June 2017 - Weather Dampens Visitation in June

Rainy conditions continuing into early June dampened hotel occupancies compared to 2016. Hotel occupancy, room rate and RevPAR are all still up year-to-date and we still expect a record year for Nanaimo’s tourism industry. However, operators are reporting severe labour shortages for cooks, chefs and housekeeping staff which may impact their ability to fully leverage the potential of this year’s tourism activity.

  • Save the Date! Chemistry Consulting Group will be hosting our annual networking breakfast in Nanaimo on Friday, September 15. Our guest speaker this year will be Matthew Larsen, Associate with Fasken Martineau. He will be speaking on the legal pitfalls that employers face from the “hiring to the firing”. Mark your calendars and watch for an email with registration information!
  • The labour shortage in BC has claimed another victim in the height of the tourist season. North 48 restaurant, in Victoria, announced that it will close for the month of August due to lack of kitchen staff. The restaurant had only three “real” candidates apply for open positions in the last three months – two never showed up for their trial shifts and the third declined the job offer for a position outside the industry. Chemistry is fielding calls and inquiries daily from foodservice businesses looking for kitchen staff.
  • Chemistry Consulting is currently recruiting for a new Executive Director for Tourism Tofino. Please review the full job description here: www.chemistryconsulting.ca/hr-consulting-current-opportunities. Applications will be accepted until August 11, 2017.



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