B.C. Tourism Awards Finalists Revealed


The B.C. Hotel Association (BCHA) and the Tourism Industry Association of B.C. (TIABC) have announced the finalists of the 2023 BC Tourism and Hospitality Awards.

The awards recognize and celebrate excellence, leadership, and innovation within B.C.’s tourism and hospitality industry, showcasing the province’s most exceptional leaders and positive change-makers.

Following a call for submissions, the awards organizing committee received hundreds of nominations, highlighting the exceptional talent and initiative across our industry. The following individuals have been recognized as finalists for their outstanding contributions:

Access & Inclusion Award | Sponsored by Destination British Columbia
• Sport Surrey, City of Surrey
• The BC Bird Trail
• Vernon Adaptive Program

Businesswoman of the Year Award | Sponsored by Prince of Whales
• Kate Cox, Barkerville Heritage Trust
• Lan Do, Banh Mi Tres Bon
• Sarah Vallely, OPUS Hotel Vancouver

Community Contribution & Impact Award | Sponsored by Tourism Richmond
• Destination Campbell River
• John Rae, Resort Municipality of Whistler & Karen Goodwin, Tourism Whistler
• Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort and Conference Centre

Employees First Award | Sponsored by go2HR
• Gooseneck Hospitality
• Oswego Hotel
• Sun Peaks Resort LLP

Remarkable Experience | Sponsored by BCDMOA
• Barkerville Historic Town and Park
• Northern FanCon
• Rambo First Blood, Tourism Hope, Cascades & Canyons

Indigenous Operator or Experience Award | Sponsored by Indigenous Tourism Association Canada and Indigenous Tourism of BC
• Homalco Wildlife and Cultural Tours
• Klahoose Wilderness Resort
• Nemiah Valley Lodge

Innovation Award | Sponsored by Acera Insurance
• Beyond the Haunting Investigations
• Driftwood Outdoor Guide & Business Apprenticeship
• Misty Isles Economic Development Society

Professional Excellence (DMO) Award | Sponsored by Tourism Whistler
• Destination Greater Victoria
• Tourism Ch’illiwack
• Tourism Prince George

Sustainability Award | Sponsored by Nanaimo Airport
• Monte Creek Winery
• Spirit of the West Adventures
• The Parkside Hotel & Spa

The winners will be awarded at the Awards Gala evening on Thursday, March 2, 2023, at the Prince George Conference and Civic Centre, as part of the 2023 BC Tourism & Hospitality Conference.


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