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September 29, 2021

Destination Vancouver
Destination Vancouver

Reconciliation Pole, Hereditary Chief 7idansuu (James Hart/UBC)


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:

BC Vaccine Card is the Only Valid Proof of Vaccination for BC Residents

Effective September 27th, the BC Vaccine Card is the only acceptable proof of vaccination for British Columbians to enter certain businesses and recreational events.

The transition period, which allowed people to present their paper record of immunization received at the time of their vaccination appointment has ended.

People can get their BC Vaccine Card online and keep a digital copy on their mobile device by taking a screen shot or saving the digital copy to the device's photo album or downloads folder. Alternatively, people can print a hard copy to present when entering designated businesses and events.

​Verifying out-of-province proof of vaccination

You may have people who aren't from B.C. accessing your events, services and businesses. They must follow the same requirements and provide proof of vaccination and ID. Follow the same two steps, verify proof of vaccination and review ID for a name match.  

People from other provinces or territories must show:

  1. Provincial/territorial officially recognized vaccine record
  2. Valid government photo ID

International visitors must show:

  1. Proof of vaccination they used to enter Canada
  2. Valid government-issued photo ID (like a driver’s licence or passport)

For more details, visit the Government of British Columbia website.


Submit your Special Offers! #LoveVancouver - FALL

Autumn is here and Destination Vancouver's #LoveVancouver theme is about to launch Fall in #LoveVancouver, and we want you to be involved!  The fall campaign will not only be promoted to domestic BC, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec audiences, but will also expand into Washington State, with aligned support from Destination BC and their city-focused promotion called Head North.

We invite our attraction, event, sport, hotel, culinary, wellness, retail and arts & culture members to share special offers for this promotion, by emailing our Marketing Specialist.

If you have Thanksgiving-themed or Halloween specific product or experiences, please send that information as well.

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

Business Development Opportunity with BCIT Sustainable Business Leadership Program

Looking to start or dig deeper into an impact/purpose/sustainable business initiative? BCIT’s Sustainable Business Consulting Project courses are now accepting project applications from businesses and organizations. Take advantage of this low-risk approach to your impact/purpose/sustainability project and get access to potentially viable solutions by skilled and driven students under the guidance of their faculty advisor.

Questions about this opportunity? Reach out to program head Tessa Jordan

Project Timeline: applications accepted until mid-November, projects selected and assigned by early December, project development January-March, and project delivery April-June.


The Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC) is seeking nominations for its Board of Directors.  

For the 2021-2023 term, TIABC is seeking a total of five (5) candidates:

  • From the DMO category, one (1) director is required for a two-year term.
  • From the Sector Association category, two (2) directors are required for a two-year term.
  • From the Business Membership category, two (2) directors are required for a two-year term.

As per the bylaws, the Tourism Industry Association of BC requests that all nominations from members be received 45 days prior to the Annual General Meeting. All nominations for director positions therefore, must be received on or before October 1, 2021 by 5pm. 


The Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC) advocates on behalf of the 19,300+ tourism

businesses and 161,000 employees that work in every community and region of our province for the interests of British Columbia’s $22 billion+ visitor economy (2019). As a not-for-profit tourism industry association, TIABC works collaboratively with its members – private sector tourism businesses, industry associations and destination marketing organizations – to ensure the best working environment for a competitive tourism industry. 

For more information and to receive a copy of the Nomination Form, Please contact Deborah Kulchiski (Manager, Special Projects, TIABC) at


National & Provincial Resident Sentiment

BC resident’s sentiment towards travelling domestically has improved in recent weeks, with 86% comfortable travelling to nearby communities and 71% comfortable travelling to other communities within the Province. Outside of BC, 66% of residents from Alberta are comfortable with inter-provincial travel, followed by 59% of residents from Ontario and 57% of residents from Quebec.

In terms of welcoming visitors, although the majority of BC residents continue to welcome visitors from within the province, the proportion of BC residents welcoming visitors from other parts of Canada (outside BC) has dropped to below 50% for the last several weeks now. BC resident sentiment towards welcoming visitors from the US and other international countries continues to be relatively low (at 24% and 22% respectively).

Resident Sentiment Full Document

LEGER Pandemic Tracker


Vancouver's Meetings and Convention’s Newest Big Bid Win: World Congress of Anaesthesiology 2028

Through the joint efforts of the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society (CAS), Destination Vancouver and the Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver has been selected to host the distinguished World Congress of Anaesthesiology in 2028!

This annual conference is a significant win for the city as it will bring together 9,000 anaesthesia and perioperative care providers from 130+ countries to Vancouver. The World Congress of Anaesthesiology is an extraordinary opportunity for the promotion of science, education, training, networking, and the exchange of experience across the spectrum of anaesthesiology. The work that the members do to advance the field of anesthesia will leave a long legacy in the city.  

The bid process was especially involved, and the final submission included a 15-minute bid video presentation and a 45-minute final Q&A virtual presentation to the selection committee.  With the support of two key members of the Canadian Anesthesiology Society, Dr. Daniel Bainbridge and Dr. Hilary Grocott, Destination Vancouver and the Vancouver Convention Centre produced an incredible presentation that was crucial to the success of the bid. The video showcased the awe-inspiring reasons why Vancouver would be the perfect destination for the Congress to host their meeting in 2028.

Destination Vancouver and the Vancouver Convention Centre are proud to have worked with Dr. Daniel Bainbridge, Dr. Hilary Grocott, the executive team at the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society and local PCO International Conference Services to bring this important meeting to Vancouver.


We Are Hiring!

We are delighted to add to our team with the new position of, Director, Communications & Stakeholder Engagement. This is a regular full-time position. This position is ideal for a senior level professional who is highly curious, driven to achieve meaningful results, and thrives in finding new ways to do things and share new ideas and experiences. This dynamic leader will be passionate about our industry, our team, our culture and about Vancouver!

Please apply with resume and cover letter by Friday, October 29, 2021.

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.

View All Open Positions



20 Amazing Things to Do in Vancouver, BC

The complete guide to the best things to do in Vancouver, Canada!


Explore the Different Regions of Canada

Vancouver, a bustling west coast seaport in British Columbia. A popular filming location, it’s surrounded by mountains, and also has thriving art, theatre and music scenes.


Go to BC to Embrace Amazing Summer Experiences

In Vancouver, you can admire beautiful scenery and have various experiences. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and Stanley Park are recommended.

Shangri-La Vancouver launches Ice Caves Heli Adventure

Shangri-La Vancouver and Head-Line Mountain Holidays have launched Ice Caves Heli Adventure.


Discover Canada's Best Fall Festivals

That slight chill in the air signals that fall has arrived in Canada. There’s no better way to celebrate the season then will some of Canada’s best fall festivals. 


Your Guide to Western Canada

World Heritage-listed national parks full of wild animals like grizzly bears, a coastline teeming with orcase and cities and mountain towns with the world's best bars, green parks and sun-drenched al fresco dining.  It's easy to see why western Canada is one of the world's great travel destinations.


Discover Canada's Best Fall Festivals

That slight chill in the air signals that fall has arrived in Canada. There’s no better way to celebrate the season then will some of Canada’s best fall festivals. 

JFL Northwest is Back in Vancouver with Trevor Noah Kicking off the Festival in February 2022

FL NorthWest, in association with SiriusXM, Vancouver’s premium comedy festival is ecstatic to return this winter, taking over the city of Vancouver from February 17 through 26, 2022.

14 Vancouver Pumpkin Patches to Visit in Fall 2021

There’s no better way to celebrate autumn than picking out a pumpkin at one of Vancouver’s pumpkin patches.

21st Annual Chutzpah! Festival Lineup Announced

The Chutzpah! Festival returns with an exciting and dynamic lineup of performances this November 4-24, 2021, presenting music, theatre, comedy, and dance that reflects the joy of coming back together.

BC Indigenous-Run Cultural Centres: Sharing Stories and Strengthening Community

September 30 marks two very important Days for Indigenous peoples in Canada: Orange Shirt Day, which raises awareness about the history and ongoing legacy of residential schools, and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a new federal statutory holiday that invites reflection and the honouring of survivors of residential school.

Take a Self-Guided Port Moody Brewery Tour

Did you know that the Vancouver area is home to several dozen craft breweries? Head to Murray Street in Port Moody to visit the Brewer’s Row area. Yellow Dog Brewing Co. opened their tasting room here in 2014 and since then the region has developed into a craft beer mecca.



Destination Vancouver is excited for the return (after a one-year hiatus) of this classic! An afternoon of holiday cheer and Christmas spirit! Live entertainment, Santa & Mrs. Claus and a turkey luncheon with all the trimmings at the grand Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.


This event will proceed in either Phase 3 or Phase 4 of the BC Restart Plan.  Tickets will go on sale soon and will be available in full tables of eight (8) guests, or individual tickets. COST: Individual Guest: $85.00 plus GST.  Table of Eight (8): $680 plus GST.

We can't wait to see you again!


The Annual Coffee Cup Revolution

October 7 | 11:30am - 1:30pm |Oppenheimer Park

While the coffee cup depot is underway, The Binners Project is hosting three roundtable discussions. Each roundtable has a specific discussion topic and a dedicated facilitation team comprised of a binner and recognized subject-matter expert.

Meetings & Conventions – Generating Business in Today's World


AMC's Re-Engage
October 4-6 | In-Person | Louisville, KY
This event usually meets prior to ASAE’s Annual Meeting. The group has opted to meet in-person this year. Program is geared towards the AMCI staff and not the AMCI owners. Whether one is on the leadership team of an experienced association management company, a new owner navigating the first few years, or an emerging leader looking to advance their career, they are encouraged to attend Re-Engaged where the sessions explore issues and opportunities AMCs are facing and will face in a post-COVID world. Jackie Kavcak will be attending on behalf of Destination Vancouver.

PCMA Capital Chapter – Horizons: workplace Innovation in Ever Changing Waters
October 14 | Hybrid | Washington DC Region
This is event is an MTV (Montreal, Toronto & Vancouver) joint sponsorship. All day in person event will focus on the return to the workplace - Where people work and how well they work (remotely or together) is just the tip of the iceberg “as we navigate the yet-uncharted waters”. How would you prefer to be sailing into 2022? Let’s start the new journey across the waters by fostering an innovative workplace. When leadership cultivates the intelligence, skills, and passion of everyone in the organization, everybody creates, everybody is connected, and everybody contributes. Jackie Kavcak will be attending on behalf of Destination Vancouver.

Canadian Meetings & Events EXPO (CMEE)
October 19-20 | In-Person | Toronto, Ontario
This will be the first and only Meetings & Events tradeshow in Toronto this year. This annual event features Corporate and Association clients from the Greater Toronto area in addition to Montreal and Ottawa. Suppliers are destinations, hotels, venues, tech companies, décor and more. CMEE will be providing industry focused education. Destination Vancouver will be exhibiting. Michael Drake and Miehlle Taylor will be attending on behalf of Destination Vancouver.

SITE Canada Education Day
October 27 | In-Person | Toronto, ON
The SITE Canada annual education day is the first live event for SITE Canada since the pandemic started. This full day event attracts the top clients and agencies working in the Canadian incentive industry. It is always a fantastic day of networking and education. Destination Vancouver is the Title sponsor of SITE Canada’s education day. Michael Drake will be attending on behalf of Destination Vancouver.


IMEX America
November 9-11 | In-Person | Las Vegas, NV
Learn, network, connect with the global meetings industry over four fabulous days in Vegas. Inspirational exhibitors, fresh ideas from experts and innovators, countless networking opportunities—this is where you need to be. IMEX America provides the opportunity to do business with 3,500-plus destinations, venues, and suppliers from 155 countries under one roof. Vancouver will be exhibiting in booth D-1606. Owen Chiu, Jackie Kavcak & Royce Chwin will be attending on behalf of Destination Vancouver.

CSAE 2021: Community
November 9-11 | Virtual
Canadian Society of Association Executives National Conference. Connect and learn with your professional community. Harnessing the power of community is the focus of this year’s CSAE conference. The National Conference will include keynotes, workshops, educational sessions, think tanks and  virtual networking opportunities.Destination Vancouver is a sponsor.  Michelle Taylor will be attending on behalf of Destination Vancouver. 

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