On Friday, June 4, 2021 from 10-11am, Shirley Bond, Todd Stone, and Teresa Wat will host a virtual townhall to discuss BC's Cruise Ship Industry.
Shirley Bond, Interim Leader of the Official Opposition, MLA for Prince George-Valemount and Critic for Seniors Services and Long Term Care; Todd Stone, MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson & Critic for Jobs, Economic Recovery & Innovation and Teresa Wat, MLA for Richmond North Centre & Critic for Tourism, Arts & Culture, & Anti-Racism Initiatives are hosting a townhall to discuss BC's Cruise Ship Industry.
The cruise ship industry brings an estimated $2.7 billion to British Columbia’s economy every year. Every cruise ship that arrives in Vancouver brings an estimated $3 million in direct activity to the local economy. Victoria lost an estimated $130 million in tourism revenue in the 2020 season, while the entire B.C. tourism industry lost $16.4 billion of an annual $20 billion in GDP. It is estimated that the industry supports 20,000 direct and indirect jobs.
This townhall is an opportunity for tourism operators and local communities that are reliant on revenue from the cruise ship industry to have a voice. The session will focus on where the industry stands currently and where emerging needs indicate more focus is required.
It’s important that there be a cross-section of stakeholders on – diversity is critical to a more comprehensive discussion.
We look forward to having you join us!