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December 1, 2021

Destination Vancouver
Destination Vancouver

Vancouver Christmas Market/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:

  • On November 30, Minister of Health, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, and the Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Public Safety, announced additional border measures to reduce the risk of the importation and transmission of COVID-19 and its variants in Canada related to international travel.

    In the coming days, all fully vaccinated travellers arriving by air from departure points other than the United States will be subject to arrival testing. Fully vaccinated travellers will be required to quarantine while they await the results of their arrival test.

    Effective today, foreign nationals who have been in any of these countries within the previous 14 days will not be permitted entry into Canada:
    Botswana, Egypt, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

Destination Vancouver will provide more details as they become available.

Read Press Release

Last week, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, tabled Bill C-2, an Act to provide further support in response to COVID-19 in the House of Commons which includes the Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program (THRP), among other proposed targeted programs in support of businesses still facing significant pandemic-related challenges. To help ensure the quick passage of Bill C-2 by Parliament, we are asking you to amplify key messages from the Coalition of Hardest Hit Businesses on your social channels to directly encourage all Members of Parliament to pass the Bill as quickly as possible.


  • Thank you @JustinTrudeau, @cafreeland, and @R_Boissonnault and all Members of Parliament for standing behind Canada’s tourism, hotel, and event businesses in their ridings and in the House. #HardestHit
  • The Coalition of #HardestHit Businesses applauds the government for their commitment to protecting tourism, hotels, and events businesses and the 2 million+ workers our sectors employ.
  • Thank you @JustinTrudeau and @cafreeland for hearing the concerns of Canada’s #HardestHit businesses and keeping your promise to take meaningful action to protect our sectors. We look forward to working with @R_Boissonnault to continue to create the conditions for a full sector recovery.


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, with 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).

Forum Series for Women Entrepreneurs in Tourism

The Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Tourism Region managed by Destination BC is collaborating with The Forum, a BC-based charity for self-identifying women entrepreneurs. The Women Entrepreneurs in Tourism is a program tailored specifically for women-led tourism businesses and entrepreneurs. The two-day virtual program will provide expertise and resources to support women in tourism, delivered by The Forum and other subject matters experts on January 13 and 20, 2022. This free, application-based program is designed for businesses who provide tourism-related products and services including: accommodation, activities and experiences, attractions, culinary experiences (winery, brewery, cidery etc.) and festivals and events. There will be a number of key note speakers and a series of smaller break out sessions on a range of topics such as operations, marketing, HR, and Leadership.

Learn More & Apply

'Shop the Line' with Translink

Our partners at TransLink are launching a holiday Shop-The-Line digital program to promote transit use when visiting local retailers and attractions this holiday season. TransLink is asking Destination Vancouver retail and attractions partners to consider creating special Compass Cardholder flash-your-pass discounts or bonus offers. The goal with the program is to reward Compass Cardholders for both shopping local and taking transit throughout the month of December. The Shop-The-Line program will feature holiday Compass Card offers on their Reconnect map on, feature the program in The Buzzer, as well share offers and holiday shopping trip ideas in social content and online contesting. Destination Vancouver will also share holiday Compass Card offers on the holiday shopping and transit pages on If you would like to participate in this program, please complete this offer form by December 6.

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Water & Sewer Rates to Increase in Vancouver

Forecasted annual sewer and water utility rate increases are also now posted (December 1, 2021 Council Reports):
By 2026, water rates are forecast to increase by 37%, and sewer rates are forecast to increase by 97% over today’s rates.

Fortunately for larger buildings that have cooling towers there are opportunities to apply for sewer credits for water that is evaporated in cooling towers and does not end up in the sewer.  By Design, a cooling tower evaporates water, and you may be eligible for reduced sewer utility charges.  Details on sewer credits (including a contact) can be found on the City of Vancouver Operating Permits webpage under “Cooling towers”

Water Features and Cooling Tower Regulations

As of January 1, 2022, all operating permits must be associated with someone holding the EOCP “Building Water System Operator” certification. This can be the equipment owner or a service provider. Get additional information from the Environmental Operators Certification Program External website, opens in new tab

Join a live Q&A session to learn more.

Register for and join a session about operating permits. Sessions begin at 12 noon on: December 2 and December 14.

More Details


Visitor Servicing Update

Over the last year our Visitor Centre located on the Plaza Level at 200 Burrard Street has been closed to walk-in visitors – one of many safety precautions implemented in response to COVID-19. Rather than just serve the public at our street-front location, throughout the pandemic Destination Vancouver has supported travellers to the city in a number of different ways including virtual visitor services, through online Live Chat, email, and phone calls.  

Destination Vancouver has been advised that the Visitor Centre space which we have been leasing, has been committed to a new tenant. As such, we have vacated the space and have officially closed our physical Visitor Centre. We will not be seeking to reopen a new physical location at this point in time and are considering next steps.  

To ensure seamless support to travellers, the Destination Vancouver team will continue to offer our virtual visitor servicing, which is currently available Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.  Our team intends to continue working with our wonderful Visitor Servicing Volunteers and Ambassadors. The Destination Vancouver team will be reaching out to members and industry partners for insights and suggestions. More details regarding the process of gathering stakeholder input will be available in the new year.

In the interim, we encourage you to send us any questions you may have to Lucas Pavan, Manager, Membership.

Destination Vancouver Client Event Dinner in Mexico, Hosted by Margarita Valle

On November 25, 2021, we hosted 22 industry professionals and 3 media representatives to join us at the beautiful Restaurante Treze con Z for an evening of delicious eats while learning about the winter holidays in Vancouver!

The holidays in Vancouver are magical- from the glittering light displays in the forest at Capilano Suspension Bridge to festive Christmas markets downtown by the water! As locals, we know and love this time of the year, but we wanted to share a bit more about the holidays for our industry leaders in Mexico.

Joining us for this dinner were directors from some of the top meeting planning agencies in Mexico. We were delighted to host individuals representing organizations such as: Grupo Destinos, Grupo a+b conceptos, Coordinacion Estratégica, Creatividad, Incentivos y Convenciones, SAT Mexico... just to name a few!

Our dinner guests truly valued this opportunity to spend time together and learn more about what Vancouver can offer in the wintertime. They are excited to continue promoting Vancouver for future events and sharing this knowledge; especially all the great activities that can cater to incentive trips!



Rock & Relax at Vancouver's Hip Hotel Belmont

A happening scene for music, drinks, eats in heart of city’s entertainment district


Picasso follows Van Gogh as "Imagine Picasso: The Immersive Experience" arrives in Vancouver, Canada

Millions around the world have already experienced Imagine Van Gogh – a reimagining of the way we immerse ourselves in the pieces of an adored artist, usually limited by the finite nature of their work.

Christmas for free in Metro Vancouver

Many of us are going all-out this Christmas to make up for last year’s disappointing festive season. In fact, judging from the record-breaking site traffic at the 2021 Vancouver Christmas Guide, it looks like we’re all determined to dive into as many local holiday happenings as we can this time around.

8 Easy Snowshoe Trails Near Vancouver

Have you always wanted to try snowshoeing? It’s one of the easiest winter sports to master. If you’re just starting, try one of these easy snowshoe trails near Vancouver.

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival 2022 Presents a Vibrant and Dynamic Line-up of Innovative Artists

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (PuSh) presents its 18th annual edition from January 20 to February 6, 2022 at various venues across the Lower Mainland and select programming online.

All-time Cirque du Soleil classic Alegría returns to Vancouver

Cirque du Soleil is proud to announce its return to Vancouver with its internationally acclaimed production Alegría.

Vancouver Drag Artists Are Back on Stage – and Bolder Than Ever

After over a year of barely performing, Rogue made their return as a performer during Pride this summer when they felt comfortable and ready to hit the stage.

Where to Go Sledding and Snow-Tubing Near Vancouver in Winter 2021/22

Kids love sliding down a snowy slope, and adults will love unleashing their inner child to join in on the fun. Here are our picks for the best places to go sledding, tobogganing, and snow tubing near Vancouver for winter 2021/22.


Destination Promotion Updates & Direction for 2022
TOMORROW! 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

Click to Register

Meetings & Conventions – On Location

From ITBM, Barcelona Spain

Seen here in attendance are Destination Vancouver Team Member, Michelle Taylor, Manager, Meeting & Convention Sales, Canada and International along with Mary Jane Wiedemann from the Vancouver Convention Centre hosting a one-on-one client meeting at ITBM World International Trade Show in Barcelona Spain. ITBM is the leading global event for the meetings, incentives, conferences and events industry. 

It's not all fun and games in Spain.  Destination Vancouver Team Member, Michael Drake, Director of Sales, Meetings & Conventions, Canada & International keeping things neat and tidy at the end of a long day of one-on-one client meetings.

Meetings & Conventions – Generating Business in Today's World


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.

Maritz Global Events – Holiday Unwrap
December 13, 2021, 11am - 4pm
In-Person, Chicago, IL 
Gather together again to support the Chicagoland community with Maritz’s 28th annual holiday event. Join Maritz and your industry peers to network, celebrate, and donate.  Lacy Hawley 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. 

Incentive Canada – Winter Edition 
December 4 – 8, 2021
In-Person, Vancouver & Whistler 
Destination Canada’s Business Events team will be hosting their inaugural Incentive Canada 2021 - Winter Edition on December 4-8, 2021. A unique opportunity to experience the dynamic urban excitement of Vancouver with accommodations at the Fairmont Pacific Rim, and the exquisite beauty of Whistler, British Columbia and be welcomed by The Fairmont Chateau Whistler—all while connecting with Canada’s leading incentive experience providers. There will be opportunities for buyers to discover the destinations and transformative experiences that make Canada an incentive reward worth bragging about during scheduled one-on-one meetings with Canadian incentive partners. Owen Chiu will be attending on behalf of Destination Vancouver.

SITE Southern California - Holiday Event & Charity Gala
December 12 – 14, 2021 
In-Person, Palm Springs, CA 
SITE Socal Holiday Event and Charity Gala is live and in-person—and better than ever! Destination Vancouver is delighted to partner with Tourism Whistler, Westin Whistler, Westin Bayshore Vancouver to host our SITE Socal clients at this year’s charity gala. Owen Chiu will be attending on behalf of Destination Vancouver.



PCMA Convening Leaders 
January 9-12, 2022
In-Person, Caesars Forum, Las Vegas, NV
Convening Leaders brings its flagship education and networking event to Las Vegas.  Discover why thousands of business events professionals and community leaders from around the world come to Convening Leaders every year to explore, through leading-edge education, research, and networking, how business events generate economic and social legacies for businesses and communities. Dave Gazley, Jackie Kavcak, Owen Chiu, and Lacy Hawley will be attending on behalf of Destination Vancouver.

MPI CAC – Holiday Party
January 20, 2022, 5pm
In-Person, Hyatt Regency Chicago, Chicago, IL 
MPI CAC chapter kicks off the New Year in commemorating MPI Chicago's 45th Anniversary amongst members, partners, industry friends & colleagues.  Lacy Hawley will be attending on behalf of Destination Vancouver.

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