Tourism

The British Columbia Hotel Association (BCHA) sent out a sharply worded release late last week, in which it noted that the Tourism Industry Association of BC recently obtained a ‘legal opinion’ on the matter (Alex Passini photo)

Hotel associations push back against any potential ban on inter-provincial, non-essential travel restrictions

B.C. Premier John Horgan is seeking legal advice on banning non-essential travel

 

The number of skiers and snowboarders using the Fernie ski shuttle to get to Fernie Alpine Resort from town is down by 77 per cent this season. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Shuttle use down 77 per cent as travel advisory bites

The ski shuttle in Fernie is reducing it’s frequency to five times a day as a result

 

City of Fernie welcome sign. (File photo)

Light at the end of the tunnel: Tourism industry looks beyond January

The industry is optimistic for the future, but pessimistic for January

 

(Northern Vancouver Island Tourism/Steven Fines)

B.C. tourism industry welcomes relief funding, but some businesses still need reprieve

Until travel restrictions lift, the tourism industry will still face continued struggle, industry says

  • Dec 24, 2020
(Northern Vancouver Island Tourism/Steven Fines)
A trail along Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park, southeast of Kelowna. Photo: Tourism BC

OPINION: Hoping for broader support and better days ahead for tourism sector

Now as we turn the page on 2020, there is room for optimism

  • Dec 22, 2020
A trail along Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park, southeast of Kelowna. Photo: Tourism BC
file photo of fernie alpine resort sign (Scott Tibballs/The Free Press)

Fernie ski shuttle gets going

With reduced capacity due to COVID-spacing, some minor changes have been made

file photo of fernie alpine resort sign (Scott Tibballs/The Free Press)
Susie Grynol, president of the Hotel Association of Canada, speaks at a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on April 30, 2018. The tourism industry was generally pleased this week about news that Ottawa would offer relief for the struggling sector, with the exception of Canada’s major airlines, which are still waiting for more targeted aid. “The industry was at a breaking point, and there were some very important measures in the Fall Economic Statement yesterday that will provide a deeper level of support for this industry,” said Susie Grynol, president and CEO of the Hotel Association of Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Tourism industry has mixed reaction to government aid measures

The government’s plan included specific measures for airports, such as rent relief

Susie Grynol, president of the Hotel Association of Canada, speaks at a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on April 30, 2018. The tourism industry was generally pleased this week about news that Ottawa would offer relief for the struggling sector, with the exception of Canada’s major airlines, which are still waiting for more targeted aid. “The industry was at a breaking point, and there were some very important measures in the Fall Economic Statement yesterday that will provide a deeper level of support for this industry,” said Susie Grynol, president and CEO of the Hotel Association of Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
City of Fernie welcome sign. (File photo)

Tourism Fernie reflects on new public health orders and the impact on tourism

Jikke Gyorki said it was important that everyone batten down the hatches to ensure a safe and successful Christmas season for tourism

City of Fernie welcome sign. (File photo)
A number of locals have voiced safety concerns over Fernie's current skatepark. (File Photo)

Fernie seeks funding for destination skatepark

The project budget is $1.4 million

A number of locals have voiced safety concerns over Fernie's current skatepark. (File Photo)
City of Fernie welcome sign. (File photo)

Tourism Master Plan: Snapshots and insights

The TMP helps guide ideas and directions for tourism in Fernie

City of Fernie welcome sign. (File photo)
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Editorial: Politics, tourism and charity in the Elk Valley

The week that was had a little bit of everything

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Fernie Tourism Master Plan released

Fernie Tourism Master Plan released

The plan had been delayed by the pandemic, which has significantly affected the industry

Fernie Tourism Master Plan released
Outdoor options to fuel winter tourism

Outdoor options to fuel winter tourism

Suppliers in the Elk Valley foresee increased interest over winter

Outdoor options to fuel winter tourism
Jikke Gyorki of Tourism Fernie said many of the drivers behind tourism in the Elk Valley drew more people here than initially expected considering the clampdown on travel during the pandemic. (Phil McLachlan / The Free Press)

That’s a wrap: Summer tourism outperforms pessimistic forecast

Tourism Fernie reported some operators managed to outperform August numbers from 2019

Jikke Gyorki of Tourism Fernie said many of the drivers behind tourism in the Elk Valley drew more people here than initially expected considering the clampdown on travel during the pandemic. (Phil McLachlan / The Free Press)
Kennedy Lake is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike, but more resources are needed to make sure those visiting the area are respecting their surroundings. (Westerly file photo)

Tofino-area First Nation considering closing doors to visitors again

Swamped with tourists, scared of COVID-19, Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation says more support needed

Kennedy Lake is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike, but more resources are needed to make sure those visiting the area are respecting their surroundings. (Westerly file photo)
Carver Ryan Villiers puts finishing touches on the lifelike chainsaw carving of John J. Rambo (played by Sylvester Stallone) before it was installed at Hope’s Memorial Park Aug. 14, 2020. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)

Sylvester Stallone gives shout-out to new Rambo chainsaw carving in Hope, B.C.

Sylvester Stallone, the star behind John J. Rambo, “very proud” of newly installed red cedar work

Carver Ryan Villiers puts finishing touches on the lifelike chainsaw carving of John J. Rambo (played by Sylvester Stallone) before it was installed at Hope’s Memorial Park Aug. 14, 2020. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)
The high performance Mammoth Raft flies down the Elk Canyon. Photo Submitted

Mountain High Adventures races rapids for 25 years

The company offers whitewater rafting, alongside a number of thrilling rentals and tours

The high performance Mammoth Raft flies down the Elk Canyon. Photo Submitted
Hesquiaht Harbour. (Hesquiaht First Nation)

Visitors and non-residents entering closed remote B.C. First Nation’s territories

With limited resources, they say they don’t have any authority or power to enforce the closures

  • Aug 6, 2020
Hesquiaht Harbour. (Hesquiaht First Nation)
Visitors Center along Hwy 5 to the town of Valemount, B.C., with the Cariboo Mountain range in background. (Village of Valemount/Wikimedia Commons)

Northern communities welcome tourists as province opens to in-B.C. travellers

Officials have asked British Columbians to be careful as they travel this summer

  • Jul 6, 2020
Visitors Center along Hwy 5 to the town of Valemount, B.C., with the Cariboo Mountain range in background. (Village of Valemount/Wikimedia Commons)
B.C. accommodators need phone lines to light up as in-province travel given green light

B.C. accommodators need phone lines to light up as in-province travel given green light

Travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic have decimated the tourism and hospitality industries

  • Jul 5, 2020
B.C. accommodators need phone lines to light up as in-province travel given green light