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October 20, 2021

Destination Vancouver
Destination Vancouver

Credit: Destination BC/@vancitywild


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:

  • On October 25th, 2021, the provincial health officer order restricting capacity limits to 50% for inside organized events and gatherings will be revised to allow 100% capacity in those settings where the BC Vaccine Card is in place and proof of vaccination status is checked.

       These changes apply to:

  •  indoor sporting events (e.g. hockey or basketball games)
  • indoor concerts, theatre, movie theatres, dance and symphony events
  • indoor organized events: examples are weddings, funeral receptions (outside of a funeral home) and organized parties.

Your Support is Still Needed

As part of the Coalition of Hardest Hit Businesses, we are asking that a new, tailored wage and fixed cost support program be established at the earliest opportunity for Canada's hardest hit businesses to ensure their survival into the fall and winter. Without specific support designed for our industry, our hardest hit businesses will be at risk. We need to ensure that this stays top of mind for government. Have your voice heard and send a pre-populated letter to your local MP.

Send a Letter to your MP


Submit your Special Offers for Winter and Holiday! #LoveVancouver – FALL & WINTER

Winter is around the corner, and we want you to be involved in Destination Vancouver's #LoveVancouver holiday theme!

The winter campaign will continue promoting Vancouver to domestic BC, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec audiences, as well as into Washington State, in alignment with Destination BC and their city-focused promotion called Head North.

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

If you have Winter-themed or Holiday and Christmas-specific product or experiences, please send that information as well. Please continue to submit Fall-themed product and experiences.

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


BSAFE New Proof of Vaccination Module

BSAFE™, an online COVID-19 health and safety training program developed specifically for the BC tourism and hospitality industry, has been updated!
BSAFE is designed to ensure foundational health and safety knowledge for BC’s tourism and hospitality businesses to keep everyone — workers, guests and communities — safe as we continue to move through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Course details:
Free for BC tourism and hospitality employers and employees
• Created by go2HR in partnership with tourism and hospitality stakeholders and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sports
• Asynchronous, online training course, 90-minutes in length
What You’ll Learn:
BSAFE is comprised of 6 modules that cover a variety of topics to give you a foundational understanding of COVID-19 health and safety protocols as well as tips on handling non-compliance. 
• Module 1 Understanding the Legal Context for COVID-19
• Module 2 Keep Yourself and Others Safe
• Module 3 Keeping Records
• Module 4 Communicating Effectively with Your Team and Guests
• Module 5 Responding to Challenging Interactions (scenarios)
• Module 6 BC Proof of Vaccination Protocols
Organizations and individuals are able to sign up to take part in the BSAFE training. You can join the over 400 organizations who are already registered and working on becoming BSAFE Trained businesses. Upon full completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate of achievement. Employers who have 75% of their workforce successfully complete the training course, will be recognized with a “BSAFE Trained” certificate. They can use this certificate in different ways to demonstrate their commitment to providing a safe environment for guests and workers, thereby increasing consumer confidence. go2HR will provide a communications toolkit for BSAFE Trained business to easily assist them in promoting this new designation.

Learn More

Propel Student Work Placement Program: Up to $7500 Wage Subsidy Available

Tourism HR Canada has launched a new subsidy program for the tourism industry.  Called Propel, the program offers Canadian tourism employers a wage subsidy of up to 75% of a qualifying student's wages, to a maximum of $7,500, in an effort to help bridge the gap between progressive employers looking to nurture talent and develop skills, and students who are looking to gain real life experience. 

Funded by the Government of Canada through the Student Work Placement Program, Propel offers registered Canadian businesses, startups and not-for-profits related to the tourism and hospitality sector a wage subsidy of up to 75 per cent of a qualifying student’s wages, to a maximum of $7,500. Students enrolled at a recognized post-secondary institution can apply for a paid position to fulfil the co-op or internship component of their program. The position being covered must be a work-integrated learning opportunity for a post-secondary student but can be accessed by businesses that cover all facets of the visitor economy: accommodations, food and beverage services, culinary, recreation, entertainment, culture, events, transportation, travel services, and more.
Businesses: Registered Canadian businesses, startups and not-for-profits organizations related to the tourism and hospitality sector.
Students: Any student working in the tourism and hospitality industry, but does not necessarily need to be studying tourism or hospitality.
Sample criteria to qualify (visit for full list)
• Full or part-time work-integrated learning
• A minimum of 20 hours a week; minimum of 4 weeks
• Not funded by other federal grants
• With a tourism/hospitality employer and/or related to a tourism/hospitality job function
• Students cannot be replacing a displaced worker or filling a role left vacant due to a labour dispute
Employers acquire much-needed early talent to help with the recovery of the industry, as well as assistance with wages after an 18-month stretch of little or no income.

Learn More


Destination Vancouver launches new video campaign to inspire Canadian and US visitors to #LoveVancouver

As travel gets easier for Canadians and Americans, Destination Vancouver has launched a new video campaign to reconnect visitors with the energetic vibrancy of Vancouver. Showcasing the transformational experiences Vancouver has to offer; the video is designed to instill optimism and invite visitors near and far to #Love Vancouver. Highlighting the depth and breadth of unique experiences the city has to offer, viewers will spot iconic Vancouver sights and tastes like the Stanley Park Seawall, exceptional Indigenous art exhibits at the Museum of Anthropology, epic views from Capilano Suspension Bridge, spectacular aerials from a Harbour Air flight, delicious Aburi sushi and paddleboarders striking a yoga pose or two. The video will be released across digital video channels and Connected TV in Canada and Washington State starting late October, and will run until spring 2022.

Watch the Video


Montreal Gazette

Hotel Intel: Versante scales the heights of hospitality in Richmond, BC.

The hotel opened this summer, 20 minutes by car from downtown Vancouver and three kilometres from Vancouver International Airport. Syndicated to: National Post, Vancouver Sun, Calgary Sun, Edmonton Sun, Ottawa Sun

Adventure Awaits

9 Fun Fall Family Day Trips Around Vancouver To Embrace the Changing Seasons

From wading through cranberries in historic Fort Langley to hiking up Minnekhada to check out the changing views in the valley, to heading to VanDusen Gardens to watch the changing foliage, you bring the family and choose your best place for an autumn adventure! 

Christmas on stage is back in Metro Vancouver

Live shows are the best part of the festive season for many of us. From uplifting plays to sparkling pantos and from toe-tapping concerts to velvet-voiced choirs, in-person performances can add an extra layer of chestnut-warming fun to anyone’s holiday plans.

7 Things To Do in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve

North Vancouver’s Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve protects the forest and streams of the lower Seymour River Valley, one of Vancouver’s drinking water sources. Explore over 65 kilometres of trails through the rainforest and beside the river or head to easily accessible Rice Lake, a favourite with families. Use this guide to help you plan your trip to the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve.

The Vancouver Christmas Market Returns with an Expanded Season

After a one-year hiatus, the Vancouver Christmas Market is delighted to return to its seaside home at Jack Poole Plaza (downtown at the Olympic Cauldron). Vancouver’s largest and longest-running Christmas Market – and only European Christmas Market – invites families and friends to reconnect and celebrate the spirit of the holiday season with an expanded six-week schedule from November 13th to December 24th.


Don't Miss Out on the Return of this Annual Favourite!

Tickets Now Available!

Destination Vancouver is proud to once again host our partners and friends at the grand Fairmont Hotel Vancouver for an opportunity to reconnect and an afternoon of Holiday cheer complete with Santa & Mrs Claus' cocktail reception, live entertainment, and a turkey luncheon with all the trimmings. Individual tickets are $85.00 plus GST.  Tables of Eight are $680.00 plus GST.  All guests must be vaccinated and show proof of vaccination in order to attend.

A 'unique-to-you' invitation was emailed to you directly, so please check your inbox for your special registration link.  If you cannot find your invite, please connect with us directly to have it resent.

Meetings & Conventions – Generating Business in Today's World

SITE Canada Education Day
October 27, 2021
In-Person, Toronto, Ontario
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.  Destination Vancouver is the Title sponsor of SITE Canada’s education day. Michael Drake will be attending on behalf of Destination Vancouver.


PCMA Greater Midwest Chapter – Annual Signature Event 
November 3, 2021
In-Person, Chicago, IL
This event brings together PCMA GMC members for their annual signature event & business meeting. MTV (Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver) are signature sponsors. Lacy Hawley will be attending on behalf of Destination Vancouver.

IMEX America 
November 9 – 11, 2021 
In-Person, Las Vegas, NV 
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, 2021
The Canadian Society of Asociation Executives 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.

FICP Annual Conference 
November 14 – 17, 2021 
In-Person, Phoenix, AZ 
Join FICP for an incredible learning and networking experience at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona. You will leave Phoenix with the tools, resources and renewed creativity to execute flawless meetings and events in the future. Lacy Hawley will be attending on behalf of Destination Vancouver.

Destination Canada Business Events Advisory Committee
November 24-25, 2021 
In-Person, Toronto 
Destination Vancouver is an active member of this national Committee providing valuable direction, guidance and industry perspective in order to help inform Destination Canada leadership. The Business Events team within Destination Canada has done a tremendous job demonstrating relevance, support and value over the past 18 very challenging months. The Committee has remained very active since the pandemic began. This will be the first live, in-person meeting since March of 2020. Dave Gazley represents Vancouver on the Committee.


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