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WTA UPDATES: WHAT HAVE WE BEEN UP TO?

– Development of WTA Collaborative partnership model with other non-profit organizations. Participated in a meeting to discuss the opportunities and specifics around the proposed collaboration.

-Attended the Marine Area Planning Partnership meeting and AGM. 

– Attended Capilano University and Royal Roads University conference calls focused on Tourism business support tools and student orientation to the tourism industry subjects and student support.

– Assisted members in responding to information requests. ATC correspondence and participation.

– Participation in the Provincial Trail Advisory Committee subcommittee creating a sustainable trail funding concept. Phase 1 project on trail funding exploratory research completed. Phase 2 begins in January 2021.

– Small Ship Tour operators project initiative:  Grant application draft created. Weekly calls supporting logistics, communications. Report writing and budget reporting. Coordinating and administering contract payments. Contract liaison with the province.

-Review and comment on government COVID-19 support programs. Interview and paper submission to Tourism Task Force; Submission of DBC marketing Grant; Liaison with TIABC and the Ministry of Tourism on program effectiveness

– Presented to Capilano University Tourism and Recreation program: Role of sector organizations (i.e. WTA, BCROA, TIABC, etc.) in supporting the tourism industry through the creation of favourable government policies.

– Concluded Royal Roads University collaborative project on Restorative Tourism and mentoring tourism program students on adventure tourism management issues.

– Participation in the Provincial Trail Advisory Committee subcommittee creating a sustainable trail funding concept. Phase 1 project on trail funding exploratory research completed. Phase 2 begins in January 2021.

– Member of the Invasive Species Council Tourism Advisory committee:  Monthly conference calls supporting the Invasive species council work on educational programs for tourism operators to stop the spread of invasive species in BC.  A survey was circulated to WTA members via the newsletter in September. Preparations being made for ISC Video Interview on invasive plants introduction from recreational activities.

– Supporting Small Ship Tour operators project initiative: supporting logistics, communications and project management for the Marine Debris Removal project. Report and budget reporting. Media contacts and interviews. Contract administration and liaison.

– Presentation to the Tourism Task Force on suggestions for changes to the government’s approach on assistance to the tourism industry.

– Attended ATC/WTA Subcommittee conference calls
– Trail Advisory Committee teleconferences on sustainable trail funding concept development
– Invasive Species Council Advisory: Monthly conference call. The survey was circulated to members via newsletter
– Small Ship Tour Operators Project Initiative: Weekly calls supporting logistics & communications. First Nations contract securement and management. Coordinating and administering contract payments. Media interviews.
– Review on government Covid-19 support programs. Liaison with TIABC and the Ministry of Tourism on program effectiveness, grant administration and finalization
– October newsletter distributed to all subscribers 

NEWSLETTERS

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2019
INDUSTRY NEWS
December 17, 2020

Discovery Islands salmon farms to be phased out over the next 18 months
In making the announcement, Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan said all 19 farms have to be free of fish by June 30, 2022, when their renewed 18-month licences expire, and that no new fish can be brought in. 

September 11, 2020

B.C. to protect 353,000 hectares of forest with old-growth trees from logging
The promise comes as the Ministry of Forests released a new report entitled A New Future for Old Forests, meant to guide an overhaul of forestry rules.

September 1, 2020

Idled tourism-ship crews clear garbage from the coastline
A group of coastal marine operators shut down for 100% of their season due to the COVID-19 virus have secured a $3.5 million contract with the provincial government to clean up marine debris fouling the shoreline on BC’s Central Coast.

JUNE 6, 2019
 Dozens of constituents showed up outside the community office of Premier John Horgan… as part of a province-wide protest against the logging of old-growth on [Vancouver] Island.
MAY 12, 2019
Why does the tourism industry care? There are many reasons. Some are economic, but mostly we care about managing natural resources for the future.
MARCH 15, 2019
The federal fisheries minister, Jonathan Wilkinson, and Premier John Horgan said Friday the two governments will provide $142.8 million towards a five-year wild salmon restoration program, with the federal government spending $100 million of the total amount.
January 21, 2019
Though still in its infancy, the Adventure Tourism Coalition (ATC) is already recognized as a major stakeholder in B.C.’s robust tourism industry. However, the head of the organization said there is still work to be done to ensure that the economic importance of the sector is fully recognized.

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