VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The Tourism Industry Association has sent out an election tool kit to its members with a list of questions in hopes its members will ask candidates when they get the chance.
Industry Association chief Walt Judas says the questions are designed to be non-partisan.
“It’s meant to flesh out the platforms of each of the respective parties relative to tourism and hospitality. And we think it needs to be part of the discussion in this campaign,” he explains.BC-2020-Election-Toolkit-BC
The industry has been pressing for hundreds of millions of dollars from the province to help it through the worst of the COVID shutdowns but made little headway in securing the financing before the election was called.
“We want to make sure that tourism is among the most important topics in this election that we would look to whoever forms the next government to continue to help out the tourism and hospitality sector and make sure that it gets the attention that it needs given the Dire Straits of our industry over the past six to seven months,” Judas explains. “And so we want to make sure that going forward, post-election, that tourism and hospitality are factored into the plans of the new government.”
Judas adds, no matter how you connect a candidate, the cheat-sheet ensures the conversation around the visitor economy is front and center and part of the platforms of each of the parties running.