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May 05, 2021

Tourism Vancouver
Tourism Vancouver
  • B.C’s Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Mike Farnworth said despite new restrictions and a ban on travel for non-essential purposes, there will not be check stops for those crossing the Alberta-B.C. provincial border. The B.C. government is encouraging all individuals in both provinces to remain in their own communities unless travelling for essential purposes.











DVBIA Patio Fund: $500 to Help with Patio Costs

The DVBIA is offering $500 to up to 30 patio applicants to help cover the cost of patio installation and patio furniture. Priority will be given to new patio applicants. Returning patio applicants can receive the funds if there are remaining spots.
Deadline to apply for the fund: Monday, May 31, 2021.
For more information about the City’s temporary patio application process click, here.

Fill out the Intake Form

Participate Now in the 2021 Census!

On behalf of Statistics Canada, we are pleased to inform you that the 2021 Census of Population is underway. For collective dwellings such as a hotel, motel campground, YMCA/YWCA, Ronald McDonald House, hostel or school residence, the census has been in progress since April 26th and need remaining questionnaires to be completed immediately.

Information collected through the census will provide decision-makers with data needed to forecast funding requirements and plan for services such as schools, public transportation, hospitals, and residences for temporary accommodation.

Participating is easy and secure.

Starting April 26th 2021, administrators of collective dwellings like yours across Canada will receive an invitation letter or email from Statistics Canada asking them to complete their online questionnaire.  The letter contains instructions about how to complete the online questionnaire for your facility and the secure access code required to complete it. It is important that you keep this document. 

Each administrator will be required to complete a short series of questions about their establishment. The census questionnaire will need to be completed via an online portal as soon as possible. The portal is easy to use and secure. If you are not the administrator but you receive the letter or email at the end of April, please ensure that you pass it on to the person responsible for administration at your establishment.

If you have any questions, please contact Statistics Canada by phone at 1-877-949-9492 (TTY: 1-800-363-7629*), by email at, or consult the collectives webpage.


Tourism Vancouver Visitor Centre Information

While our Visitor Centre may currently be closed, our team has been busy assisting visitors and locals through email, over the phone, and through LiveChat on our website. Here are some insights and findings from April: 

  • Inquiries decreased about 36% from March to April, likely due to March break inquiries and increased travel restrictions being introduced within British Columbia and across the country. 
  • Most of the inquiries originated from residents of Metro Vancouver (29%); and US residents (29%); Ontario and Quebec (19%); rest of Canada (13%); rest of the world (10%). 
  • Primary inquiries from Metro Vancouver residents and those within Canada centered around:  
    • Attractions and Sightseeing suggestions 
    • Clarification on COVID-19 protocols/Health Orders in British Columbia 
    • Information on other areas of BC, outside of Metro Vancouver 
  • Top inquiries from outside of Canada remain existing travel restrictions and an idea of when the restrictions will be lifted. However, there were quite a few potential visitors from within the United States who were unaware of travel restrictions/quarantine or had misinformation regarding exemptions from quarantine due to vaccination. Resources available at have been quite helpful in helping those guests. 
  • For both Canadian and United States residents, many were planning 2-3 months in advance of planned arrival in Vancouver, with similar numbers still planning with travel dates unknown. 
  • Most potential visitors outside of North America have no travel dates in mind. 

Please continue to keep our team up to date on what is going on at your business, and what is upcoming, so we can provide timely information to prospective visitors. You can send updates to   


go2HR Survey

Are you an employer in the BC Tourism and Hospitality Industry? go2HR wants to hear from you! Complete the go2HR awareness survey today and provide your input. All it takes is a few short minutes and your response will be anonymous and confidential. Once completed, you'll be entered into a draw for some cool prizes.

Take the Survey Now

Harbour Air Moving to All-Electric Commercial Fleet

Congratulations to Harbour Air for making the commitment to move to an all-electric fleet. 
On April 27th North America's largest seaplane airline; magniX the company powering the electric aviation revolution; and H55, the spin-off from Solar Impulse, producing highly efficient certified battery packs, have announced a partnership to certify the world's first electric Beaver (eBeaver) commuter airplane through a supplemental type certificate (STC) program.
The companies will collaborate together with Transport Canada to certify the installation of the magniX electric propulsion unit and the H55 enhanced battery system, transforming Harbour Air's seaplanes into an all-electric commercial fleet.

Full Article


BC Resident Sentiment - Current Level of Welcome Towards Visitors

BC resident sentiment towards seeing advertising for the Province as a destination for visitors is now net negative for all regions of origin (including from nearby communities, from other parts of Province, from rest of Canada, other US, International). This sentiment is currently at one of the lowest points since tracking began.

We are seeing more positive sentiment (net) from residents in other parts of Canada towards seeing advertising of their destination as a place to visit.

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Leger North America Tracker

Overall, 80% of Canadians have been vaccinated or intend to get vaccinated – with some variations by Province. For example, highest in BC (86%) and lowest in Alberta (71%). In the U.S., 63% of Americans have been and/or plan to get vaccinated.

This was interesting as well, although we have vaccines now, fears of catching the virus among Canadians are exactly the same as when this pandemic started over a year ago at 57%. Most Canadians believe that we currently in the worst part of this pandemic. In contrast, the same proportion (47%) of Americans think that the worst of the crises has passed for them. Perhaps due to the availability of vaccines vs short supply here in Canada.

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10 Outdoorsy Things to Do Around Vancouver This Victoria Day Long Weekend

Story Excerpt: Since we will all be staying close to home this Victoria Day weekend, it’s the perfect time to play outside. Use our picks for the best outdoorsy things to do around Vancouver to plan your long weekend adventures.

#LoveVancouver Neighbourhoods: East Village & West Broadway

Story Excerpt: Continuing our exploration of YVR districts with #LoveVancouver Neighbourhoods, we come to our next two stops. One is a community on the way out of town, that’s built a new identity with a rebrand, while the other is the bustling heart of a bigger district, Kitsilano.

May’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Diez Vistas

Story Excerpt: May can be a tough month for hikers. It’s nice and warm in the city, but the mountains are still covered in snow. That’s where great mid-elevation hikes like Diez Vistas come in. This trail near Buntzen Lake lets you get up high enough to enjoy some views but is low enough that you don’t have to worry about snow.

Grouse Mountain Grizzlies Grinder and Coola Emerge from Hibernation

Story Excerpt: Today marks the end of the longest hibernation period yet at Grouse Mountain for the two resident Grizzly Bears – Grinder and Coola.

BMO Vancouver Marathon 2021

BMO Vancouver Marathon Virtual Race runs May 1-31, 2021

TIABC & Destination Canada Tourism Town Hall
May 27, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00pm PST | Virtual
Tourism Town Halls allow tourism operators to provide first-hand input on issues affecting their business and the tourism industry in this time of COVID and provide feedback on government policy for the recovery and rebuilding of our sector. They also provide a front-line forum exposure for governments, TIAC, Destination Canada and event sponsors to collaborate with small and medium-sized tourism business operators.

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Meetings & Conventions – Generating Business in Today's World

MPI CAC 2021 Spring Education Program: Redefining Dining: Food and Beverage Service Post COVID-19
May 13, 2021 | 11:30am – 1:00pm CST | Virtual
Join MPI CAC for an engaging panel exchange on the immediate future of the food and beverage industry as we look forward to meeting and traveling in the coming months. The discussion will feature topics such as new considerations when planning F&B for meetings and the effect of these changes on service and culinary teams. Stay after the panel discussion for networking with your peers! 
Lacy Hawley will be attending on behalf of Tourism Vancouver. 

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