COVID-19 Updates: Information for businesses, employees and consumers

With so much information about the COVID-19 crisis, it can be very confusing.  Most if not all businesses in the tourism industry are feeling the impacts from the unprecedented quarantine measures imposed by governments around the world to deal with the crisis.  How businesses will recover is anyone’s guess, but aid and stimulus packages are being announced at both the provincial and federal levels. Here are a few useful links for businesses looking for help as well as support for staff whose jobs may be affected. Federal programs and updates: Help for businesses Help for individuals Provincial programs and updates: BC Government Support and Information BC Centre for Disease Control Updates All BC tourism industry stakeholders should also refer to the latest updates from Destination BC Destination BC’s COVID 19 Updates Health authorities have been clear to avoid all non-essential travel and to practice social distancing and elevated personal hygiene when in the presence of other people.  This message should be applied consistently by all members of the tourism industry.  Businesses can refer their customers to the following link Hello BC - What You Need to Know If we all work together, we will get through this and demonstrate the resilience of the tourism...

New Publication: Working in a Good Way

The Outdoor Recreation Council of BC has released a publication for recreation groups that wish to work cooperatively with Indigenous communities in BC.  Authored by Patrick Lucas, founder of the Aboriginal Youth Mountain Bike Program, the guide offers insights into building healthy relationships through mutual understanding.  View the...

2019 MBTA AGM announced – June 18 at 11am

Notice of an Annual General Meeting for Western Canada Mountain Bike Tourism Association (MBTA) Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 at 11am PST - via conference call Call in details will be provided to members and partners one week prior to the AGM The AGM is being held for the following purposes: To receive the report of the directors and the accounts for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019 To re-elect board members who under the bylaws of the association and, being eligible, are offering themselves for re-election as directors To elect new directors to the association who wish to be nominated – nomination form – nominees must be current partners/members or may also be recognized stakeholders in the mountain biking sector To consider and, if thought fit, pass any resolutions which may be proposed as a special resolution – special resolutions will be advised in advance of the AGM A reminder including the agenda, board vacancies, and further details will be sent to all members approximately one week prior to the meeting date. For more information, please contact Martin Littlejohn at...

Mountain Bike Tourism Creates Jobs and Significant Contributions to Local Economies

Regional economic impact study shows major growth of mountain bike tourism in Sea to Sky Corridor. Vancouver, BC – June 21, 2018 – Whistler, Pemberton, Squamish, and North Vancouver receive a significant share of the estimated 9.2 million overnight visitors that come to the Vancouver, Coast and Mountains tourism region each year according to Destination BC’s Regional Tourism Profile.  An increasing number of visitors are coming specifically for mountain biking from other parts of BC, Alberta, the US and Overseas.  BC has gained legendary status as a mountain biking destination from being featured in countless videos, photographs, and media articles in print and online publications over the past two decades.  Mountain biking has transitioned from being a fringe sport into a mainstream recreational activity, following a similar growth pattern as skiing and snowboarding.  Mountain biking is being embraced by communities throughout the province who see its value both as a local recreation asset as well as a tourism generator. The Mountain Bike Tourism Association (MBTA), in cooperation with community partners and Destination British Columbia, has released the overall results from the 2016 Sea to Sky Mountain Biking Economic Impact Study.  The overall results include a comparison with the previous study completed in 2006 using the same methodology. The results show: Mountain biking visitor expenditures in the Corridor has increased by nearly 100% since the 2006 study, rising from $31.7 million in 2006 to $70.6 million in 2016. The number of jobs supported by mountain bike tourism has grown from 309 in 2006 to an estimated 687 jobs in 2016 with wages totaling $35.9 million. Taxes generated by mountain bike...

Provincial MTB Advocacy to be lead by IMBA Canada’s BC Council

An evening gathering of mountain bike stakeholders was held on June 1st, 2018 in Whistler at the Whistler Museum. The meeting was organized to seek support and stakeholder feedback for IMBA Canada’s BC Council as the province’s lead organization for mountain bike advocacy.  The council was originally formed in 2016 with representation from each region of the province and has been actively addressing issues faced by clubs in many parts of the province. The next steps include registering the IMBA Canada BC Council as a non-profit society and to implement a funding model to support an operational budget for the council. Link: Summary notes from the June 1st meeting. For more information about the BC Council please contact AJ Strawson, Executive Director, IMBA Canada aj.strawson@imbacanada.com or Jay Darbyshire, Chair, BC Council...

Mountain Bike Tourism Symposium comes to Revelstoke

Revelstoke, BC  April 10, 2017 – What do mountain bikers look for in a destination? Great trails, mountain scenery, friendly towns with a passion for outdoor adventure…sounds like Revelstoke! This September 13th to 15th, Revelstoke will host the fourth bi-annual Mountain Bike Tourism Symposium attracting mountain bikers and industry professionals from across the province and beyond. Revelstoke is one of Canada’s most up and coming mountain resort communities, appealing to keen outdoor enthusiasts and extreme sport seekers. Surrounded by the Selkirk and Monashee mountain ranges, getting out of doors here is mandatory and extremely convenient. “Revelstoke is a great central location in BC, less than 6 hours away from just about anywhere in the province. We are seeing huge growth in our mountain biking sector, and we are beyond thrilled to host the symposium here this year.” – Meghan Tabor, Tourism Revelstoke With recent upgrades to the alpine classic, Frisby Ridge trail, and the brand new jump trail on Boulder, “The Rooster,” delegates will be thrilled with what the community has to offer. Aside from enjoying the incredible riding opportunities, delegates will learn and share their experiences on a variety of issues impacting the mountain bike tourism sector. The main theme for this year’s event is “stewardship”.  With the growth of mountain biking in past decade and the anticipated increase in mountain biking visitors to BC in the foreseeable future, the mountain bike sector recognizes the challenges that local trail advocates face in caring for the trails.  Finding effective ways to support trail maintenance efforts and increase local capacity is crucial to long term sustainability and success. Tourism Revelstoke,...