Comox Valley Economic Development Society and Tourism Vancouver Island Partner to Deliver Tourism Services
Supporting economic recovery for the tourism sector through the pandemic
IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 16, 2020, Comox Valley, B.C. – Comox Valley Economic Development Society (CVEDS) and Tourism Vancouver Island (TVI) have entered into a service agreement whereby TVI will manage the Vancouver Island (Comox Valley) Visitor Centre as well as manage tourism marketing for the communities in the Comox Valley. This agreement is effective January 1, 2021 and will be in place for two years.
“This agreement provides for short-term support for Comox Valley Economic Development Society, Comox Valley municipalities and the businesses it engages with, during a time of organizational change,” says Bill Anglin, Chair of the Comox Valley Destination Marketing Advisory Committee. “As CVEDS also navigates the effects and challenges of the pandemic on our local economy and tourism industry, our need for assistance with visitor support and recovery marketing is compounded.”
“Tourism Vancouver Island is leading the tourism industry’s recovery in the Vancouver Island region by adapting to the evolving needs of tourism businesses and communities,” says Anthony Everett, President & CEO, TVI. “We are committed to aiding the survival of nearly 3,500 tourism stakeholders in the region through supports such as our advocacy role to government, Vancouver Island Coastal Tourism Resiliency Program and service agreements, where needed.”
Tourism Vancouver Island periodically enters into service agreements with community destination marketing organizations, or tourism operators, in the areas of marketing, development, governance and visitor support. TVI provides these services where it is believed the expertise of team members, and the stability and structure the organization can provide, improves the tourism eco-system as a whole within the Vancouver Island region and province. Service agreements are typically interim solutions meant to develop long-term resiliency for the partner, and are not profit-driven ventures for the Tourism Vancouver Island business model.
Examples of past and current Tourism Vancouver Island service agreements include: governance structures for Tourism Ucluelet, marketing services for the Regional District of Mount Washington (Vancouver Island North Tourism), brand identity development for Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours, and visitor services for the City of Nanaimo.
About Comox Valley Economic Development Society:
The Comox Valley Economic Development Society (CVEDS) was formed in 1988 and is a non-profit society with annual funding from the City of Courtenay, Town of Comox, and the Comox Valley Regional District areas A, B and C and is responsible for the delivery of economic development services on their behalf. Its mission is to encourage responsible expansion of the economic base of the Comox Valley with the intent of enhancing wealth and employment opportunities. CVEDS helps existing businesses grow, and works with potential investors and entrepreneurs to realize the benefits of investing and doing business in the Comox Valley. For more information, visit www.discovercomoxvalley.com.
About Tourism Vancouver Island:
As one of five not-for-profit destination management and marketing organizations within the province, Tourism Vancouver Island’s mission is to support Vancouver Island’s evolution into a globally preferred travel destination. Governed by a volunteer board of directors, the association represents tourism stakeholders throughout the region, including Victoria, Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, and a stretch of mainland coast between Moses and Bute inlets. Tourism Vancouver Island gratefully acknowledges funding from the Province of B.C. through the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport. For more information, visit www.tourismvi.ca.
Destination Marketing Advisory Committee:
A note from Chair Bill Anglin, view here.
Comox Valley Economic Development Society
President & CEO
Tourism Vancouver Island