Fine February for Tourism in Nanaimo!

February was a relatively positive month for tourism in Nanaimo. Although ferry and airport numbers declined somewhat, this is partly attributable to 2016 being a leap year and to poor weather conditions which put a ‘damper’ on travel activity between the island and mainland. However, the accommodation sector continues to perform well and realized a 67% average occupancy rate in February (with one property closed for renovations) which is up 11% over last year and was likely influenced by a 50% increase in conference centre activity.

  • On April 12th and 13th, VIU in Nanaimo will be hosting the Sustainable Indigenous Tourism Symposium - focused on sharing innovative best practices in community-based methodology and management related to sustainable Indigenous tourism. The symposium will be delivered by Ryerson University and the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, in partnership with the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA), the Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada (ATAC), Vancouver Island University, University of Tasmania, Cape Breton University and Canadian Ecotourism Services. Check this website for more information on the symposium and on registering to attend in-person or virtually: http://sustainableindigenoustourism.com/about.
  • Airbnb, which has been disrupting the hotel sector since it launched its home-rentals service in 2008, will be broadening its role in 2017. The online marketplace has a new Trips platform which allows any individual or small business to create a tourism product – which could be a game changer for the entire travel industry.

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