The BCHA is pleased to share our submission for the Federal Growth Strategy, which mirrors key asks from our national hotel and tourism sector. In addition to outlining the key asks and pillars in our collective strategy -- Labour, Borders and Transportation, Investment and Building a Regenerative and Inclusive Tourism Sector-- the BCHA always drew attention to key infrastructure projects across BC to address our hotel shortage; provincial workforce projects, training programs, and upskilling opportunities; immigration policy changes to support ; along with investments in provincial sustainability programs.
The old adage that "Canadians are born all over the world, it just takes some time for them to get here" continues to ring true, particularly, as accommodators look outside of Canada to welcome new employees. Temporary Foreign Workers contribute immensely to our industry in British Columbia, but we share a friendly reminder that additional documentation is required to ensure these workers meet employment and immigration protocols.
Bringing the Olympic Games to BC in 2030 could have an enormous impact on our provincial accommodation and tourism industries. This week marks an important milestone to bring the games back to BC, with the organizing committee meeting with various councils, including the City of Vancouver.
Support the BC 2030 Olympic bid by taking the following steps as shared by the Olympic Organizing Committee:
As announced in British Columbia’s Budget 2022 on February 22, 2022, effective July 1, 2022, certain marketplace facilitators must charge and collect provincial sales tax (PST) and the municipal and regional district tax (MRDT) on taxable sales and leases that they facilitate through an online marketplace. This includes taxable sales of accommodation facilitated through an online marketplace by an online marketplace facilitator.
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The British Columbia Hotel Association (BCHA) and Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC) are pleased to share the winners of the 2022 BC Tourism & Hospitality Awards. The winners were announced during the 2022 Awards Gala on March 10, presented by Indigenous Tourism BC.
Nine awards were given out that recognize and celebrate excellence within British Columbia's tourism & hospitality industry. We acknowledge and salute all finalists for their outstanding contribution, remarkable leadership, and for raising the bar for our industry.
Together with the Canadian Travel and Tourism Roundtable ("The Roundtable"), medical and local business leaders have come together to call on the federal government to remove pre-departure testing entirely for fully vaccinated travellers on or before April 1st when the regulations will be updated. Continued testing targeted at solely the travel sector is both unnecessary and not rooted in science.
Last week the BC government unveiled its Stronger BC Economic Plan which was followed today's announcement of Budget 2022, which was presented by Premier John Horgan and Minister of Finance Selina Robinson.
The BC Hotel Association (BCHA) and the Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC) are delighted to announce the finalists of the 2022 BC Tourism and Hospitality Awards!
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Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, released additional guidance on how liquor-serving-only businesses can remain open by providing meals from external sources.