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Despite accumulations of snow during the first two months of the year, Greater Victoria’s tourism industry is out of the gates quickly in 2019 with early numbers suggesting the region is in for another record year.

Numbers compiled by Chemistry Consulting show year-to-date hotel occupancy and revenue per available room are both ahead of last year’s pace. Average occupancy was 57 per cent in the first two months of this year, up 0.43 per cent, while revenue per available room was up 34 cents to $78.32.

April 3, 2019 by admin

Tourism Vancouver Island has won a five-year contract to promote Nanaimo.

The value of the new contract with the city is $650,000 annually, with annual cost-of-living increases after the first year, said Anthony Everett, president and chief executive of Tourism Vancouver Island. It runs from April 1 to the end of March 2024.

Frank Bourree, a partner in Chemistry Consulting which analyzes Nanaimo’s tourism performance, praised the five-year deal, but said Tourism Vancouver Island should be getting a higher amount to do its job.

January 9, 2019 by admin

The labour crisis that has held Greater Victoria in its grip for the last several years shows no signs of abating, and continues to force company executives and business owners to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty on the front lines.

“It’s definitely all hands on deck,” said Al Hasham, owner of Maximum Express Courier.

November 10, 2018 by admin

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