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BCVTlogoTM2016 Membership Information

Bella Coola Valley Tourism’s Mission Statement:

Committed to working together to promote tourism development in the Bella Coola Valley by marketing, organizing tourist information services, lobbying government on behalf of tourism stakeholders and encouraging local business to succeed and grow.

(2016) This past year has been productive for Bella Coola Valley Tourism. BCVT advertised in various publications including Soar Magazine (Pacific Coastal Airlines), the Williams Lake Tribune Guide and BC Backroad Mapbooks. Our website bellacoola.ca received a substantial upgrade and has been very well received.

The Visitor Guide/Trail Guide booklets continue to get rave reviews from Valley visitors, and this spring, the popular 100 Things to do Along Highway 20 was upgraded to become 50% about Bella Coola with a new title: 101 Things to do. . . Like the previous version, it was done in cooperation with West Chilcotin Tourism Association.

Funding was secured for a number of projects that included Visitor Info Booth Staffing, signage, and the 101 Things publication. BCVT also participated in the Vancouver Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show at Canada Place.

A new Facebook page, Visit Bella Coola, was created to keep people updated and engaged. (BCVT Members are encouraged to post FaceBook entries for any business specials, unexpected vacancies or just scenic images, as viewers of Visit Bella Coola increase daily.)

Bella Coola Valley Tourism Membership Benefits:

  • Keeping you informed through regular meetings and at our Annual General Meeting where we give comprehensive reports on the previous year’s projects and provide an opportunity for you to voice your concerns and to provide input. Regular Board meetings are scheduled the first Tuesday of every month, and members are welcome and encouraged to attend.
  • Providing marketing opportunities many small businesses could not undertake on their own through joint marketing programs with Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association (CCCTA) and Destination BC
  • Advertising in relevant publications
  • Providing a webpage for each member business on www.bellacoola.ca
  • Exposing member businesses through publications such as the popular Bella Coola Valley Visitor/Trail Guide and 101 Things To Do Along Highway 20.
  • Staffing and operating the seasonal Visitor Information Booth, informing visitors and potential visitors on available services, activities, and events. Cooperation with Copper Sun Gallery and Journeys, Nuxalk Development Corporation, has enabled us to keep the VIB open seven days a week.
  • Providing racking of member brochures in the VIB and on the MV Nimpkish
  • Answering phone and email inquiries

In addition, BCVT works on behalf of our members by liaising with other tourism associations including the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association and the West Chilcotin Tourism Association and by lobbying various levels of government on issues and concerns such as trails and recreation sites, access roads, and wildlife concerns.

In recent years, we have been very active in protesting the cancellation of BC Ferries Route #40 and in forming the Mid-Coast Ferry Working Group which is working with mid-coast First Nations and making progress in efforts to establish a ferry service that will attract visitors to the Great Bear Rainforest.

If your business is not a member of Bella Coola Valley Tourism, we urge you to consider joining. If you have been a member in the past, please renew your membership as soon as possible so that we can budget and carry on with the business of promoting tourism in the Bella Coola Valley.

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