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The Road to Recovery - December Edition

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Thank you for taking part in our first ever Virtual AGM & Summit

The AGM & Summit was filled with inspiration and education to support tourism in Moving Forward Better through Recovery, Resiliency, and Regeneration.

We are thrilled that the virtual format allowed us to connect with over 50 speakers and 500 delegates from British Columbia and around the world.

As a virtual event, many aspects will live beyond the days of the event.

Here’s How to Stay Connected:
Keynote & Panel Recordings Now Available
The session recordings are now available and can be viewed any time until December 25, 2020.

To access the sessions and Trade Show booths, log in to and go to the Agenda through the Auditorium on the top navigation bar or the black text signs in the Lobby. 

Post-Event Survey
As this was our first ever virtual event, we would like to know more about your experience. Please complete this short survey to share your feedback.

Silent Auction

The virtual Silent Auction will continue on Bidding Owl until December 21. Proceeds from the silent auction will support tourism & hospitality students through the CCCTA Tourism Excellence Scholarship Program.
Winning bidders will be contacted after the auction closes and the auction item will then be emailed or mailed.

Welcome to New B.C. Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, and Sport

Last week the Province of B.C. announced the Honourable Melanie Mark as the new Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, and Sport. We welcome the Honourable Melanie Mark to this new portfolio and recognize that the coming months will be extremely busy as we collectively work towards Moving Forward Better and to ensure the tourism industry is able to meet the challenges of today and the months to come.

On a final note, we want to express our appreciation to the Honourable Minister Lisa Beare for her dedication to our industry over the past several years.

CCCTA Board of Directors

We would like to take the time to thank our returning board members as well as extending a warm welcome to our newest board member Marshall Fremlin.

CCCTA Board Members
Andre Kuerbis – AFK Consulting
Jayme Kennedy – Bella Coola Mountain Lodge
Mike Retasket – Aboriginal Affects Consulting
Anton Forster – Danfor Developments
Chris Nelson – Copper Sun Journeys & Gallery
Brenda Van Ember – The Historic Chilcotin Lodge
Marshall Fremlin –  Dragonfly Resort Management, Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort

 Federal Government Program Announcements

CEBA Announcement

Expansion of the Canadian Emergency Business Account (CEBA).Starting on Friday, December 4, 2020, eligible businesses facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic are able to access a second CEBA loan of up to $20,000 – on top of the initial $40,000 that was available to small businesses.

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Fall Economic Statement 2020

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, released Supporting Canadians and Fighting COVID-19: Fall Economic Statement 2020. This plan will continue to protect Canadians’ health, jobs and the economy.

Read Highlights Here

Give The Gift of Future Travel 

This Christmas may look a little different, but it doesn’t mean we can’t dream about travel in the future to our local destinations here in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast, right in our own backyard. This holiday season give the gift of wide open spaces!

Taking Care of Business

A Community Futures Program, providing funding for training and one-on-one support for businesses in the participating regions. 

Your business team will have access to free online workshops and webinars, professional business support, and up to $7500 in specific business training. 

Ideas Labs 

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Ideas Labs in 2020! Stay tuned for new Ideas Labs in January 2021! The Ideas Labs bring small groups together in a business-to-business learning environment to address hot topics where solutions to common problems are discussed and shared, and new ideas are incubated. 

Click here to access the 2020 Topic Recaps:

For more information please email Kristi at

CRD Launches Broadband Connectivity Survey

The Cariboo Regional District (CRD) is conducting a survey of residents, businesses, organizations and institutions regarding broadband service in the region. The purpose of the survey is to obtain information and feedback about existing internet and cellular services in the CRD, to assist with future planning and strategy development intended to improve high speed internet service in rural areas.

The survey can be filled out online at:

Business Survey

More Info here.

Measuring Canadian Travel Patterns

The Cariboo Chilcotin Coast saw a 34% increase in visitation over British Columbia during Week 43 (November 22-29). Visitation to the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast increased by 22% and British Columbia increased by 4% when comparing Week 42 (November 16-22) to Week 43 (November 22-29).

The week of September 6 saw the highest number of Domestic Overnight Visitation since the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic, increasing by 60% compared to the same week in 2019.

BC Residents comfort levels with activities listed:73% are somewhat comfortable visiting a provincial park, 57% are somewhat comfortable eating in a restaurant and 69% are somewhat comfortable visiting a lake.

Get ready for the Canadian LGBT+ tourism opportunity

Results from new national research indicate that 90% of Canadian LGBT+ travellers intend to travel domestically this year amidst international travel uncertainty. This represents a $12 billion leisure travel opportunity for a sector devastated by COVID-19.

Is your business market-ready? Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Tourism HR Canada, is eager to help you welcome LGBT+ travellers to your region! National LGBT+ Tourism Project programming is available for free for a limited time thanks to funding from the Government of Canada. 

We are pleased to now share two engaging digital workshops: we continue to offer Navigating LGBT+ Diversity and Inclusion in the Tourism Industry and we are excited to launch our LGBT+ Travel Market-Ready Seminars. Register today for one or both! 

Great Bear Rain Forest added to Aurora Expeditions Itinerary 

Thank you to the tireless work of our own Beverly Evans in the Travel Trade department, we just received word that the Great Bear Rainforest has been added to Aurora Expeditions Wild & Remote itinerary!

Click here for more information. 

Welcome to our Newest Team Member! 

Alison Duddy has joined our team as the Tourism Accessibility Coordinator. Her main duties will focus on supporting the team in advancing accessible and inclusive tourism throughout the region, including supporting tourism business development and related consumer marketing activities.

Alison can be reached by email at 

Holiday Office Hours   

A reminder that our office will be closed for the Christmas Holidays from
December 21, 2020 to January 1, 2021.
We will be open again on January 4, 2021.

At this time, some of our staff members are working from home. Email is always a great way to get a hold of our team. If you have an urgent matter please contact the office directly at (250) 392-2226.