"Looking ahead, we need to avoid thinking BC tourism businesses have ‘made it’ once restrictions begin to be lifted.
It sounds a bit cliché, but what we can do, what we have to do, is support local. The viability of many of our restaurants, shops, attractions, and hotels will be depending on it.
While we expect to see some visitors from other parts of Canada at some point this year, there will be limited opportunities to welcome visitors from south of the border, and even fewer opportunities to welcome visitors from overseas. So, we will be the ones creating the revenue and demand for BC businesses throughout 2020. We know we won’t be able to fill the void created by lack of international visitors this year, but we must do what we can to try and create enough economic activity that would allow tourism businesses to keep their doors open in to 2021.
So, once local businesses are reopened, once travel restrictions begin to be lifted, and once you feel comfortable leaving your home and ‘exploring’, we encourage BC residents to support local business."