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Greater Victoria’s tourism industry was firing on all cylinders last year and early indications suggest it should continue flying through 2018, according to numbers released this week by Chemistry Consulting.

All indicators, except hotel occupancy were up in 2017, Chemistry said in a review of the tourism year.

“I think we are likely to see similar numbers through 2018. In fact, there’s reason to believe we might see some upward growth in occupancy and room rate this year,” said Chemistry principal Frank Bourree.

February 1, 2018 by admin

Greater Victoria is facing an employment “crisis” and it will take a multi-pronged attack to deal with it, according to a human resources consultant.

Statistics Canada reported the country had an unemployment rate of 5.7 per cent — a 40-year low — in December and that Victoria now has the second-lowest unemployment rate in the country at 3.4 per cent.

Frank Bourree, principal of Chemistry Consulting in Victoria, said inaction is not an option as businesses scramble to attract workers.

January 8, 2018 by admin

True to the body shape of the season’s central character, employment during the winter experiences a seasonal bulge as companies hire additional staff to handle the busy shopping season.

While no formal statistics exist, a quick search through the various job sites underscores this point. Indeed.com lists 89 seasonal jobs within 25 kilometres of Victoria, ranging across retail, horticulture, transportation, and hospitality. Monster.ca lists 30 seasonal jobs with postings overlapping Indeed.com.

December 13, 2017 by admin

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