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Madrid, Spain, 27 March 2020 – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has released its updated assessment of the likely impact of the COVID-19 on international tourism. Taking into account the unparalleled introduction of travel restrictions across the world, the United Nations specialized agency for tourism expects that international tourist arrivals will be down by 20% to […]

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We have been informed that WorkSafeBC has decided to allow employers to defer payment of their Q1 2020 premiums by three months. This means employers who report payroll and make payments on a quarterly basis, as well as Personal Optional Protection (POP) coverage holders, can defer payment until June 30, 2020. Employers who report annually will […]

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Extraordinary times call for extraordinary events including extraordinary people like you. That’s why you’re invited to B.C.’s Big At Home Picnic!  How does the Big At Home Picnic work? On Saturday, March 28 at 1:00 PDT, wash your hands, lay down a blanket and set up a picnic area in your home. This could be your living room, balcony, […]

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Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, is using extraordinary powers under a state of provincial emergency to keep British Columbians safe, maintain essential goods and services, and support the Province’s ongoing response to novel coronavirus (COVID-19). “B.C. is in a strong position to effectively respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said […]

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Sometimes fluctuations in your business require temporary reductions in staffing levels. Such reductions may or may not become permanent in nature. Where a layoff involves a number of employees, it may evolve into a group termination. In any event, a keen understanding of the layoff and group termination provisions in the Employment Standards Act is […]

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There’s no question the COVID-19 pandemic is hitting the tourism and hospitality industry hard.  The timing is incredibly inopportune as the crisis comes just as employers were gearing up for their important and busy summer season. The global pandemic leaves employers in our industry considering the unfortunate prospects of laying off staff, reducing business hours […]

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Restaurants Canada, the Hotel Association of Canada, and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada have joined forces in their lobbying effort to secure tax relief and a credit facility for the sector as a whole. Collectively the foodservice, tourism and hospitality sectors represent $139 billion in direct economic activity and support 1.8 million employees in […]

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Due to the COVID-19 crisis, many tourism and hospitality employers have to reduce opening hours, lay off employees, or even shut down the operation completely. While some employers have come up with ways to assist their displaced employees, many are still impacted by the shortage of work. go2HR is pleased to offer a solution to […]

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Thank you to everyone who joined us on March 20th for our Visitor Economy webinar. We saw 1,750 participants that included operators and tourism organizations from all levels. This was an inspiring example of Team Canada coming together to support each other through the times ahead. If you were unable to join us or want to […]

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LDB Updates BC Liquor Stores continue to operate across the province, with the exception of some stores in smaller communities who are experiencing staffing issues. You can find current BC Liquor Store hours here. Temporarily Not Accepting Returns  Effective immediately, BC Liquor Stores will no longer accept customer (hospitality and retail) returns. Distribution Centres will continue to […]

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British Columbians affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will benefit from $5 billion in income supports, tax relief and direct funding for people, businesses and services. “The COVID-19 pandemic challenges our health, our economy and our way of life. People and businesses urgently need support,” said Premier John Horgan. “Our action plan focuses on services to […]

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BCEDA #COVID19 Resources for BC Businesses Guide All of these updates are now located in one document. This shareable, live guide is being continually updated with the most relevant information, tools and resources for the BC business community. Click here to view. Newly Updated: Information from ICBC Guidance to construction sites operating during COVID-19 BC Food & […]

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From the BC Chamber of Commerce: Thank you for your spectacular engagement in the BC chamber network COVID-19 Business Impact Survey that launched last Friday and closed at 5 pm on March 18th. We received an unprecedented 7900+ responses. You can be proud – and know with confidence – that there is no more definitive business community “pulse check” […]

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In these unprecedented times, it is more important than ever to stay connected. As we have been advising over the past few weeks, we will be updating our website and News Centre with pertinent links to information as it becomes available and we will continue to take your comments, questions, and concerns weekly to the Provincial Government and Destination […]

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March 20, 2020 We understand that these are extremely challenging times for you, your business, your staff, and your family. Please know our team is working hard to ensure we are communicating your needs to the Provincial Government, and to support you in any way we can. At this time, we would like to share […]

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Updates on COVID-19 In an effort to keep industry informed on the fast-moving COVID-19 situation, Destination BC will be sending out regular bulletins in place of the monthly Directions emails for the foreseeable future. Please encourage your network to subscribe to our newsletter, and feel free to forward these emails to your colleagues and friends. Destination BC’s COVID-19 Response In collaboration with the […]

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The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. On March 18, 2020, the Prime Minister announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy during this challenging period. These measures, delivered as part of the Government of […]

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I want to start by thanking you for your leadership in this unprecedented situation. I know you are all working in extremely difficult and quickly-changing circumstances. The impacts of COVID-19 to the tourism sector will be significant and are already being felt. During these trying times, I want to reassure you that the entire provincial […]

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[Kelowna, BC, March 13, 2020] – The Paisley Notebook’s Aman Dosanj is proud to announce that her latest International Women’s Day dinner on March 8 has generated a donation of $13,192.77 for Foundry Penticton and Kelowna, South Okanagan Women in Need Society and Slow Food Canada. The special five-course wine-paired dinner held at Liquidity Wines brought together the culinary talents of Andrea Callan (Red Fox Club at Indigenous World Winery, West Kelowna), Aman Dosanj (The Paisley […]

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SILVERSTAR MOUNTAIN RESORT, BC , March 14, 2020 At SilverStar Mountain Resort our top priority—the health and safety of our staff, guests and local community—remains at the forefront and for this reason SilverStar Mountain Resort will suspend all resort operations starting tomorrow, March 15, 2020 through March 22, 2020. We will continue to monitor the […]

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Ongoing support for the Visitor Economy We know these are difficult times within the tourism sector. We know there is a lot of uncertainty around what our world will look like next month, next week, and even tomorrow. On behalf of Destination Canada and our teams across the country and the world, we are writing […]

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In light of the current COVID-19 virus situation and as per the BC Government’s directive to cancel/postpone all events with over 250 guests, we will be pivoting with our Spring Wine Festival planning.  The health of our guests, members, and sponsors is of utmost importance, and it’s imperative that we do our part in taking precautionary […]

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