ABLEBC | Are You Planning to Install a Patio this Summer? TESA Applications Expiring!
If you are planning to install a patio this summer, you need to take urgent action now. TESA applications from last year are expiring soon and do not provide approval for patios this coming summer.
On June 15, 2021, the LCRB extended the deadline for currently approved Temporary Expanded Service Areas (TESAs) to expire on June 1, 2022.
On January 7, 2022, B.C.’s provincial health officer verbally announced an order requiring employers to re-activate their COVID-19 safety plans. This new order replaces the previous requirement for employers to have communicable disease prevention plans and does not have an expiration date.
View Official Order.
Destination Greater Victoria, The BC Hospitality Foundation and BC Restaurant and Food Services Association – Victoria Chapter are launching a lottery as part of Dine Around & Stay in Town Victoria 2022 (Dine Around).
A fundraiser for the BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF), the lottery offers bidders a chance to win prize packages that include transportation, fine dining, and luxury accommodation in Greater Victoria. There are four prize packages available. All prizes have been generously donated by Destination Greater Victoria members. Prize draws will take place at 12 p.m. on February 7, 2022.
Dear Accommodation Community,
The past week has been a busy one for your BC Hotel Association team.
Application intake opened for the Tourism Accommodation and Commercial Recreation Relief Fund, which will provide up to $15 million in grants to alleviate fixed-cost pressures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The grants will support large accommodation providers with over 150 employees through fixed cost relief, financially assist Indigenous accommodators with BC Hydro relief, and aid back country lodges and tourism businesses that have been burdened with lease and land tenure payments throughout the pandemic.
I would be remiss not thank and acknowledge the entire Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture & Sport -- under the incredible leadership of Minister Melanie Mark -- for their support, hard-work, and obvious commitment to our sector.
This week, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry extended the current Public Health Orders on Gatherings and Events along with the Order on Food & Liquor serving premises. A copy of the current PHO will be available here and a summary of each is detailed below.
In a new development, gyms and fitness centres will be allowed to start gradually reopening as of Thursday. Changes include:
Best Western Plus Kamloops’s Tim Rodgers was selected as the 2021 Pioneer Award Winner!
Best Western Plus Kamloops Hotel has always operated with sustainability in mind. They are a leader in the Best Western Brand Green Program, and Tim Rodgers, General Manager, has been instrumental in making changes throughout the brand. For example Best Western up until a few years ago did not have a green towel option, but with Tim's initiative, Best Western now has a green towel program to choose a more environmentally friendly option for towels.
Applications Now Open for Tourism Accommodation and Commercial Recreation Relief Fund
In a press release distributed on Friday, January 14 by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport, it was announced that eligible accommodation providers and tourism operators will now have access to grants to alleviate fixed cost pressures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, the Coquihalla Highway (Highway 5) will reopen to regular vehicle traffic between Hope and Merritt.
This will be a much more convenient route for people who need to travel between the Lower Mainland and the Interior, and is another significant milestone in the province’s recovery from the devastating storms
Air Canada, WestJet and Pearson Urge End of Mandatory COVID-19 Testing at Airports
Content originally published by the Financial Post.
Canada’s two main airlines and its biggest airport are calling on the Canadian government to end mandatory COVID-19 testing at airports and shift those resources to communities where they are needed most.
Last month the government began ramping up testing of fully vaccinated travellers amid the outbreak of the COVID-19 variant Omicron. The CBC reports that it now has the capacity to test more than 20,000 arrivals daily.
The World Ski Awards™ is the only global initiative to recognize, reward and celebrate excellence in ski tourism. Earlier this week, the winners of its 9th annual programme were revealed and a number of our own BC-based operators took home top-prizes!
The 2021 winners are recognized for being truly outstanding achievers that have risen above competitors across the globe.