INDIGENOUS TOURISM BC RESPONSE TO COVID-19
This is a challenging time for families, communities and businesses. COVID-19 is now having a major impact on all of us. Collectively, we are following the direction of health authorities to focus on the health and safety of our staff, families and communities, to social distance and flatten the curve to slow COVID-19 in BC.
Indigenous Tourism BC is in regular communication with Indigenous, federal, and provincial governments, Destinations BC, the provincial Tourism Emergency Response Committee, Regional Destination Management Organizations and other industry partners to monitor the situation, learn about the impacts of COVID-19 on the Indigenous tourism industry and ensure there is support as we move forward in these uncertain times.
CONNECTING WITH STAKEHOLDERS
Our relationship with the Indigenous tourism businesses is crucial. We have been reaching out one-on-one, through phone calls and emails. Please connect with us if your Indigenous tourism businesses is being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Indigenous Tourism BC is hosting a weekly call with Indigenous tourism businesses in BC to share ITBCs latest COVID-19 response and learn how this pandemic is affecting businesses directly. A recording of the call will be available soon.
We are asking that Indigenous tourism businesses join Indigenous Tourism BC so we can maintain and strengthen our lines of communication during this crisis. Due to COVID-19, we are waiving all Stakeholder membership fees.
For more information about connecting with ITBC, please email Samantha Rullin, Marketing and Stakeholder Coordinator.
ITBC COVID-19 RECOMMENDATIONS
At this time, Indigenous Tourism BC is recommending the following to support the Indigenous tourism industry to manage the uncertainty and financial loss due to COVID-19.
Our Chair, Brenda Baptiste is in regular communication with Minister Lisa Beare, Ministry for Tourism, Sport & Culture. The message from Minister Lisa Beare to the tourism operators in BC is reassuring in that there will be support for the tourism industry. Indigenous Tourism BC is working closely with Destination BC and industry partners as we prepare for the times ahead.
SUPPORT FOR TOURISM OPERATORS
ITBC COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund
The COVID-19 Emergency Relief Funds Program, offered by Indigenous Tourism BC (ITBC) will provide emergency relief to market-ready Indigenous tourism businesses to address immediate and short-term needs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic that has shuttered the 2020 tourism season. ITBC understands the importance of offering an immediate, short-term financial grant, which is up to $5,000.00 per market-ready Stakeholder. COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund.
ITAC COVID-19 Development Stimulus Fund
Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada has recently announced the COVID-19 Development Stimulus Fund. This fund is dedicated to addressing the impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous tourism businesses in Canada. The goal is to provide relief for those business that are being affected by the impacts of travel restrictions and prepare for the future tourism seasons. This can include market awareness, managing larger volumes of visitors, training qualified staff and designing sustainable businesses growth strategies. ITAC COVID-19 Development Stimulus Fund
For information related to health, business and financial support for the tourism industry, please visit Destination BC for the most up-to-date information related to COVID-19.
CONNECT WITH US
We want to hear from you. If you have questions or concerns about the impact of COVID-19, please email the Indigenous Tourism BC leadership team.
Marketing and Development
Paula Amos, Chief Marketing & Development Officer
Tewanee Joseph, Chief Partnership & Governance Officer
Special Projects and Finance
Henry Tso, Chief Financial Officer