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January 5, 2022

Destination Vancouver
Destination Vancouver

Credit: Destination Vancouver/Grouse Mountain


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:

Happy New Year!

We hope the holiday season provided opportunities to rest and recharge.

Wishing you all a healthy, cheerful and prosperous 2022! 



Owen Chiu receives SITE Texas Mentor Program 2021 Award

Destination Vancouver is thrilled to congratulate, Owen Chiu, Manager, USA as the recipient of the SITE Texas Mentor Program 2021 Award. 

The SITE Texas Mentorship Program focuses on the professional development of chapter members to create a mutually beneficial relationship between a mentor and mentee to grow and learn from each other. The SITE Texas Mentor Program encourages members to apply as a mentor or mentee, whether a young professional or industry veteran.

The three awards are Mentor of the Year Award, Mentee of the Year Award and Mentor Pair of the Year Award.

  • Mentee of the Year Award - Owen Chiu, Manager, Meeting & Convention Sales, US, Destination Vancouver
  • Mentor of the Year Award - Brandi Ronk, Director Sales Groups & Meetings, The Americas, Sol Group
  • Mentor Pair of the Year Award - Ruben Perez, Director of Sales & Services, DISCOVER DENTON and Jeorge Zepeda, Regional Director of Southern Plains, AIC Hotel Group

We are hiring!

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.

December 2021 Member Pulse Check

Thank you to everyone that completed our December 2021 Member Pulse Check Survey.  Your time and input is valued and appreciated.

We are happy to report that overall member satisfaction was 90%. You also told us that the most helpful Destination Vancouver programs and initiatives over the past year include consumer campaigns and promotions to support local businesses, shared content on our owned channels (including website, blog and social channels, event calendar), sharing of business intelligence and industry advocacy.

Looking ahead to 2022, we will continue to build on these programs along with providing business leads, media and FAM opportunities, and bringing conventions, events and festivals, cruise development/facilitation, to our destination as part of our industry's rebuild. Thank you for your continued support.

Destination Vancouver Experience Pass Redemption Update

As of January 1st, 2022, our Destination Experience Pass is now digital! Please make sure to let your front line teams know about the new platform for our pass. For more details on the redemption process, please click here.

The list of offers that we share with users (Trade, Media and M&C clients) in advance can be viewed here. As we transition to the new platform, if you have any technical questions that arise you can reach out Bandwango’s support team at or call 1.888.921.5333.

If you would like to participate in our Destination Experience Pass program or have any changes related to your current offer, please reach out to Lucas Pavan, Manager Membership.

Thank you again for your continued participation and support of our Destination Experience Pass.

January’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Pacific Spirit Regional Park

Winter is a great time to explore nature close to home. This easy loop through the maze of trails at Pacific Spirit Park takes you past some giant trees, to a unique bog ecosystem, and to one of Vancouver’s remaining salmon spawning streams.

A Conversation with Carol Lee: Vancouver’s Landmark Chinatown Storytelling Centre

For Carol Lee, the new Chinatown Storytelling Centre embodies the narratives of the Chinese Canadians who worked, played, ate, and built strong community ties in the vibrant historical neighbourhood.

Vancouver Outdoor Community Spotlight: Chef Robin Kort of Swallow Tail Tours

Many of us are familiar with the sights, smells, and sounds of nature. But how many of us know what it tastes like? That’s where Chef Robin Kort of Swallow Tail Tours comes in.

Vancouver New Year’s Resolutions for 2022 You’ll Want to Keep

Make your New Year’s Resolutions fun this year with some #VeryVancouver goals for 2022: Hike every month of the year, eat delicious food, take in a film, and lots more.

VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre and Bloedel Conservatory: Iconic Eco-Design in Vancouver

If you visit VanDusen Botanical Garden this holiday season, chances are you’ll be there for all the sparkly lights at the Festival of Lights. However, there is another marvel that’s well worth admiring: the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre.

Take a Self-Guided Maple Ridge Brewery Tour

Did you know Maple Ridge is home to a growing craft beer community? (There’s more to the area than of mountains, farmland, and hiking trails.) This 11-km-long self-guided brewery tour visits four independent breweries in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.

12 Delicious Holiday Treats to Try in Vancouver This Season

One of the most decadent parts of the holiday season is all the sweet treats. Celebrate with fun flavours like gingerbread, peppermint, and eggnog. Check out what these Vancouver bakeries and chocolatiers have created this year.

Two Local Indigenous Wellness Brands Promote Self-Care, Education, and Sustainability

Sisters Sage is the inspiring story of two sisters, Lynn-Marie and Melissa-Rae Angus, who empowered themselves by launching their own company devoted to wellness products in 2018.


Save the Date: Destination Update & 2022 Business Sprint

Tuesday, January 18, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:30am | Webinar

Please join Royce Chwin, Destination Vancouver Team Member, President & CEO and members of the Senior Leadership Team for a destination update and presentation of our 2022 Business Sprint which will guide our activities and plans for the year ahead.

Meetings & Conventions – Generating Business in Today's World


January 9-12, 2022
In-Person, Caesars Forum, Las Vegas, NV

Connecting people with purpose to ideas and opportunities through business events is what PCMA does better than anyone else.  Vancouver will be the sponsor of the Wellbeing Lounge, focusing on the move more, eat healthy and think better concepts as part of the PCMA Promenade. Jackie Kavcak will be attending in person on behalf of Destination Vancouver.  Dave Gazley, Owen Chiu, and Lacy Hawley will be participating virtually.

January 23-26, 2022
In-person Annapolis, MD

The CESSE CEO Meeting is for CEO’s from the STEM community who will be exposed to cutting-edge ideas, share their expertise, and learn from colleagues in a safe space created by CEOs, for CEOs. With a mixture of curated discourses and interactive panel discussions, all can bring their challenges to peers and hear their solutions and ideas. In partnership with Destination Canada, Destination Vancouver is the first day luncheon sponsor. Jackie Kavcak will be attending on behalf of Destination Vancouver.

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