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May 19, 2021

Tourism Vancouver
Tourism Vancouver
  • The B.C. government announced a new province-wide program to support B.C.’s anchor tourism businesses. Eligible attractions may receive up to $1 million per attraction through one-time grants
    • Examples of criteria and eligible organizations include:
      • Major anchor attractions in urban centres that receive 75,000 or more visitors per year – eligible for up to $1 million.
      • Major anchor attractions in rural areas that receive 15,000 or more visitors per year – eligible for up to $500,000.
      • Tour bus companies that serve 30,000 or more passengers per year – eligible for up to $500,000.
      • Examples of “turnstile” attractions eligible for the program include amusement parks, wildlife parks, botanical gardens, heritage institutions, museums, galleries, and science centres.

To determine if your business is eligible and to apply:

Apply Here
  • In a press conference on May 18th, Prime Minister Trudeau acknowledged discussions about the border are ongoing, but he's tamping down any expectations that travel restrictions could be lifted soon. Border reopening depends on 75% of Canadians being vaccinated, according to Prime Minister Trudeau.


#LoveVancouver Relaunch

In anticipation of re-launching #LoveVancouver next week, we would like to remind our attraction, event, hotel, and restaurant members to ensure their member listings are up-to-date, and that we are made aware of any current, new, or upcoming special offers that we can highlight on the various pages of the microsite.

In celebration of National Tourism Week, and pending an easing of current circuit-breaker restrictions after the Victoria Day long weekend, digital, radio, social, TV and multicultural media will begin profiling our #LoveVancouver promotion, including the new #LoveToExplore program. Members should ensure they can leverage the coverage and traffic driving to the microsite for this campaign.

Request for Luxury Father's Day Packages is looking for over-The-Top Father's Day Travel Experiences. Please send details of your luxury Father's Day packages to Sabrina Tey, Manager Communications by noon on Friday, May  21st.  To be considered your package must be: exclusive to Father's Day, a pricey & bespoke offering, have a unique element.


BSAFE Partner Toolkit

BSAFE is a new, online COVID-19 health and safety training program launched by go2HR with support from the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, and Sport. This training tool is a direct result of the Tourism Task Force’s recommendation to the government that was delivered in their report in December 2020.
Rebuilding confidence in the tourism and hospitality industry is critical to rebuilding our sectors as we emerge from the pandemic. BSAFE is designed to ensure foundational health and safety knowledge in BC’s tourism and hospitality businesses to keep everyone — workers, guests, and communities — safe as we move through the COVID-19 pandemic.
BSAFE stands for BC Safety Assured For Everyone
The course is designed for both front-line staff and managers/supervisors. The curriculum is delivered online, in 90 minutes, and upon completion, a certificate will be awarded.
The BSAFE registration portal is now open to employers who are interested in registering for the course.

Register Today

Metro Vancouver Clean Air Plan Engagement

Metro Vancouver values public input to develop a plan that reflects diverse voices. A draft Clean Air Plan was developed in 2020 and 2021 with input from stakeholders across the region. Some of the actions will be implemented by Metro Vancouver, and some actions are the responsibility of others, or require collaboration. But they all work together to achieve the same regional goals.

Do you support the direction of the Clean Air Plan? Do you like, or have concerns about, specific actions? Does it align with other work you know of or are involved in? Do you have thoughts on implementation or collaboration to meet the 2030 targets in this region?

The draft Clean Air Plan is available for comment from April 1 through June 15, 2021.

Council renews Drinking in Public Plazas Pilot for the summer season

Vancouver City Council voted to renew the City’s Drinking in Public Plazas Pilot and confirmed the location of three sites where Vancouverites will be able to eat, rest, and responsibly enjoy an alcoholic beverage this summer season.
Drinking in Public Plazas Pilot locations for 2021 will start to be activated on May 31st in the following locations:

  • Cambie and 17th
  • 800 Robson
  • Fraser and 27th  

All participating public plazas will have access to automated public toilets or temporary portable washrooms and be in place until October 11, 2021.  
The continuation of this pilot for a second year is a valuable opportunity for staff to further study these spaces, seek feedback from plazas users, and provide continued support to local businesses and communities, particularly in light of the PHO restrictions on indoor dining.
Council also approved an extension of operating hours for an existing parklet at 111 Princess Avenue which supports the Drinker’s Lounge Community Managed Alcohol Program. The parklet, which provides people in the area with a safe place to gather, eat, access to cultural programs, services, and connections to support, will now operate from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm seven days a week until December 31, 2021.

More Information

35th Annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival Announces Free Streamed Concerts, Workshops, and Annual Colloquium

The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Vancouver’s signature Festival, celebrates its 35th edition this summer from Friday, June 25 to Sunday, July 4. 

7 Places to Walk a Section of The Great Trail Around Vancouver

Fully connected in 2017, The Great Trail stretches across Canada from Victoria to Newfoundland, and north to the Arctic Ocean. You may not have time to walk the enitre length, but the route passes right through Vancouver, so you can walk a section of The Great Trail close to home. 

My (Vancouver) Octopus Teacher

The 2021 Academy Award for best documentary feature followed the journey of a film-maker (Craig Foster) who connected and learned from an octopus over the course of a year. It was a wonderful story about a remarkable creature. 

Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon June 2 – July 5, 2021

Established in 1999, the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon is one of Canada Running Series’ flagship events in Vancouver. Known for its scenic ocean-side routes and tremendous fundraising efforts in support of the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, this event attracts thousands of runners every year. 

Wings and Wizards: A Magical Experience for the Whole Family this Summer at BC Place!

SHINE Experiences is proud to present Wings and Wizards at BC Place – an exceptional, immersive entertainment experience that promises to bring back a little magic into the lives of the young and young-at-heart all summer long! 

#LoveVancouver Neighbourhoods: Marpole & Chinatown

Our next two neighbourhoods in our #LoveVancouver Neighbourhoods Series may look very different from street-view, but they share equally important roles in the diverse cultural makeup of our city. 

8 Easy Wheelchair-Accessible Hikes Around Vancouver

Nature is for everyone. Thankfully, there are lots of easy and accessible hikes close to Vancouver. These flat hikes are great for wheelchair-users, people who use mobility aids, or child strollers. Put these wheelchair-accessible hikes around Vancouver on your to-do list. 


SAVE THE DATE - Notice of 2021 Annual General Meeting

Notice to: Members of Tourism Vancouver
From: Marion Harper Treskin, Chair, Board of Directors
Take notice that the 118th Annual General Meeting of the Metro Vancouver Convention & Visitors Bureau, doing business as Tourism Vancouver will be held:
Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021
Time: 3:30PM - 5:30PM
Location: BC Place Stadium (Hybrid Virtual)
The following formal business will be considered at this meeting:

  • Presentation and approval of the agenda and minutes from the October 29, 2020 AGM
  • Presentation and approval of the audited 2020 financial statements & appointment of auditors
  • Presentation of the 2021-2022 Board of Directors
  • Reports from the Board of Directors and CEO

A formal agenda along with an invitation to attend and registration details will follow.
Thank you,

Marion Harper Treskin, Chair

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