Up and running for 2017!

January tends to be a quiet month for tourism in many communities and, as such, it’s encouraging to see Nanaimo’s tourism indicators starting strong in 2017: January occupancy was 48.6% (up over 6% compared to January of last year), there were almost 13 times the number conference centre delegate days, and the number of airport passengers grew by almost 4.4%. Although ferry numbers were down on the Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay route, this decline was largely offset by traffic growth on the Tsawwassen-Duke Point route.

  • Are you planning a festival, event or sports tourism initiative for Nanaimo in 2017? If so, check out the Nanaimo Hospitality Association website to see if you’re eligible to apply for a Nanaimo Hospitality Grant (the current grant intake opened on Feb. 28th). Grant program objectives are to drive overnight visitation by increasing the number of new festivals and events; augment the capacity, length and/or quality of existing festivals and events; or, support minor capital projects that will allow an organization to augment the capacity, length and/or quality of a sporting event. See www.nanaimohospitality.ca.
  • The Island Coast Economic Trust (ICET) will be providing $30,000 towards the Salish Sea Marine Trail Project, a 257-km marine route running from Victoria to West Vancouver via Nanaimo, the Gulf Islands and the Sunshine Coast. The project will connect the route’s access and destination points with related businesses such as accommodation, food and beverage providers, and outdoor equipment suppliers, and, ultimately, will link marine-accessible provincial and national park campsites with the new service hub areas to strategically market the Salish Sea Marine Trail as a new focal point for clean, green, adventure ecotourism along the BC coast.
  • On April 3 and 4, the BC Hotel Association (BCHA) and Alliance of Beverage Licensees of BC (ABLE BC) will be hosting their annual Summit at the Victoria Conference Centre. Delegates will have the opportunity to attend education sessions addressing important industry issues, visit key industry suppliers in the Marketplace and celebrate the BCHA 100th anniversary at the Gala Dinner. Please visit www.summit2017.ca for more information on the program and events. Early bird registration closes March 10th!

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