Stakeholder Events - Vancouver Island North

2019 Tourism Season Launch Event
Thursday, May 2, Doors open at 1 PM

At the Kwa’lilas Hotel and nax’id’ Pub
9040 Granville Street in Port Hardy
Sessions 1:30 – 4:30 PM
Social 4:30 – 6:30 PM

Each spring, Vancouver Island North Tourism hosts a stakeholder event that offers educational sessions and a chance for local tourism operators to do some pre-season networking.

This event is FREE to attend.

Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, April 30.
Please contact 250-740-1217 or email to register


1:00 PM Doors open

1:30 PM Welcome & Introductions

1:45 PM Northern Vancouver Island Destination Development Strategy
Destination BC and Tourism Vancouver Island are proud to present the Northern Vancouver Island Destination Development Strategy. Co-created with North Island tourism partners, the strategy identifies the North Island’s path to thoughtfully developing a sustainable tourism industry that provides maximum benefits to businesses, residents, natural systems and guests.

Presented by: Jody Young, Senior Project Advisor, Destination BC and Calum Matthews, Director, Destination Development, Tourism Vancouver Island

2:30 PM Networking Break

2:45 PM Collaboration and Partnerships with Indigenous Tourism Experiences
The Vancouver Island North region has a wealth of engaging and successful indigenous tourism experiences. Discover how tourism businesses can develop meaningful relationships with indigenous businesses as well as Indigenous Tourism BC, to create partnerships that further enrich the opportunities available to visitors.
Presented by: Linda Calla, Coordinator, Corporate Services & Regional Projects, Indigenous Tourism BC

3:30 PM Networking Break

3:45 PM Digital Readiness: How to Drive Sales This Summer
Join us for a discussion about what it means for your business to be digitally ready in 2019. Find out more about how you can capitalize on consumer behaviour and how to draw more travellers to your business this summer through platforms like Google Maps, Yelp, and TripAdvisor.

Presented by: Dana Wacker, Digital Strategist, Tourism Vancouver Island

4:30 PM Wrap-up

4:30 PM Tourism Social
After the formal schedule is wrapped up, we will move to the pub to continue casual networking.

Grab a drink or a bite to eat with your tourism colleagues. Light appetizers will be served. Cash bar with drink specials.

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Thank you to Community Futures Mount Waddington for their contribution to this event.