Tourism Support programs

PROVINCIAL SUPPORT PROGRAMS IN TOP INDUSTRY SECTORS

Development and Support

Remarkable Experiences Program

Destination BC is proud to offer tourism businesses in BC a unique opportunity to explore new ways to improve their travel experiences while increasing their revenue potential. Destination BC has analysed travel data, gathered input from small businesses, refined curriculum and sourced industry experts - the result is the Remarkable Experiences Program.

Tourism Business Essentials Guides

The Tourism Business Essentials guides are free, practical resources for tourism operators to learn more about the tourism industry and about how to build their businesses. 

Other Tourism Industry Guides

This 90-page handbook was produced to help community leaders throughout B.C. realize greater benefits from tourism. It serves as a comprehensive introduction to the industry, and outlines an effective community-based tourism planning process.

Tourism Workforce Development

Destination British Columbia works with a variety of industry partners to address key issues facing human resource development and education in the tourism sector.

go2HR

go2 is an independent, non-profit industry association that assists B.C.’s tourism industry to recruit, retain and train employees to support industry growth.

Webinar

Destination BC is pleased to offer this short 60 minute webinar introducing the power of social media and online reviews. Tourism stakeholders will learn where they should focus their attention and how they can participate and manage their online reputation.

Visitor Services Innovation Fund

Destination BC’s Visitor Services Innovation Fund (Innovation Fund) is an application-based program that provides support to full-status members of British Columbia’s Visitor Services Network Program to enable innovative and future-forward visitor services.

Economic Development funding and grants search tool

To search various funding sources for provincial and other (non-governmental, regional, federal) programs and initiatives.

Financial Support

Destination BC Co-op Marketing Partnerships Program

Destination British Columbia

provides co-operative marketing and promotion support to Regional Destination Marketing Organizations, Community Consortiums, Sector Organizations or approved Individual and Paired Communities in British Columbia.

Regional Tourism Programs

Destination British Columbia works with regional, community and industry partners on multiple programs designed to support the growth of the industry through cooperative marketing and development initiatives.

Municipal and Regional District Tax Program

Destination British Columbia

Provides funding for local tourism marketing, programs and projects. The tax is intended to help grow BC revenues, visitation and jobs, and amplify BC's tourism marketing efforts in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) program

The program is intended to assist small, tourism-based municipalities to support and increase visitation. The RMI program funds projects which result in key outcomes for resort-based communities.

Tourism Events Program Destination British Columbia

Provides funding for events that raise awareness of B.C.'s tourism brands nationally and internationally, and that motivate Canadians and people from around the world to travel and experience B.C.'s natural beauty and world class infrastructure.

Market Development

HelloBC Listings Program

Destination British Columbia

The HelloBC® Listings program connects consumers to tourism products they may want to experience while visiting BC.

Destination Development Planning

Destination British Columbia is working in new ways to develop products and destinations, increase quality of visitor experiences, and ensure a high standard of services and amenities are in place to generate and sustain long-term demand for BC’s tourism industry.

Introduction to Online Reputation Management for BC Tourism Businesses

In this free seminar for BC tourism operators, we show you how to build a positive online reputation by delivering remarkable experiences and acting on customer feedback. We explore ways to use social media to build awareness, increase customer satisfaction and attract more travellers.

Advanced Online Reputation Management for BC Tourism Businesses

This seminar is best suited for tourism operators and destination marketing organizations who have participated in the fundamentals workshop or have a solid understanding of social media and wish to take activities to the next level.

Social Media Visitor Services Program

Destination BC’s Social Media Visitor Services Program was created to provide an innovative way to connect with travellers online and provide the same level of exceptional service that people are experiencing in Visitor Centres.

Destination BC Co-op Marketing Partnerships Program

Destination British Columbia

FEDERAL SUPPORT PROGRAMS IN TOP INDUSTRY SECTORS

 

Financial Support

ATAC Tourism Development Funding Support Program

Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada (ATAC) To assist in providing expertise and funding support to Canadian Aboriginal tourism businesses wishing to improve their market-ready and export-ready status in order to have the opportunity to gain greater marketplace awareness, larger volumes of visitors and sustainable business growth.

Market Development

Meetings, Conventions and Incentive Travel (MC&IT) program

The Meetings, Conventions and Incentive Travel (MC&IT) program generates business leads for Canadian partners, such as provincial marketing organizations, destination marketing organizations and hotels.

Millennial travel

Destination Canada

Destination Canada has teamed up with provincial, destination and national travel partners to develop a campaign that inspires Canadian millennials to travel Canada leading up to, during and beyond Canada’s 150th birthday.

Canadian Signature Experiences (CSE)

Destination Canada

Destination Canada’s Canadian Signature Experiences (CSE) are a collection of once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences found only in Canada

Foreign Convention and Tour Incentive Program

Department of Finance Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency

To support our tourism sector and further secure Canada’s place as a destination of choice for group travel

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