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October 27, 2021

Destination Vancouver
Imagine Picasso Exhibit

Imagine Picasso - The Immersive Exhibition opens today!  In celebration of Pablo Picasso's birthday on October 26th, Destination Vancouver members are invited to a 15% offer on tickets.  This offer is available today only. Click on the image to purchase tickets.


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:

  • Finance minister Chrystia Freeland announced that as of October 23rd, new measures will be in put place to replace the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy. The new Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program will provide help through a wage and rent subsidy programs for hotels, tour operators, travel agencies and restaurants with a subsidy rate of up to 75 per cent. Hard-hit organizations that do not qualify for the Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program but have been deeply affected by the pandemic will qualify for the new Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program.
  • Destination BC’s Proof of Vaccination Messaging Guide and industry FAQs have been updated to include information on full vaccination requirements and venue capacity limits.
View DBC's Messaging Guide
  • Canada will have a standardized vaccine passport which will be available starting October 30th. Marielle Tounsi, public affairs officer with the Ministry of Health, said B.C. will maintain the provincial vaccine card for non-essential activities, such as restaurants and sports games, while also offering the new federal proof-of-vaccination card for those who need it to travel.
  • This week, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced COVID-18 booster shots would be made available to all British Columbians by May 2022. Dr. Bonnie’s announcement won't affect vaccine cards -- two doses of any combination of COVID-19 vaccine will mean an individual is fully vaccinated.
  • Prime Minister Trudeau unveiled his new cabinet on October 26th. Edmonton Centre MP, Randy Boissonnault is the new federal Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance


Member Stories Request

Destination Canada is looking for specific content angles listed below for short and long lead pitches to support domestic, US and Global in-market teams. Destination Vancouver will be attending Travel Classics in November to share stories from Vancouver with travel editors and writers.  Along with the Destination Canada story angles below, please send any press releases and your organization's newsworthy updates by Tuesday, November 2nd  to Sabrina Tey, Manager Communications,


New products or experiences that opened after August 2021, or upcoming openings in 2022

  • Special interest in new and majorly renovated hotels, resorts and destination spas
  • Any significant anniversaries or milestones for 2022. 



  • New or upcoming sustainable architecture projects or announcements

Arts & Culture: 

  • Hotels as the new art galleries. Does your hotel have curated art collections?
  • New or notable in-person museum exhibits this winter


International Day of Women (March 2022):

  • Names of women in tourism, or they can be innovators, leaders, athletes, community builders, etc. who are creating economic, social, cultural and environmental benefits.

go2HR - BSAFE Training Update

go2HR is excited to announce that BSAFE™, our COVID-19 health and safety training course, has been updated to reflect the BC Proof of Vaccination protocol. Course updates include important information about how to verify vaccination status and a special section regarding handling challenging customer interaction.

With the province continuing to alter protocols, restrictions, and recommendations for BC businesses as we work through the restart steps, go2HR wants to ensure that tourism and hospitality workers and businesses across the province feel supported and ready for all changes that come their way. go2HR is excited to continue to deliver current and valuable health & safety content to businesses in an accessible way, as we move through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Quick BSAFE Facts:

  • 450+ organizations and 5300+ participants have already registered for BSAFE and are on their way to becoming BSAFE Trained
  • Free for all BC tourism and hospitality employers and employees
  • Created by go2HR in partnership with tourism and hospitality stakeholders, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport, and Destination BC
  • Asynchronous, online training course, 90-minutes in length

For more information please email Judy Frankel, Communications Manager

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. Do please continue to submit Fall-themed product and experiences, as well.

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


Air Canada Offers Industry's Most Comprehensive Covid-19 Travel Testing Options

Air Canada recently announced the introduction of new testing products, including portable self-administered COVID-19 molecular and antigen test kits, through a partnership with Switch Health, a Canadian-based healthcare company. Using the Switch Health COVID-19 RT-LAMP Kit, customers can test themselves while travelling abroad prior to their flight to Canada to meet Government of Canada testing entry requirements without the need to visit a foreign COVID-19 testing clinic. These tests are conducted under the remote supervision of a Tele-health professional from Switch Health and include an electronic report suitable for travel.

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FlyOver Canada Two-For-One Offer to The Real Wild West

FlyOver Canada invites Destination Vancouver members to take your FlyOver visit to the next level. A much higher level!  Join us for an exclusive screening of our newest film, The Real Wild West held at The Flying Whale Waterfront Cafe, this event features cocktails, appetizers and a private screening of our highly anticipated new film that takes riders across the United States’ wild west.

Cocktails & Canapes - The Real Wild West | November 5 & 6

Adult Tickets are $70.  To secure your exclusive Destination Vancouver Member 2 For 1 Offer, Contact Blair Hirtle to purchase tickets.


Destination Vancouver attends Canadian Meetings & Events Expo

Destination Vancouver along with 5 member partners attended the first and only meetings & events tradeshow in Toronto this year.  The Canadian Meetings & Events Expo was held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre October 19 & 20.  Destination Vancouver saw over 80 clients flow through the Vancouver booth representing associations, insurance, financial, sport, third party and association management companies.   This annual event featured clients from the Greater Toronto Area in addition to Montreal and Ottawa.

With health protocols in place, including masks and proof of vaccination, all the attendees were still very excited to be connecting in person.  Several trends noted were optimism for in-person meetings beginning in 2022. The delay in lifting of restrictive corporate business travel, and the return to office is impacting the planning of live events. Either for corporate meetings or the attendance at conferences. Uncertainty in travel health protocols and vaccine requirements is also of concern, which is keeping Canadian corporate incentive programs in Canada.  Everyone left enthusiastic for the next in-person event and had positive things to say with Vancouver’s handling of the health pandemic.


Are you looking for a career in a destination management and destination promotion organization? Destination Vancouver wants to meet dynamic, ambitious, collaborative and fun individuals to join our high performing team. We are committed to fostering an environment that is diverse and inclusive of people from all backgrounds, passions and interests and we invite applications from all qualified candidates. We are dedicated to providing an atmosphere free from barriers in order to promote diversity, equity and inclusion. Consistent with our values, we celebrate and welcome the diversity of all Team Members, volunteers, stakeholders, members, external contractors and partners.



Domestic Publisher Partnerships (in Partnership with Destination Canada)

Globe & Mail

50 Ways to Experience Canadian Cities Like You Never Have

As Western Canada’s most populous city, Vancouver has long been a top travel destination for sophisticated dining, mountain air and stunning views.

La Presse

What To Do In Canadian Cities En Deux Temps

Focus is on highlighting what to do in Toronto, Saint John and Vancouver by day and by night.

Travel Awaits

10 Delicious Foods to Try on Vancouver's Granville Island

9 Best Places I Visited During My First Trip Back To Canada

What it's Like To Travel In British Columbia Right Now

Take a Self-Guided Langley Brewery Bike Tour

If you’re into craft beer, don’t miss the cluster of craft breweries in Langley. Use our step-by-step guide to spend an afternoon biking (or driving) between tasting rooms. The 12 kilometre route visits six different breweries in Langley.

Winterlust Dome Dining Experience Returns to H Tasting Lounge on October 28

Winterlust, the beloved seasonal ‘dome dining’ experience at H Tasting Lounge (HTL), returns for the winter season on October 28.

Coastal Jazz & Blues Society Announces IronFest: A Fall Jazz Concert Series

Coastal Jazz & Blues Society is thrilled to present IronFest: A Fall Jazz Concert Series from Thursday, November 18 to Saturday, November 20, 2021 at The Ironworks (235 Alexander Street).

The Firehall Arts Centre Presents as Part of the 2021 DTES Heart of the City Festival Openings: A Cultural Sharing

The Firehall Arts Centre, in partnership with Vancouver Moving Theatre, is thrilled to produce and present, as part of the 2021 DTES Heart of the City Festival, Openings: A Cultural Sharing from Wednesday, November 3 to Saturday, November 6, 2021.

Reconnect with 25% Off Vancouver Fall Experiences

The autumn air just hits different. That unbelievable summer heatwave is long behind us, and it’s time to get out into the refreshing weather. To ring in the season of sweaters and mulled cider, TransLink and Viator are once again offering more fantastic deals to celebrate.

Vancouver’s Rich Francophone Cultural Scene: Concerts, Theatre, Delicious Cuisine, and Much More

Pierre Rivard, Executive and Artistic Director of Le Centre culturel francophone de Vancouver, is eager to share francophone culture with everyone living in and visiting the city.

Best Vancouver Museums for Nature Lovers

Surrounded by mountains and ocean, Vancouver is a nature-focused city. This attitude is reflected in the city’s museums too. Crawl inside a replica beaver lodge at a science museum, marvel at a blue whale skeleton at a natural history museum, or enjoy nature-inspired paintings at an art gallery.


You're Invited! Webinar: Current Destination Performance and 2022 Market Outlook

Tuesday, November 16th | Webinar

Please join the Destination Vancouver team on November 16th for a live webinar.

Webinar Agenda:
• Update on YTD destination performance
• Key market factors and consumer trends including highlights from Destination Vancouver's Global Market Assessment Framework
• Current market outlook for 2022, including current bookings to date

Presenter: Eugene Chu, Destination Vancouver Team Member, Manager, Research & Business Analytics



2021 Annual Christmas Luncheon - Limited Tickets Available

Wednesday, December 15th | 11:00AM - 3:00PM | Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Destination Vancouver is excited to once again host our partners and friends in 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.

Your unique invitation was emailed to you directly, so please check your inbox for your unique registration link.  If you cannot find your invite, please connect with us directly.  THIS EVENT WILL SELL OUT!  Only a limited number of tickets remain available and wait-listed guests are not guaranteed attendance.

Meetings & Conventions – Generating Business in Today's World

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 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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