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August 18, 2021

Destination Vancouver
Destination Vancouver


To support Vancouver's tourism industry in developing their experiences, and promoting Vancouver in target Canadian, US, and International markets.

We invite you to learn more about Destination Vancouver’s new expanded mandate:

The team will be taking a phased approach to introducing Destination Vancouver in the coming weeks and months. Starting in August, we will be switching our website domain to  

If you have questions about Destination Vancouver’s new name and mandate, please reach out to our Membership team:


Media Pitch Request: 

A journalist for Cosmopolitan is compiling a list of the sexiest hotels around the world for a story. If you think this is a fit for your property, please send any special details that would set your hotel apart from others and include the rate per night.

Please send your pitch by noon Thursday, August 19th to Sabrina Tey at  

Submit your Special Offers! #LoveVancouver

Destination Vancouver's #LoveVancouver campaign is going strong, and we want you to be involved! We invite our attraction, event, hotel, and restaurant members to share special offers for this promotion, by emailing your Membership Specialist

Please also ensure your member listings are up-to-date, including the COVID-19 Amenity updates (via the Member Extranet). 

A Collaborative Project between Destination Vancouver, Good Night Out Vancouver and go2HR

Recognizing that staff and patron comfort is critical to the economic recovery of the hospitality industry, Destination Vancouver, Good Night Out Vancouver and go2HR, have partnered up to create safer spaces in the tourism and hospitality sector.

This campaign, which is open for 6 weeks, encourages local establishments to sign-up for industry-specific training to help build staff and patron confidence. Learn tools and tips to help prioritize safety and navigate a variety of challenging situations.

Participating establishments will receive cross-promotion throughout the summer and an invitation to a safety skill sharing and social event in the Fall.

Here’s how:

  • Sign up your establishment here
  • Someone from go2HR and Good Night Out will contact you directly for follow up and set up your workplace training)

Please reach out to any of us if you have questions:



Destination Vancouver seeking Vice President, Global Marketing

The position reports to the President & Chief Executive Officer and is a member of Destination Vancouver’s Senior Leadership Team, the Vice President, Global Marketing will be responsible for the overall leadership and management of Destination Vancouver’s global destination promotion strategy anchored in people, planet, and profit. The VP will lead a multi-disciplinary team responsible for brand, digital platforms, marketing, content creation and distribution, social media within target Canadian, US, and international markets.

Destination Vancouver believes in and provides a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment and we welcome applications from women, racially visible individuals, people with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, and LGBTQ+ persons.

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New login link for Image Gallery

As part of the switchover of our name to Destination Vancouver, please note there is a new URL to access our new Image Gallery, effective Aug 19. The new login link is at (was previously /tvan).

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Destination BC Appoints Richard Porges as Permanent President & CEO

Destination BC’s Board of Directors has appointed Richard Porges as President and CEO, effective immediately, after an extensive global search.

The Board is confident in Richard, the Executive team, and Destination BC’s dedicated staff in continuing to deliver programs and services to support industry through the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. The team will continue to work closely with Minister Mark, Ministry staff and industry partners across the province to respond to the needs of BC’s vital tourism sector.

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Having Trouble Finding Staff? Help Us Understand - Take the go2HR Survey Today

Calling all BC tourism and hospitality employees! Participate in the survey and enter into a draw for prizes valued at $1,500.
go2HR is the human resource and health & safety association for BC’s tourism and hospitality industry. Even before COVID-19, the industry faced some significant human resource challenges. We know those challenges will only increase as we emerge from the pandemic. With funding from the Governments of BC and Canada, go2HR is responding to these challenges by undertaking an ambitious labour market research project.
go2HR needs your help! They need to hear from a representative sample of employers across all sectors and regions of the province, about your experiences working in the tourism and hospitality industry, the challenges you face, and your future plans with respect to continuing to work in the industry.

Take the Survey Today

BC Government Consultations on Sick Leave

The BC Government is developing paid sick leave for employees in B.C., so they are able to stay home when sick or injured, without losing wages, for a set number of days each year. The new model will come into effect on January 1, 2022.

They are seeking input from workers and employers on their current paid sick leave programs and on what they would like to see in a province-wide model.

This is a good opportunity for the tourism and hospitality industry to share what might support the rebuilding of the industry and how it might also help address the labour shortage impacting many businesses as well as measures that might support employee retention.

Engagement timeline: Surveys will be open from August 5 to September 14, 2021

Learn more about this project

Employer Survey
Worker Survey


Paradise: Canada Welcomes Travelers Again on August 9th

Adding to the growing list of countries that are opening the door to travelers – including Americans – Canada is rolling out the welcome mat up North. 

Forbes: Best Way To Start A Beautiful Day In Vancouver, B.C.

Celebrate the reopening of the Canadian border to fully vaccinated American travelers with these sweet and savory treats at some of the city’s best spots for brunch.

MoneySense: Travel deals to take advantage of now, and save for later—when it’s safe

Discounts on travel are plentiful, but is it worth buying now when COVID-19 precautions still in place and, in some cases, no guarantee you’ll be able to travel safely? If you do your due diligence, you may find that booking now can work to your advantage.

#LoveVancouver Neighbourhoods: Gastown & Hastings Crossing

Our final two neighbourhoods in our #LoveVancouver series have a rich history tied to the very first days of our burgeoning city. Gastown has lived many lives since it began as Granville, Vancouver’s first “downtown.” Its neighbour, Hastings Crossing has seen similar growth over the years but retains its rank as a centre for Vancouver’s arts and culture. 

7 Things to do at Mount Seymour Provincial Park in the Summer

Head to Mount Seymour Provincial Park to experience the beauty of Vancouver’s North Shore Mountains. The hiking trails range from easy forest walks to challenging summit climbs. You can also have a picnic, ride your bike and enjoy the view. Use this guide to help you plan your trip to Mount Seymour Provincial Park this summer. 

Vancouver Biennale Presents: Voxel Bridge, the Biggest Blockchain-Based Augmented Reality Experience

With Voxel Bridge, the Vancouver Biennale takes Contemporary Art to the epicenter of blockchain innovation. The underside of the south end of Vancouver’s Cambie Bridge is being transformed by artist Jessica Angel into a 19,000 square feet (1,765 square metres) public art installation that comes to life as the biggest blockchain-based augmented reality experience of its kind. 

Get Out Around Town and #LoveVancouver, with TransLink

What better way to celebrate living in a world-class city, than by exploring it again? 

Take a Self-Guided Mount Pleasant Brewery Tour

The Vancouver area is home to several dozen craft breweries, creating a wide variety of small-batch beers. The Mount Pleasant neighbourhood has a particularly dense concentration of microbreweries. 

Hashtag Holidays Returns to Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

The special summer Floral Edition of this Insta-worthy photo booth pop-up features 14 unique scenes decorated in collaboration with Koncept Events. 


Destination Vancouver Webinar: Rebuilding Demand for Vancouver
Leisure Marketing Updates, International Restart & Partner Alignment

Thursday, August 26, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:30am | Webinar

Please join the Destination Vancouver team on August 26th for a live webinar.

Webinar Agenda:

  • Key insights informing Destination Vancouver's marketing plans and investments
  • Updates on consumer marketing efforts in British Columbia, priority Canadian markets, and Washington
  • Understand how Destination Vancouver is working with the travel trade to expand reach and prime audiences around the globe
  • Learn how your business can get involved and benefit from these upcoming promotions 


  • Candice Gibson, Destination Vancouver Team Member, Manager, Marketing
  • Krista Alcazar, Destination Vancouver Team Member, Market Manager, International Markets
Register Now

Meetings & Conventions – Generating Business in Today's World

Maritz Global Events (MGE) – NEXT&...
August 18-20, 2021 | In-Person, Seattle, WA 
First-time event for the Maritz Global Events team since 2019 with the goal of gathering the event ecosystem – clients, MGE team members, and supplier partners –  
NEXT& plays off the increasingly popular “yes, and…,” originating in the improv comedy world. To MGE, it conveys great optimism, ideas, and capabilities, as well as a safe laboratory to experiment with new and innovative ideas and practices. 
NEXT& will reflect many of the changes our industry has been through, offering empathy, education, and inspiration in flexible formats. This meeting will address, head-on, priority challenges and leverage the attendees to create real-world solutions that propel the industry forward. 
Jackie Kavcak will be attending on behalf of Destination Vancouver. 

SITE Texas Boots on the Ground
August 19, 2021 | Virtual 
Want to know what is REALLY happening in incentive travel around the globe?  Join SITE Texas as we broadcast live from the GRIT Production Studio Thursday, August 19th from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm CDT. This isn't your typical Zoom call, but a virtual experience! We will be hosting a global conversation with SITE colleagues from around the world on the state of our industry. We will hear from countries including Italy, Ireland, Canada, Great Britain, Dominican Republic, Australia, Spain & Portugal on what they are seeing and experiencing in their markets. 
Owen Chiu will be presenting on behalf of Destination Vancouver.  

Association Forum’s Forum Forward
August 24 – 25, 2021 | Hybrid   
Association professionals come to Forum Forward to prepare themselves for what’s on the horizon in the industry through quality education experiences, knowledge sharing, and networking with colleagues. This year’s event will mix the key components about this event you've come to know and love with a new, innovative experience to equip you with the tools to navigate this ever-changing world. 
Lacy Hawley will be attending virtually on behalf of Destination Vancouver. 

PCMA Visionary Awards & Client Events 
August 24-27, 2021 | In-Person, Washington, D.C. 
PCMA Foundation honors exceptional industry stars for their significant contributions to their organizations and the business events community. PCMA will be honoring the recipients of 2020-2021. The Visionary Awards will take place on Thursday, August 26, 2021, at the Hilton Washington, Washington DC. Proceeds from the Visionary Awards benefit the PCMA Foundation, which supports the industry and empowers students and professionals to advance in their profession. Destination Vancouver will participate with Destination Canada and also will attend other client activities in the DC area.  
Jackie Kavcak will be attending on behalf of Destination Vancouver. 

PCMA Canada West Student Information Panel
August 26, 2021 | Virtual  
Are you a student that excited about a career in events and hospitality, but worried about the pandemic’s impact on the industry? PCMA Canada West is pleased to host a virtual student information panel that will feature some of the local industry’s top experts who will share their insights and experience and answer your questions! 
Owen Chiu will be hosting this event on behalf of Destination Vancouver. 

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