Boosting Your Hotel's Bottom Line: Easy Sustainability Initiatives That Make a Difference
In today's rapidly changing hospitality landscape, sustainability has emerged as a key driver of success for hotels. Not only does it contribute to a healthier planet, but it also presents significant opportunities to increase your bottom line and market to the growing group of sustainability-driven travellers. By adopting sustainable practices, hotels can attract eco-conscious guests, reduce operating costs, and enhance their brand reputation. Let’s explore some of the easiest ways for hotels to maximize their profitability through the adoption of sustainability initiatives.
The province’s Future Ready Action Plan was been announced on May 9 by Premier David Eby, Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills Minister Selina Robinson, and Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation Minister Brenda Bailey.
BCHA “HOTEL CYBER AWARENESS” Month 2:
By IT Partners www.ITPartners.ca
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Dear BC Accommodation industry,
Last week, we witnessed the return of the BCHA Summit after a four-year hiatus, and we could not be prouder of the strength and unity of our industry that was demonstrated by your participation. We are truly grateful for all of you who joined us and made the event a success.
Seeing so many of you reconnecting in person, meeting with suppliers and sponsors, and feeling a sense of community was a joyous experience for us all. It was heartening to witness our connections and hotel community thrive throughout the event.
Kelowna, BC (May 3, 2023): The winners of the 2023 BC Hotel Association Awards of Excellence were announced on May 2, 2023, during the Summit Spring Fling—an event that marked the culmination of the 2023 BCHA Summit, held from May 1-2, 2023, at Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna. The awards ceremony celebrated exceptional accomplishments in British Columbia's accommodation sector and highlighted the remarkable strength and talent of the industry.
The BCHA Summit Spring Fling was an eagerly awaited occasion that brought together more than 200 industry leaders and influencers for a memorable evening of celebration. The event was graced by the presence of the Honourable Lana Popham, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture & Sport, who presented all seven awards to the deserving winners and gave a powerful speech on the resilience and strength of the hospitality sector. Also among the esteemed guests were Mayor Tom Dyas, Mayor of Kelowna, and Kelowna City Councillor, Maxine DeHart. The crowd was entertained by the outstanding comedy performance of MC CJ Wilkins, while Okanagan-inspired cuisine added flavor to the night. The talented Andrew Johns and the Yellow Brick Road Experience kept the energy high, and had guests dancing with their lively performance, making the evening truly unforgettable.
The winners and finalists for the 2023 BC Hotel Association Awards of Excellence are as follows:
"We are thrilled to celebrate the winners of the 2023 BCHA Awards of Excellence," said Ingrid Jarrett, President and CEO of the BC Hotel Association (BCHA). "Their commitment to excellence, innovation, and the overall advancement of our industry has elevated the standard for the provincial accommodation sector. We are delighted to recognize their outstanding contributions and thank both the winners and all nominees for their integral role in making hotels in British Columbia such phenomenal places to work, visit, and enjoy.”
Learn more about this annual event designed to celebrate and drive success in BC's hospitality sector by visiting www.bchasummit.com.
About the BC Hotel Association
The British Columbia Hotel Association (BCHA) is a non-profit organization that has advocated for the best interests of the province’s accommodation sector since 1917. Working closely with over 750 members, partner organizations, and all levels of government, the BCHA champions solutions to issues that affect the successful operations of accommodation businesses including the workforce shortage, labour mobility, the impact of short-term vacation rentals, and more. Through advocacy, education, and communication the BCHA promotes responsible and safe hospitality practices and drives economic, social, and environmental sustainability. For more information, visit www.bcha.com.
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B.C.’s tourism industry poised for the travel season and return of visitors.
As we celebrate Tourism Week in British Columbia, we recognize this industry and the people who work in it for its important contributions to our province.
By IT Partners www.ITPartners.ca
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A HOTEL CYBERSECURITY BREACH
Recently, IT Partners received communication from a Hotel regarding an unfortunate yet common incident. An employee's email was compromised, and the hacker was able to access sensitive information. The hacker discovered an invoice from another company and proceeded to forward the invoice to accounts payable after altering the bank information. The hacker posed as the employee and successfully received payment for the fraudulent invoice.
Premier David Eby and Housing Minister Ravi Kahlon released the new Homes for People plan focused on increasing housing supply, housing affordability, and addressing speculation. Government will invest more than $4 billion over three years, and commits to invest $12 billion over the next 10 years.
Yesterday, the Government of Canada made two significant announcements on enhancements to immigration programs.
New Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP)
The federal government is expanding the Economic Mobility Pathways Program pilot with a new pathway for tourism and hospitality workers. Starting this summer, refugees and other displaced people can use the EMPP to connect with in-demand job openings. Read the release here.
Extensions to Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP)
The government has extended temporary measures introduced during the pandemic for hardest-hit sectors to October 30, 2023. Including:
Today, the Federal Government announced Budget 2023, which focuses on "making life more affordable for Canadian, strengthening our healthcare system, and attracting investments to create good jobs and build the net-zero economy of tomorrow."
The full Budget can be found here