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November 24, 2021

Destination Vancouver
Destination Vancouver

#CanyonLights @ Capilano Suspension Bridge.


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:

  • Destination BC has prepared a “Special Edition: Emergency Response to the BC Storm Messaging Guidance” which outlines key messaging, information, and resources for BC’s tourism industry. Messaging will be updated as the situation evolves.
  • Effective November 30, 2021, fully vaccinated individuals with right of entry to Canada who depart and re-enter the country within 72 hours of leaving Canada will not have to present a pre-entry molecular test. This exemption is only for trips originating in Canada taken by fully vaccinated Canadian citizens, permanent residents or individuals registered under the Indian Act.
  • Today, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, introduced Bill C-2 in Parliament to implement targeted COVID-19 support. This bill would:
    • Extend the Canada Recovery Hiring Program until May 7, 2022.
    • Deliver targeted support to businesses still facing significant pandemic-related challenges. Support would be available through three streams:
    • Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program, which would provide support through wage and rent subsidies to, for example, hotels, tour operators, travel agencies, and restaurants, with a subsidy rate of up to 75%.
    • Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program, which would provide support through wage and rent subsidies to other businesses that have faced deep losses, with a subsidy rate of up to 50%.
    • Local Lockdown Program, which would provide businesses that face temporary new local lockdowns up to the maximum amount available through the wage and rent subsidy programs.
      List of Elligible Businesses


Submit your Special Offers for #LoveVancouver – WINTER & HOLIDAY

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, event, sport, hotel, culinary, wellness, and arts & culture members to share new or updated special offers for this promotion, by emailing our Marketing Specialist. These are featured among the campaign landing pages of Special Offers on Hotels, Attractions and Shopping.

When submitting a new or updated offer, please provide:

  • Offer name
  • One-sentence offer description
  • Photo
  • URL
  • Offer expiration date (if applicable)

If you have Winter-themed or Holiday and Christmas-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).


ITBC "Spark" Mentorships & Grants Program

ITBC has launched the Indigenous Tourism BC “Spark” Mentorships & Grants Program with the goal to “spark” new Indigenous tourism ideas and initiatives in British Columbia. Presented by Destination BC in collaboration with Indigenous Tourism BC, and the Tourism Innovation Lab, the program matches selected applicants with a tourism mentor and provides a $5,000 seed grant to help develop new Indigenous tourism ideas.

If you have anyone in your network who might be eligible please share and send them to

Chinatown Memorial Redesign

The City of Vancouver is undertaking a redesign of Chinatown Memorial Square, located at the corner of Keefer Street and Columbia Street, in order to create a space that better serves the community. This project is currently in the planning phase with conceptual design anticipated to begin in early 2022. A preferred concept design option is to be completed by summer 2023, with detailed design and implementation to follow.

This project is an important part of Chinatown's living heritage. The city of Vancouver wants to improve Chinatown Memorial Square as an accessible public space while developing a design that enhances its culture and history.

Figure 1 - Changes to Keefer street being considered

View the Presentation Boards

Please share your ideas with the planning team before November 29, 2021.  We are encouraging members who are potentially impacted to do so too.

Ways to get involved:

  • Take the survey
  • Email the City of Vancouver with your comments at
  • Leave a voicemail to add your thoughts, request a paper copy of the survey or have someone from the city call you back at 604-829-9416.

OPUS Vancouver Re-Opens, and Welcomes General Manager Sarah Vallely

The style, sparkle and fun of Yaletown’s signature hotel experience is back in the neighbourhood, as OPUS Vancouver reopens with new General Manager Sarah Vallely at the helm. “From the moment I walked through the front door, I fell in love with both the hotel and the brand,” says Vallely, who joined OPUS Vancouver in 2017 as Director of Sales following a decade working with Four Season Hotels & Resorts, and is now delighted to be assuming the role of General Manager.


Membership Dues Waived for 2022

At Destination Vancouver, we believe that we can transform our communities and our visitors through the power of travel. It’s only with your partnership that we can do so, and we are grateful that you continue to choose to be a member.

As shared with you at our 118th Annual General Meeting in June, Destination Vancouver will be waiving membership dues for existing members for 2022.

If you have any questions related to this, please connect directly with Lucas Pavan, Manager, Membership

Join Our Team!

Are you, or is someone you know, looking for a career at 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.

View Open Positions


The Globe & Mail

Black Friday Travel Deals for Trips Now or in the New Year

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are traditionally some of the best times to book travel. The deals available are incredible, and the travel dates are flexible.


Vancouver's Chinatown Enjoying Quiet Renaissance

In the not-so-distant past, a strip of neon signs signalling bustling nightlife, coupled with the aromatic scent of roast pork, star anise and ginger lured visitors into Vancouver’s Chinatown, eager to experience its tastes, sights and sounds.

Vancouver Sun

Epic Canadian Winter Destinations for Every Kind of Traveller

For decades, Canadians have jet-set to sandy beaches during winter, escaping the season’s legendary cold. COVID-19 put a wrench in that routine, forcing people across the country to look for paradise in their own backyards.

NEXT: New Dance in Development

DanceHouse and 149 Arts Society, with support from the National Arts Centre (NAC), have come together to envision a project in direct support of the dance community. On December 15, 2021, that vision will be presented virtually as NEXT: New Dance in Development – a residency and live stream sharing of works in progress from five emerging Canadian choreographers.

4 Places to Ice Skate Outdoors Around Vancouver in Winter 2021/22

Vancouver’s mild winters mean that it doesn’t usually get cold enough to skate on frozen ponds. However, thanks to modern technology, you can still skate outdoors on hand-built rinks.

St. Paul’s Foundation Celebrates Return of Beloved Lights of Hope Holiday Display

St. Paul’s Foundation’s Lights of Hope display at St. Paul’s Hospital will shine bright every night throughout the holiday season.

7 Things To Do at Iona Beach Regional Park

Did you know you can escape to nature right next to Vancouver International Airport? Check out Iona Beach Regional Park for biking, hiking, bird watching, incredible views of the ocean, and lots more.

Two Vancouver Hotels Exemplify an Inspiring Commitment to Sustainability

On the rooftop of the Fairmont Waterfront (900 Pacific Place), you’ll find the loveliest of rooftop gardens, complete with a vegetable and herb garden, apple trees, and bee hives that produce hundreds of pounds of honey each year.

Vancouver Artist David Wilson turns ‘Day Into Night’ for Eastside Culture Crawlers

When the Parker Street Studios open their doors to the public November 18-21, visitors will get a first look at Day Into Night, the latest collection from artist David Wilson and his most recent meditation on time and place.

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Exhibition Opens November 19 in Vancouver

It’s one of the greatest triumphs of human genius, and it’s coming to Vancouver.


You're Invited!

Destination Promotion Updates & Direction for 2022
Thursday, December 2, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am | Webinar

Please join the Destination Vancouver team on December 2nd  for a live webinar.
Webinar Agenda:
• Year-end highlights and key learnings from 2021 Marketing programs 
• Updates on Destination Vancouver's 2022 priority markets and objectives 
• Cruise season update
• Important Destination Vancouver resources and alignment opportunities for partners
• Candice Gibson, Destination Vancouver Team Member, Manager, Marketing
• Krista Alcazar, Destination Vancouver Team Member, Manager, International Markets

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Reminder!  Annual Christmas Luncheon - Guest Names due December 1!

This event is SOLD OUT!  A friendly reminder to members who purchased full tables to please submit the names of your table guests before December 1st.  Also, if you or your guests have dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan etc) please indicate those by this date too.  Unfortunately, any wait-listed names will most likely not be accommodated.

All guests MUST show their Vaccine Pass AND Photo ID to attend.  No exceptions.  All guests in the hotel must also wear a mask at all times except when eating or drinking.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Meetings & Conventions – Generating Business in Today's World


IBTM World
November 30 – December 2, 2021
In-person, Barcelona, Spain
IBTM World is the leading global event for the meetings, incentives, conferences and events industry. The event has one goal; to inspire the events world to deliver exceptional experiences for their customers.  They bring together the global meetings industry, build face to face connections, gain key industry insight and engage in networking opportunities over the three days. Michael Drake and Michelle Taylor will be attending on behalf of Destination Vancouver.


BestCities Global Forum
December 2-5, 2021
In-person, Madrid, Spain
The BestCities Global Alliance is gathering industry thought-leaders, international associations and partner destinations under one roof in Madrid. The Global Forum promises an opportunity for delegates to learn about inclusive meeting and event design, drawing insight from projects delivered on the ground in Madrid. Michael Drake and Michelle Taylor will be attending on behalf of Destination Vancouver.

Association Forum – Holiday Showcase
December 13-14, 2021
In-Person, Chicago, IL 
Holiday Showcase is live and in-person—and better than ever! Association Forum is delighted to partner with the Hilton Chicago to welcome attendees and exhibitors back to the premier event for the association community. Lacy Hawley will be attending on behalf of Destination Vancouver.

Destination Canada

Destination Canada Xpo
November 23, 2021 | Virtual 
Destination Canada is running a virtual event for Canadian partners to connect with travel advisors in the United Kingdom, Germany and France. Destination Vancouver has a virtual booth at the event where travel advisors can engage with Vancouver content and resources as well as chat with a Destination Vancouver representative to ask questions. There will be a contest with prizes for the travel advisors that engage with the most content during the event and a preview of the new Canada Specialist Program will be provided. There are 34 Canadian partners across Canada participating and over 600 travel advisors registered for the event.
Krista Alcazar will be representing Destination Vancouver during the event. 

Downtown Vancouver BIA

Futurepreneur Canada Mentorship Program
November 30, 2:00Pm - 3:00PM | Webinar
The Downtown Vancouver BIA invites you to join a digital evening of inspiration and storytelling with our event partners, Futurpreneur Canada, on Tuesday, November 30th at 2 PM PST. During this 60-minute online session, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from four volunteer mentors about their experience working with young entrepreneurs and start-ups and discover the benefits that mentoring can bring to you and your business. 


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