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Elevate, Connect, and Celebrate Excellence: 2024 BCHA Summit Invites Hospitality Industry to Whistler May 1-2
January 11, 2024
Igniting Innovation in Hospitality and Liquor: SPARK | BC Hotel & Liquor Conference Returns
September 26, 2023
BC Hotel Association Leads the Way in Greening the Accommodation Sector with New Sustainability Initiatives
May 29, 2023
Consulate of Mexico and the B.C. Hotel Association Announce Labour Mobility Pilot Project for the Hotel Industry in British Columbia
May 16, 2023
Winners of the 2023 BC Hotel Association Awards of Excellence Announced
May 3, 2023
2023 BC Hotel Association Awards of Excellence Finalists Announced
April 13, 2023
BC Tourism & Hospitality Conference Announces Winners of the 2023 BC Tourism & Hospitality Awards
March 3, 2023

BC Hotel Association Announces Historic New Board of Directors Marking a New Era for Diversity and Inclusion
November 22, 2022
BC Hotel Association Welcomes Alison Langford as New Workforce Specialist
February 13, 2022
BC Hotel Association Encourages Accommodation Sector to Source Locally
February 7, 2022
BC Hotel Association Applauds New Legislative Proposal to Support Hardest-Hit Businesses
November 25, 2021
BC Hotel Association Announces 2021 Board of Directors with Renewed Vision for Recovery
November 21, 2021
Joint Statement on Resumption of Travel in B.C. 
June 15, 2021 
Joint Statement Asking People to Stay Local to Bend the Curve
April 23, 2021
BC Tourism Industry Responds to Provincial Budget
April 20, 2021
60% of Canada’s Hardest His Businesses Will Not Survive to the End of the Year
March 24, 2021
BC Meetings & Events Industry Working Group Shares its Graduated Safe Restart Plan
March 17, 2021
Isolation Hotels Media Statement
February 20, 2021
Tourism Coalition Urges Province Not to Pursue Domestic Travel Ban 
January 15, 2021
British Columbia Hotel Association and Tourism Vancouver Island Partner on ‘Venture West This Winter’ Campaign to Support Canadian Snowbirds Flocking to Vancouver Island 
October 26, 2020

BC Hotel Association Partners with BC Regional Tourism Secretariat and STR to Support Tourism Resiliency
September 22, 2020
Tourism, Hospitality, and Accommodation Collective Say Provincial Support for Recovery a Good Start
September 17, 2020
Eco Efficiency Program: TOTA Partners with FortisBC, GreenStep Solutions, and BC Hotel Association to Help Tourism Businesses Cut Costs
July 16, 2020
BC Hotel Association Partners with FortisBC and GreenStep, Introducing Sustainability Initiatives to Help Industry Recover from COVID-19
June 10, 2020
Tourism, Hospitality, and Accommodation Collective Say Critical Support Still Needed to Re-Open Backbone of the BC Economy – MAY 28th, 2020 | 60% of Canada’s Hardest Hit Businesses Will Not Survive to the End of the Year

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New hotel plans point to post-pandemic optimism, Business in Vancouver, June 15, 2021 
Metro Vancouver might miss out on Step 2 travel business boost, Vancouver Is Awesome, June 15, 2021
Prospects for the tourism sector as the province reopens, Daybreak South with Chris Walker, June 15, 2021
Tourism Industry Faces Shortages as Restrictions Ease, News 1130 June 14, 2021
Help wanted: Tourism, hospitality operators trying to fill jobs as summer bookings increase in Kamloops, CFJC Today, June 14, 2021
B.C. tourism businesses may close if international border doesn’t open soon, News1130, June 14, 2021 
Hotel Group Wants Action, Castanet, June 11, 2021 
‘It’s obvious there is no plan’: Quarantine rules frustrate tourism, travel sectors, CTV Vancouver, June 9, 2021 
Tourism, hospitality sector digs in for 2nd COVID summer amid wait for border re-opening, Black Press Media, June 9, 2021 
B.C. hotel industry faces ‘dire labour shortage,’ with travel restrictions ending soon News1130, June 4, 2021 
Sustainability initiatives are key to industry’s path forward Hotelier Magazine, June 4, 2021
​B.C. hotels prepare to welcome back guests with eventual lifting of restrictions CityNews Vancouver, June 3, 2021 
How are hotels getting ready for life back to normal? Mornings with Simi, May 27, 2021
‘Light at the end of the tunnel’ B.C.’s tourism industry appreciates restart roadmap News1130, May 25, 2021
Ingrid Jarrett: Compliance with travel restrictions essential to the survival of B.C.’s hotel sector Vancouver Sun, May 7, 2021
“It’s devastating”: BC’s hotels call for support while preparing for travel ban  DailyHive, April 22, 2021
“The majority of northern hotels are seriously short of revenue,”: BC Hotels Association President  MyBulkleyLakesNow, April 22, 2021
COVID-19: B.C. tourism operators wait, and worry, for details on travel ban Vancouver Sun, April 20, 2021
Hospitality sector seeks relief in federal, provincial budgets Castanet April 14, 2021
Re-hiring blitz challenges looming for hospitality and tourism The Squamish Chief April 7, 2021
B.C. hotels not hopeful for bounce back in 2021 despite vaccine rollout CityNews March 20, 2021
Coronavirus: What’s happening in Canada and around the world on Sunday CBC, January 17, 2021
​B.C. tourism industry decries premier’s inquiries to implement travel ban CBC, January 16, 2021
Pandemic ravages B.C. tourism and hospitality businesses  Burnaby now, January 12, 2021
Hotels barely holding on Times Colonist, November 21, 2020
COVID-19: Latest restrictions another blow to beleaguered tourism industry  Vancouver Sun, November 21, 2020
BCHA fighting good fight Okanagan Edge, November 20, 2020
New B.C. COVID-19 restrictions having a devastating impact on tourism industry Global News, November 10, 2020
Tourism campaign aims to keep both visitors and locals safe Times Colonist, November 7, 2020
 GO WEST YOUNG SNOWBIRD: Vancouver Island woos winter-weary Canadians Travel Industry TODAY, November 5, 2020
Canadian snowbirds pose a ‘promising opportunity’ for BC Hotels, Tourism Vancouver Island this winter CHEK News October 26, 2020
New campaign calls on governments across Canada to freeze tax increases on beer October 19, 2020
Robson Valley tourism, down but not out, October 18, 2020
Hotels facing up to a decade of recovery Victoria Now, October 13, 2020
Canadian snowbirds flock west as winter looms, but space is at a premium Global News, October 9, 2020
Snowbirds unable to go south flock to Vancouver Island Times Colonist, October 8,  2020
New campaign calls on governments across Canada to freeze tax increases on beer Canadian Insider, September 30,  2020
Fed up with working from home? Vancouver hotel offers rooms during the day CTV News, September 29, 2020
New $20 an hour workers in B.C. care homes need to be prepared for menial tasks , September 21, 2020
Industry leaders, experts named to provincial Tourism Task Force BC Gov News , September 182020
Tourism sector sees a glimmer of hope with $100 million recovery package from province CHEK News , September 182020
B.C. tourism task force to seek input on recovery ideas Beach Radio Kelowna , September 182020
Central, South Okanagan are leading the recovery of B.C.’s hospitality industry , September 4, 2020
​B.C. labour minister promises vague help for tourism workers after release of report  Vancouver Sun, September 2, 2020
More overnight visitors going to Central Okanagan but fewer spending time or money in hotels CBC, August 31, 2020
​Opinion: Tourism businesses can’t weather this crisis alone, sector urgently needs targeted government aid The Province, August 24, 2020
B.C. tourism: A so-so summer for some regions, a dire one for others Vancouver Sun, August 21, 2020​​
BC tourism survival concerns. Global News, June 28, 2020
New data shows efforts by b.c. first nations to limit the spread of coronavirus have paid off. CBC Vancouver, June 26, 2020
What to expect if you’re booking a hotel in B.C. this summer CBC, June 26, 2020
B.C. faces more pressure on temporary layoffs, as Ottawa acts, Vancouver Sun, June 24, 2020
COVID-19: B.C. hotels see shaky future, hope locals fill in for missing tourists this summer, Vancouver Sun, May 12, 2020
​Business Matters: adapting to the new tourism reality, Kelowna Now, May 8, 2020
Coronavirus pandemic has 30-40% of B.C. hotels facing insolvency, says industry, Global News, May 7, 2020
B.C. hotels, resorts could start to reopen in June, CTV News, May 6, 2020
Tourism industry asks for more support during global pandemic, Castanet, April 26, 2020

BC Hotel Association says Many Postponed Events likely Won’t be Made Up, Radio NL, April 24, 2020
‘Catastrophic’: Tourism industry decimated from COVID-19 will need more help if it wants to survive, Financial Post, April 22, 2020
B.C. tourism task force asks governments for more help, Business in Vancouver, April 16, 2020
Coronavirus: B.C. tourism and hospitality sectors call for freeze on commercial evictions, Global News, April 16, 2020
Ingrid Jarrett reports from BCHA – Canadian Lodging News, April 14, 2020
Many hotels may be closed for good – Kelowna Now, April 10, 2020
​Iconic hotels in Victoria shut down over coronavirus concerns – City News, March 24, 2020
Interview with Ingrid Jarrett, President & CEO of BCHA on hotel industry – CBC Daybreak, March 23, 2020
‘This is unprecedented’: B.C.’s hotel industry takes a huge hit during coronavirus crisis – Global News, March 22, 2020
COVID-19: B.C.’s hotel industry facing closures, mass layoffs – Vancouver Sun, March 21, 2020
B.C.’s visitor economy faces collapse without government relief, tourism association warns – CBC News, March 17, 2020
A New Era – Western Hotelier Magazine, March/April 2020

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