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Destination BC Unveils New Trip Planning Tool

TheExplorer_crop_690x380August 3, 2016 – Got “vacation envy” over a friend’s travel posts? Wish you were there, too? Yearning for new adventures in BC but not sure where to start?

Destination BC has the perfect solution. The destination marketing organization has created the BC Explorer—an innovative travel planning tool designed to inspire travel to British Columbia. It lets potential travellers go beyond merely “liking” a photo to actually planning a trip.

Tourism Sees Significant Growth in First Quarter of 2016

DBC_June24June 24, 2016 – 2016 is off to a remarkable start, with BC breaking records in several markets. From January – April, BC recorded the highest number of international overnight visitor arrivals, for the same reporting period, since 2000. In addition, overnight visitor arrivals from China, Australia, France, Mexico, and India, between January and April, were the highest since 2000. BC continues to have significant increases in US overnight entries, up 22.1% compared to April 2015; similarly, year to date US overnight entries is up 20.7%. Total International Overnight visitation to BC is up 21.0% for April compared to April 2015 and up 18.2% year to date.

BLBCA Holds Annual General Meeting

BLBCA_LOGO_LatestNews_ThumbnailJune 22, 2016 – The BLBCA recently held it’s Annual General Meeting in Kamloops, BC, on June 8th and 9th, 2016. Members of the association gathered for two jammed packed days of featured presentations and member meetings.

The association was honoured to welcome several outstanding guest speakers to the AGM. Featured presenters included Mark Hopkins, Acting South Areas Tenure Manager, Ministry of Forestry, Lands & Natural Resource Operations; Kim Hood, Manager, Marketing Co-op Programs, Destination BC; Kailee Penner, Senior Researcher, Destination BC; Peter Larose, Adventure Tourism Sector Development Issues Analyst and Geoff Straight, Lifestyle Financial Services

BLBCA members also shed some light a number of interesting issues, BOD member Terry Palechuk brought forward some new ideas around our membership structure, Aaron Cooperman (Sol Mountain Touring) discussed room tax variability across the province, Marty Schaffer (Blanket Glacier Chalet) presented an online waiver/booking system, Flybook, and Christoph Dietzfelbinger (Burnie Glacier Chalet) reviewed guiding requirements focusing on the summer season.

There was also a little time for fun and free-flowing conversation as members socialized over dinner following the first day of sessions. It was a great opportunity for the members to share learnings and info from across the backcountry industry.

The BLBCA is always exploring options to further expand the AGM. To discuss opportunities further or for all general inquiries on the BLBCA’s Annual General Meeting, please refer to the contacts listed at the bottom of this page.

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Brad Harrison
Executive Director
250-819-9774
colwest@shaw.ca

Ron Andrews

President

604-462-8145
rga@shaw.ca

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