Tourism Matters on Election Day
May 2, 2017 – BLBCA members believe that it is important that citizens exercise their democratic right to vote. Provincial elections offer residents a chance to participate in the process of selecting your local government.
Please use your voice to help inform all candidates on the importance of adventure tourism to our economy and your lifestyle. Every vote counts!
The latest BLBCA newsletter provides voting information, links to the candidates, and key info from BC’s tourism industry.
DBC and Google Team Up in BC Wilderness Project
Through the partnership, imagery from BC’s wilderness has now been added to Google Maps. The scenery is complemented with interviews with BC locals, photography, drone footage, immersive 360° video, and featured businesses on the new BC Journeys platform.
The project began in 2016, when Destination BC and their partners were loaned two Google Street View Trekkers—a wearable backpack outfitted with 15 separate cameras that collect 360° panoramic imagery in remote outdoor locations inaccessible by car.
Over 105 days, the Google Street View Trekker traversed 983 kilometres on almost 200 treks, travelling by foot, horse, boat, floatplane, and helicopter.
Alongside Google, Destination BC sent a crew of expert content creators across the province to capture the stories and culture of British Columbians in those special places.
Minister Bond Announces New Funding Model for Destination BC
March 5, 2017 – During an already successful conference the Honourable Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism & Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour, added to the good news announcing the creation of a stable funding formula so Destination BC can continue its work of growing British Columbia’s tourism industry. Minister Bond spoke about how tourism is a key sector in the government’s BC Jobs Plan and an important economic driver in the province. During her keynote address Minister Bond highlighted how the $98 million annual investment from the province helps the sector create jobs in every region of the province. She also praised the efforts of Destination BC, TIABC, the team at Vancouver International Airport, and all tourism operators who contribute to our global reputation.
“You are a key reason why we’re experiencing such positive tourism growth,” Minister Bond told the crowd. “You’re providing the world-class tourism experience that visitors are looking for and putting BC at the top of the list for travellers from around the world.”
New funding model
Minister Bond also provided highlights of Destination BC’s new funding model, including:
- First, the funding model will protect DBC’s annual base funding of $50 million
- Second, it will be tied to both the broader tourism sector’s success and DBC’s performance – allowing for increases of up to 2% per year
- Third, funding increases will be cumulative, meaning that DBC’s budget can build year-over-year
- This means that there is an opportunity over the next six years for DBC’s annual base budget to increase by $5 million over what it is today
Every increase will be a permanent addition to Destination BC’s base budget going forward, said Minister Bond. “This is really positive news.”
Heat-Seeking Drone Search a First in BC
Seven missing skiers and snowboarders were rescued by search crews in BC’s Interior after a long night out in the elements near Kamloops.
Crew members say the incident was entirely avoidable.
The last two missing skiers were located just after 4 a.m. but not before spending the night in frigid temperatures and waist deep snow in the backcountry.