, including the acclaimed Hilton Jerusalem in Israel, InterContinental hotels in London and Germany, the Hotel Bristol Forte in Warsaw and the Jebel Ali Hotel in Dubai.
In 2000 he joined Shangri-La as director of food and beverage at The Kerry Centre Hotel in Beijing and shortly after became resident manager at Shangri-La Hotel Changchun. In 2004, he was promoted to general manager and three years later took on the challenge of general manager for the opening of Shangri-la Villingili Resort & Spa in the Maldives. In 2011, he transferred to become general manager of the Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo in Japan and in 2016 relocated to North America where he was Area Manager & General Manager, Shangri-La Hotel Toronto.
With a career of over 25 years specializing in luxury hotels, and a passion for food and beverage operations, Moesker brings a strategic approach to his management style, and takes pride in developing his team. “I’ve had a series of mentors that have had an impact on my career journey and I’m still in touch with many of them,” Moesker says. “An integral part of my role is to continue the legacy and coach and share my knowledge with others.”

Tourism Vancouver Board of Directors


Webinar Recording: Industry Update and 2021 Business Sprint

Thank you to those who attended our first member webinar of 2021, featuring a presentation from Royce Chwin, President & CEO. Please click below to view the event recording.

Topics included: 

  • State of the Industry
  • Outline of 2021 Business Sprint
  • Tourism Vancouver Key Priorities for Q1
Webinar Recording


Meetings & Conventions – A Fresh Perspective on Engagement

PCMA Capital Chapter: Mix N Quiz
January 21, 2021 at 5pm EST | Virtual
The PCMA Capital Chapter has launched a new monthly online event to relieve stress and offer a fun, casual way to network with the DC Region peers. It’s easy, it’s short and most of all very entertaining!  Build a team or sign up on your own you can be assigned to a team. 
Jackie Kavcak will be attending on behalf of Tourism Vancouver.

SITE Global Conference 2021
February 2-3, 2021 | Virtual 
“Courage – the power within and among us”
Last January the SITE global community of incentive travel professionals gathered here in Vancouver to explore how to travel as a motivational tool is a powerful way for the business world to support the indomitable human spirit that seeks connections with others, opportunities to learn new things, chances to discover unvisited places. 
This year, the online conference incorporates both live elements and the option to access the full programme at your convenience at all hours of the day via the online platform. In addition to the many scheduled sessions, you can network, explore the resource gallery and conduct meetings at a time that is convenient for you.
Come listen to what does incentive travel look like as we transition beyond Covid-19? When will it be safe to travel again? How do I ensure the travel experience is both safe and motivational? Do I need additional partners, expertise and skills to serve my clients’ needs? At this conference, you’ll meet the pioneers and the experts and get a chance to share your own successes. 
Attend and join this conference to hear and discuss where to spend your energy and place your resources right now. 
Michael Drake will be attending on behalf of Tourism Vancouver.

Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE) CEO Meeting
February 8-10, 2021 | Virtual
Engineering and scientific societies play a crucial role in the development of the professions that are key to advancing innovation.  The Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE), incorporated in 1977, is a professional society of chief executive officers and mid to senior-level staff members of engineering, technical, math and scientific societies dedicated to leadership excellence.

The 2021 CESSE CEO Meeting is an annual gathering of 60-70 top association executives who explore new ideas and seek solutions to shared organizational concerns in an exclusive, intimate virtual meeting environment. The 2021 CESSE CEO Meeting on February 8-10 will deliver quality programming that will help CEOs grow as a STEM society leader through thought-provoking, engaging, and relevant educational seminars and break out rooms for networking.  
Tourism Vancouver is a Gold sponsor. Jackie Kavcak will be attending on behalf of Tourism Vancouver. 

CSAE Ottawa-Gatineau Tête-à-Tête 2021
February 10, 2021 | Virtual
Immerse yourself in “all things association” at Tête-à-Tête, now in its 31st year. The schedule is packed with informative roundtable discussions, expert panel presentations and engaging speakers. 
Tourism Vancouver is a sponsor.  Michelle Taylor and Michael Drake will be attending on behalf of Tourism Vancouver.

Greater Vancouver Board of Trade

A Conversation with Minister Joly on British Columbia's Economic Future
January 22, 2021, 10:30 - 11:30am PT | Virtual
Minister Joly will be joined by Greater Vancouver Board of Trade's President and CEO, Bridgitte Anderson, and local economic leaders for a moderated conversation on the future of British Columbia's economy and how the federal government can best support it through the creation of a new Regional Development Agency in British Columbia.
$30+GST for non-members; Free for GVBOT members.

BC Craft Brewers Conference is going Virtual

BC Beer Con 2021
February 3 - 5, 2021 | Virtual
The BC Craft Brewers Conference brings together key stakeholders from the Canadian craft brewing industry for an annual networking and educational event. 
From February 3 to 5, brewery staff, brewing students and beer enthusiasts are invited to take part in various educational seminars and keynotes to gear up 2021. The three days are divided into half-day tracks, broken out into Brewing, Marketing & Sales, Operations and Finance. 

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