Connecting Vancouver Island Tourism Colleagues

TVI 2019 Conference

TVI 2019 Conference

Tourism Vancouver Island’s Annual Conference is an event I try to attend every year.  Connecting with my fellow tourism colleagues face-to-face in a social and learning environment is high on my priority list.  We are in the business of sharing our local communities with visitors and helping to make people feel welcome, so it simply makes sense in my mind to make an effort to connect with other tourism professionals across Vancouver Island (and beyond, but that’s another post).

This year, I sponsored the B2B Networking Session and put together an interactive booth designed to get encourage conference attendees to share ideas, tips, and favourite experiences around the island.  I loved it!  As with every post I write here, please feel free to connect with me if you’d like to discuss anything.

#whatsyourleisure #IlovewhereIlive

Here are some of the ideas that participants shared:


Lightroom, Slack, Evernote, Receipt Bank, Windy, Canon Irista, trade publications, Later, Crowdriff, Checkfront, Mindtools, a pen & paper, Legacy by James Kerr, Quickbooks, subscription newsletters, Airtable, news websites, ITBC, ITAC

Favourite Experiences

Little Huson Caves, U’mista Cultural Centre, Duncan Farmers’ Market, Caledonia Distillery, Ghostly Walking Tour, farming communities, mountain biking & wine, boardwalk at Alert Bay, bear viewing & whale watching, Henry Nolla’s Carving Shed, Coastal Trail on Quadra, kayaking on Quadra, Paddle & Pizza with Island Joy Rides, crabbing & salmon fishing, Comox Valley Farmers’ Market, 40 Knots Winery, wildlife viewing, Yuquot on Nootka Island, beer & spirit tours, Rosewell Creek Provincial Park, Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours, Cedar Farmers’ Market.

Not for Profit Organizations/Charities/Board/Volunteering

Campbell River Salmon Foundation, PAC, BC Winter Games, Brant Wildlife Festival, North Island Marine Mammals Stewardship Association, Surfrider Foundation Vancouver Island, Oak Bay Tourism, Nanaimo Area Land Trust, Wilderness International, Conference Centres of Canada, Gillard Pass Fisheries Society, Nootka Sound Watershed Society, Pacific Salmon Foundation, Lush Valley, North Island Chef’s Association, Marine Education Research Society, OrcaLab, ITBC, Trail Stewardship Society, Nanaimo Hospital Foundation, Little League, 1% for the Planet, Wilderness Tourism Association, Tidemark Theatre Society.

Habit or Process in the Workplace

Staff perks amplified, openness to new opportunities, Google docs for ongoing communications, Google for business, Airtable, branding, monthly challenges, weekly planning, collaboration with FN, walking to work, middle of the day dog walks, daily walks (30 mins – 2 hours), social media advertising, slowing down, Google Analytics, early starts for afternoons off, forest therapy walks, strategy vs reactivity, eliminating single use plastics, reusable lunch bags + water bottles with water stations for guests, weekly cash flow/forecasting with accountants.