Vancouver Island is a great place to spend a vacation. It have many things to offer including great Summer weather, great out-doors experiences, great shorelines and beaches, golf courses, and so on; and, of course no pollution. Canada’s Immigration policies can have a great effect on the number of people coming to Vancouver Island. This is particularly true for the emerging economies such as China, India and others which, for Canada, are untapped markets for tourism. With the Winter Olympics coming up this will likely have an even greater influence. This is a great opportunity for local businesses to join together take to make a common effort to attract
tourists from these new markets and give them something to talk about. I am
in the process of organizing an association for this purpose, Vancouver Island Ventures Association (VIVA
Tourism). If you are interested please contact me.
Some Common Problems:
- Competition from others areas of Canada “beating us to the start”
- Tourists in China don’t know about Vancouver Island or what we have to offer
- Inertia and the lack of will to seize the opportunity