Dear BC Hotel Community,
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to each and every one of you who participated in our recent accommodation engagement survey. Your valuable feedback plays a vital role in helping us understand the pressing topics, issues, and resources that are most important to our industry. Based on the comprehensive review of all the feedback, we now have a clearer vision moving forward and confidence that we are on the right path already. Rest assured, we are committed to representing our industry and amplifying your voice and we owe it to each of you to be transparent with this. As a result, we have identified some of the results of the survey along with several areas where changes and/or improvements can be made. We will continue to refer to the feedback outlined in the survey in the months ahead and make changes that will best reflect your needs.
Recently, the Wickanninish Inn announced that the property spearhead another successful beach clean organized by their Sustainability Committee! This beach clean took place on South Chesterman Beach and with everyone's help, they removed 22 lbs of waste from the beach over the course of 2 hours! How did they pave the path for this success? By empowering their team to make these important decisions through the creation of their own green team.
In this blog, we explore the first step of the BCHA playbook even further, providing a helpful checklist to guide you in creating your own green team.
Our hospitality sector, comprised of over 2,300 hotels, motels, and inns, form the foundation of British Columbia's vibrant $22.3B tourism industry. These establishments, many of which are family-owned, play a crucial role in the social and economic fabric of our communities. With hotels alone contributing 3.5-4.0% to B.C.'s economic activity, their impact is far-reaching. Through collaborations with marketing partners and investments in destination development, hotel owners are catalysts for meaningful economic growth, driving the well-being for our entire province. Government support for the industry is critical as it helps stimulates economic growth, boosts tourism promotion efforts, and creates diverse employment opportunities across various skill levels. By addressing challenges, attracting skilled workers, and investing tourism dollars wisely, we can forge a thriving and sustainable future for British Columbia's hospitality sector, together.
We have fantastic news that will greatly benefit your recruitment efforts during the ongoing workforce crisis. The British Columbia Hotel Association (BCHA) has successfully advocated for significant changes to the Francophone Mobility Program, and we couldn't be more thrilled to share them with you. Let's break it down in simple terms:
In the journey towards sustainable operations, hotel operators play a vital role in reducing environmental impact and promoting responsible practices. The British Columbia Hotel Association (BCHA) recognizes this and has developed a comprehensive Sustainability Playbook to guide hotels through the process. In this blog post, we will explore Step 3 of the playbook, which focuses on creating a sustainability action plan. By following this step, you can develop a roadmap that sets clear goals, outlines actions, and assigns responsibilities to drive sustainability within your hotel.
Welcome back to our series on sustainable practices for British Columbia Hotels! In Step 1, we discussed the importance of engaging your team in the journey towards sustainability. Now, let's dive into Step 2 - measuring your baseline. By understanding where you currently stand in terms of sustainability, you can set informed goals and take targeted actions to improve your hotel's environmental and social performance.
Embracing sustainability as a hotel operator is not only beneficial for the environment but also for your business. By taking steps towards sustainability, you can attract eco-conscious guests, reduce operational costs, and contribute to a greener future. The first crucial step on this journey is to engage your team. In this blog post, we will explore the importance of creating a Green Team and how it can lead you towards a successful sustainability action plan.