October 2018 - Strong Results Continue!

With a year-to-date hotel occupancy rate of 78.3%, we are sure to see some hotel developers take notice of Victoria! In the past 10 years, Victoria has lost 17 hotels and over 1,100 rooms to condo or social housing development. Time for some new hotels – if the land and building costs support the development!

  • Congratulations to all winners of the 2018 Canadian Tourism Awards, especially the BC-based winners including Accent Inns – Business of the Year award; The Paisley Notebook – Culinary Tourism Experience award; Quaaout Lodge and Talking Rock Golf Course – Indigenous Cultural Tourism award; Tourism Richmond “Pacific. Authentic” – Marketing Campaign of the Year award; Cities in Sync – Tourism Victoria, Tourism Saskatoon and Destination St. Johns – Canada Innovator of the Year award; and finally, Nancy Stibbard, Capilano Group - Lifetime Achievement award.
  • Join peers and stakeholders in Victoria for the second annual IMPACT Sustainability Travel & Tourism Conference, January 20-23, 2019. To learn more and register visit impactnational.ca.
  • Hotel occupancy data from the last three years along with business feedback from Destination Victoria’s major attractions partners suggest the summer season is extending well into September and October. This shift is most likely due to international tour operators being able to secure incremental hotel room inventory in the spring and fall months as well as favourable weather in the shoulder seasons. Destination Greater Victoria has been working very hard to promote the spring and fall season to tour operator partners.
  • Congratulations to Greater Victoria's Mandy Farmer, President of Accent Inns/Hotel Zed who was named to the Tourism Industry Association of Canada's Board of Directors. Mandy will serve on this board along with Paul Nursey ensuring strong Greater Victoria and British Columbia presence.
  • Planning is well underway for the 2019 BC Tourism Industry Conference, taking place in Vancouver, February 27-March 1, 2019. Visit the website to check out program information. Also consider making a donation to the Silent Auction and nominating a tourism individual or organization for a BC Tourism Industry Award!


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