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  • 13 Feb 2024 17:14 | Anonymous

    We're excited to announce the ongoing development of our Mentoring Program, designed to be an inclusive platform for all CTGA of BC members to participate either as a Mentor or a Mentee. This initiative is a work in progress, with continuous improvements and enhancements to better serve our community. Volunteers are warmly welcomed to join us in shaping a program that fosters professional growth and strengthens our network of tourism professionals.

    For more details, visit our Mentoring Page

  • 19 Jan 2024 09:49 | Anonymous

    Thanks to the members that were able to safely make it to the meeting after that nice little January snowstorm. We pivoted and performed the meeting on Zoom for most members and discussed some policy points, as well as our vote for the 2024 Dues.

    The vote passed and we have adopted a new Dues structure for 2024. Please check your profile when you login to your CTGA of BC account on our website for the balance that may be due.

    We also discussed some policies for the organization moving forward with some great feedback from members for us to keep in mind.

    All members were emailed a link to the meeting on our Youtube Channel for you to refer to. If you do not have it, please be sure to reach out 

  • 15 Dec 2023 13:00 | Anonymous

    We had a great turnout to our Christmas party this year, hosted by Rio Brazilian Steakhouse on Denman Street. Thank you goes out to Felipe and his staff for setting up and accommodating us! It was a blast and I think everyone was rolling down the stairs by the end of it. 

    We had nearly 60 members in attendance, our largest for a Christmas Party in years. Thank You!

    We had a few games and lots of prize draws, with everything from Wine, to Capilano Tickets to hotel stays donated and given to members. Huge thanks to Bob, Joanne, Charmaine, Vincent and Glenda from the board and committees for helping arrange it, and shout out to Jeff and Bruna for their assistance as well.

    We are already hoping to get ideas for our party next year, so please feel free to suggest venues, foods, games, prizes, guests you would like us to work for.


  • 12 Oct 2023 18:00 | Anonymous

    After a busy summer back, we had our first members meeting. Held at the YWCA, our guest was MacArthur Glen Outlet Mall detailing their time post COVID and how it can affect us in the Tourism World. Many Thanks to Cindy Wang for providing that information.

    Members also discussed how their summer went as well as some basic discussion of what to expect from the next few members meetings.

    Many thanks to the Board for their help in conducting the meeting, as two members, President Matthew and Treasurer Vincent were off exploring Europe on separate ventures.

    Presidents Address - Please click to view



  • 22 May 2023 12:00 | Anonymous

    Members gathered in April to explore the Rocky Mountaineer station and trains in Vancouver. We were onsite to ask questions and get ready for our trips with guests this summer.

    Special thanks to Rocky Mountaineer for hosting and allowing members to explore and ask questions about the train and the station.


  • 7 Sep 2022 18:00 | Anonymous

    What a wonderful welcome we had from FlyOver Canada as we experienced their new Windborne flight over the Rocky Mountains! Check it out! It's only happening during the month of September (but should be back)!

    Sales Manager Blair Hirtle invited members of the CTGA visit and experience Windborne, Call of the Canadian Rockies

    Please do not hesitate to reach out if you are looking for unique experiences, or a custom time for your guests to be able to appreciate the attraction



  • 20 May 2022 09:12 | Anonymous

    On May 19th, 15 members, with the help of Cantrail Coachlines took off from Canada Place (Cordova Street) to explore the Vancouver to Squamish route and gather a few stamps for the Passport Challenge from the Vancouver Attractions.

    A quick jaunt through Stanley Park to check the accessibility of the lanes for a motor coach and a failed attempt to visit the Trestle bridge did not deter the group from exploring! Spoiler alert, while the bridge is finished, the neighbourhood is not, and there will NOT be any parking for full size tour vehicles (sadly)

    The first stop was at Sea to Sky Gondola. Group Sales Coordinator Fabiola Riske led us through the process of booking, picking up and getting our guests up the gondola. Please note, it does not look like they will be utilizing the bracelet system this year for tour groups (they aren't expecting as many groups), so if you are bringing a group, there is not currently a system to skip the line and come down as in years past. Please plan accordingly for your timings.



    3 members initially signed up for a flight with Sea to Sky Air, however upon arrival the pull of the propellor enticed 3 more to join. The skies were clear and beautiful, and warmly welcomed after the wetter then normal year we have this last few months. Many thanks to David and his team of pilots for getting them aloft! While you can receive the stamps for this flight, you will also, after redemption of your passport a 15% Discount for all their products.


    A brief stop in downtown Squamish for lunch along Cleveland Avenue preceded our visit to the Britannia Mining Museum.



    Many thanks to Tamsyn Jenkins (Sales and Marketing Manager) and Derek Hang (Manager of Interpretive Delivery) for hosting us. Derek was an excellent host, informative, articulate and enthusiastic. He knew how to tailor the experience for industry professionals and maintain the balance. We even received a behind the scenes look at their newest exhibit, opening today. More Than A Mine examines the recreational lifestyle for residents of the townsite supporting the mine and is in the old welding and machine shop. Well worth a stop!



    A few more minutes on the road allowed a brief photo stop at Porteau Cove Provincial Park before heading back to the city with passports in hand and a little more complete!

    A full album of photos can be found HERE


  • 10 May 2022 20:23 | Anonymous

    Hello All

    May 10th saw nearly 30 members join Steveston resident and Member Shirley Hartwell on a fam of the town, the operations, business and even a couple of stamps. We had a great time catching up, seeing some of the industry partners in action and filling out the passports.

    The Cannery, The Shipyard as well as the businesses are offering stamps for those that need to fill out there booklets. By visiting a number of businesses, you can get the neighbourhood stamps, and, hopefully get to experience the local business.

    Steveston Whale Watching is offering discount rates for you as an industry member (not for your guests or significant others) as well as commission for those guests that you do bring. If you wish to have those details, please click the link HERE

    Thank you to all that came out, and those businesses that provided the information and time to get us up to date!

    There are some photos in the attached album HERE

    Of special note, if you are in Steveston, local business Juvelisto is a Ukrainian owned shop that is collecting donations for those in Ukraine affected and displaced by the ongoing war. If you are able, anything you can contribute would be appreciated.


  • 14 Apr 2022 09:57 | Anonymous

    Hello!

    The books are in our hands, and they are being prepared. In advance of you receiving them, please check out this map that lays out the FREE attractions you can participate in. There are more attractions listed that give stamps, with a small fee, and many neighbourhood and hotel listings as well.


    Please see the map HERE

  • 13 Apr 2022 17:28 | Anonymous

    Thanks again to member Bob Sung, who, with his company A Wok Around Chinatown provided members an up close look at both his services, but worked to dispel some of the myths regarding Chinatown in its modern day.

    It was a cooler day, but fortunately the rain (and hail!) held off until later. Members enjoyed the new Chinatown Storytelling Centre, apple tarts at Newtown Bakery, tea at The Chinese Tea Shop and more!

    A full album of the event can be see HERE



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