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Victoria’s tourism industry is reporting a strong but flat season so far this year, as it competes with the success it had in 2016.

According to figures released Thursday by Chemistry Consulting, the industry is in good shape, though it’s not seeing the big gains it did last year.

“Wet weather conditions in May slightly dampened hotel occupancy, but it’s important to remember that when comparing performance year over year, 2016 was a record year for tourism in Victoria,” said industry consultant and Chemistry principal Frank Bourree.

July 6, 2017 by admin

Tim Hortons Saanich franchise had to scale back hours last month as a result of a lack of staff.

A sizzling job market. High housing costs. Changing social norms. An aging society. These are just some of the larger realities that currently confront local employers in the low-to-medium wage sector such as fast food.

Catherine Holt, chief executive officer of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, knows their struggle well. Businesses across the region are struggling to fill minimum wage jobs, she said.

June 22, 2017 by admin

Tourism on mid-Vancouver Island continues to flourish in a comeback from the global recession of 2008, but a tight labour market and outside pressures will continue to challenge Parksville and Qualicum Beach in their efforts to retain and grow their tourism-related economy.

That was the message of Frank Bourree, principal owner of Victoria-based Chemistry Consulting Group, who served as guest speaker at a joint Parksville-Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce dinner at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre Thursday, May 11.

May 15, 2017 by admin

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