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Surrey city council won’t consider expanding morning liquor service

Apr 17, 2014 - Bert Hick of Rising Tide Consultants wanted to make a case for earlier liquor service in the City of Surrey, but it looks like he won’t get a chance....    Full Article

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Jumbo proceeds as First Nation claim dismissed

Apr 16, 2014 - After winning a key court battle, the Jumbo Glacier Resorts Ltd., in the Purcell Mountains of the east... Full Article


Increased appetite for high-end eateries fuels

Feb 10, 2014 - Jump in full-service restaurant sales coincides with drop in B.C. restaurant menu prices Full Article


Surrey city council won’t consider expanding

Apr 17, 2014 - Bert Hick of Rising Tide Consultants wanted to make a case for earlier liquor service in the City... Full Article

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Jumbo proceeds as First Nation claim dismissed

Apr 16, 2014 - After winning a key court battle, the Jumbo Glacier Resorts Ltd., in the Purcell Mountains of the east Kootenays, continues to push forward on... Full Article

Browns Socialhouse is Canada’s best new franchise: Canadian Franchise Association

Apr 09, 2014 - A Vancouver restaurant chain has taken home gold in the Canadian Franchise Association’s (CFA) annual Awards of Excellence in Franchising in ... Full Article

Sales at B.C. bars and restaurants jump 10% over past year

Mar 31, 2014 - Only Manitobans have managed to outdo British Columbians this past year when it comes to chowing down and drinking up at restaurants and bars.... Full Article

Tourism spending growth in Canada highest since 2010

Mar 27, 2014 - Tourism spending in Canada rose 1% in the fourth quarter of 2013 – the biggest gain in three-and-a-half years, Statistics Canada announced... Full Article

World tourism report slags Canada for slashing tourism marketing budget

Mar 25, 2014 - Ottawa's slashing of Canada's tourism marketing budget is stunting the amount that tourism contributes to Canada's economy, according to a report... Full Article

Air Canada Rouge launches new routes from Vancouver

Mar 25, 2014 - It looks like Vancouverites looking to party on the Vegas strip or take their families to Disneyland will have a few more travel options.... Full Article

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Aquilini Group gets into high-end restaurants, buys Toptable Group

Mar 18, 2014 - The Aquilini Investment Group (AIG) has expanded into the higher-end restaurant sector by buying the Toptable Group (TTG) from longtime owner Jack ... Full Article

Quiznos bankruptcy sad end to company that opened first international franchise in Vancouver

Mar 18, 2014 - Quiznos Corp.'s, which opened its first international restaurant in Vancouver, declared March 14 after struggling for years with high debt, angry... Full Article

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Influential Chinese travel buyers courted at Richmond convention

Mar 13, 2014 - More than 50 Chinese tour operators are in Richmond this week at a convention aimed at helping them package North American tours for their clients.... Full Article

Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association rebrands as Restaurants Canada

Feb 27, 2014 - The national association for owners and operators of restaurants, bars, caterers and other foodservice businesses unveiled a new name, tagline and ... Full Article

Vancouver International Wine Festival gala grosses $195,000

Feb 26, 2014 - The Vancouver International Wine Festival (VIWF) announced February 26 that its gala dinner and auction raised an expected $195,000 for Bard on... Full Article

Wine festival rebound provides lessons for event organizers

Feb 24, 2014 - The 36th annual Vancouver International Wine Festival (VIWF), which launches February 24, is expected to return to a growth curve for both revenue ... Full Article

City approves changes to food truck bylaws

Feb 20, 2014 - Vancouver City Council voted February 19 to approve a new street-vending bylaw that could mean big changes for food truck operators in the city.... Full Article

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Vancouverites to enjoy longer patio hours

Feb 20, 2014 - Restaurant patio hours in Vancouver will soon be extended into later evening hours, Vancouver City Council announced February 19.... Full Article

Travel to U.S. hits record high in December: StatsCan

Feb 18, 2014 - Canadians headed south of the border in droves in December, with the number of trips via car to the United States hitting record highs, according... Full Article

New food truck fest planned for Sunset Beach

Feb 17, 2014 - Vancouver's food truck vendors are hoping to drum up business by starting a new weekly art, music and food event this summer at Sunset Beach.... Full Article

Vancouver city council mulls extended patio hours for restaurants

Feb 13, 2014 - Vancouver restaurants may get to keep patrons on patios even longer if city council approves the extension of a pilot program allowing some... Full Article

Adventurous investments paying dividends in B.C.

Feb 11, 2014 - Asian travellers, adventure tourists sparking boom in province’s wilderness tour market Full Article

Tourism debt set to escalate until 2035

Feb 11, 2014 - Spending to build convention business for the city seen as higher priority than paying down tourism marketing organization’s loans Full Article

Umberto Menghi to reopen Il Giardino

Jan 30, 2014 - Legendary Vancouver restaurateur Umberto Menghi plans to reopen his iconic Il Giardino restaurant half a block from the location where it operated ... Full Article

Owner of Fatburger Canada and Ricky's All Day Grill plans acquisition

Jan 27, 2014 - The owner of the 35-location Fatburger Canada and the 70-location Ricky's All Day Grill told Business in Vancouver that he is close to acquiring a ... Full Article

Mission Hill owner to buy CedarCreek Estate Winery

Jan 24, 2014 - Extremely successful B.C. winemaker Anthony von Mandl is expanding his empire by buying CedarCreek Estate Winery for an undisclosed amount, he... Full Article

Vancouver hotel rated one of world’s best by TripAdvisor

Jan 24, 2014 - The Rosewood Hotel Georgia has come in at number 16 on TripAdvisor’s 2014 Travellers’ Choice list of the top 25 hotels in the world.... Full Article

Limping loonie lifts Victoria tourism hopes

Jan 24, 2014 - Greater Victoria's tourism sector, helped by a falling loonie, is filled with optimism for 2014 after what one industry analyst describes as "five ... Full Article

Ferry cuts to have major negative economic impact: report

Jan 13, 2014 - A new report commissioned by the Tourism Industry Association of B.C. (TIABC) predicts that ferry cuts will have a negative impact on the... Full Article

B.C. residents most likely to travel over the holidays: CIBC

Dec 20, 2013 - Nearly a third of British Columbians will be spending the holidays away from home this Christmas season. Full Article

Provincial government voices support for happy hours

Dec 17, 2013 - Happy hour may soon become a reality in British Columbia.The provincial government announced its support of happy hours December 17, adding that... Full Article

Richmond’s groundbreaking food blog wins national tourism award

Dec 06, 2013 - Tourism Richmond’s innovative food blog, 365 Days of Dining, has taken home yet another award, this one from the Tourism Industry... Full Article

A&W Canada opens 800th restaurant

Dec 02, 2013 - North-Vancouver based A&W Food Services of Canada has opened its 800th restaurant, the fast-food chain announced December 2.... Full Article

Canada’s travel deficit with the U.S. grows slightly: StatsCan

Nov 19, 2013 - Canada’s travel deficit with the United States increased slightly in September compared with one month prior, Statistics Canada announced... Full Article

Update: Aisenstat sells majority stake in The Keg but will remain CEO

Nov 18, 2013 - The Keg Restaurants Ltd. owner David Aisenstat confirmed to Business in Vancouver November 18 that he will stay on as CEO after he has sold a 51%... Full Article

Vancouver signs five-year tourism promotion deal with Guangzhou

Nov 08, 2013 - Tourism Vancouver signed a five-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Vancouver's sister city of Guangzhou, China, the tourism organization... Full Article

Every dollar spent on beer in B.C. generates $1.11 in real GDP: Conference Board

Nov 05, 2013 - Raise a glass to beer drinkers in British Columbia, who are doing more than their part to support the provincial economy, according to a... Full Article

Vancouver to host its largest-ever convention in 2025

Nov 05, 2013 - Vancouver has won its bid to host the 2025 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) convention, which is expected to bring 48,000 people from around the world to ... Full Article

Hospitality and tourism report: Moving from “nice to have” to “need to know”

Nov 05, 2013 - Many Metro Vancouver hospitality business operators have been making great strides towards more environmentally sustainable operations.... Full Article

Hospitality and tourism report: Entrepreneurs propose year-round mountain bike experience

Nov 05, 2013 - Coast Gravity Park would be the only mountain bike park in North America with a gondola-style lift not connected with a ski resort Full Article

Vast majority of restaurant owners “very concerned” about credit card fees: CRFA

Oct 21, 2013 - Canadian restaurateurs are frustrated by high and confusing credit card fees, according to the results of a Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices... Full Article

Pat Bell to launch B.C.'s most northerly winery

Oct 15, 2013 - Former British Columbia cabinet minister Pat Bell is spending more than $1 million to open the province's most northerly winery ­– a... Full Article

Top 100 national/global companies report: Sustainable growth on the 2013 menu for national burger chain

Oct 15, 2013 - Better beef, new store designs and a backlog of franchisees looking to open restaurants keeping Canada's second-largest fast-food chain on steady ... Full Article

Chinese buyers target B.C. hotels and resorts

Oct 15, 2013 - Rise in Asian tourism to the province sparks Chinese demand for B.C. properties Full Article

Tourism Vancouver accrues $19 million debt over five years

Oct 11, 2013 - Five years after starting to pay off its share of the Vancouver Convention Centre, Tourism Vancouver is $19 million deeper in debt than when it... Full Article

Russell Breweries’ China brewpub is open for business

Oct 03, 2013 - Russell Breweries' (TSX-V:RB) brewery in China is now fully operational. Full Article

Tourism spending in Canada up slightly: StatsCan

Sep 27, 2013 - Tourism spending in Canada edged up 0.3% to $18.9 billion in 2013’s second quarter after a slight dip (0.2%) in the first quarter, according ... Full Article

Paragon reveals partnership for $535m resort next to BC Place

Sep 24, 2013 - Paragon Development Ltd. announced September 24 that it is partnering with 360 Vox Corp. (TSX-V: VOX) and that the company's major shareholder,... Full Article

Fastest-growing companies report: Pizza chain bakes up appetizing growth rate

Sep 24, 2013 - Founder’s passion inspires him to take new franchisees to Italy to experience authentic Neapolitan pizza Full Article

Canadian travel deficit with the U.S. narrows slightly: StatsCan

Sep 18, 2013 - Travel by Canadians to the United States decreased slightly in July while travel in the opposite direction remained unchanged, according to... Full Article

Hotel competition for Chinese visitor dollars heats up

Sep 10, 2013 - Mandarin-speaking employees, smoking rooms, slippers in rooms among key priorities Full Article

Executive Group begins construction on New York hotel

Sep 04, 2013 - Vancouver's Executive Group has begun construction on a 163-suite boutique luxury hotel in New York, the company announced September 4.... Full Article

Record-breaking summer for BC Parks

Aug 28, 2013 - More than 115,000 camping reservations have been made at provincial campsites this year, a new record for BC Parks.... Full Article

Hospitality and tourism report: Paragon's plan for Edgewater scares critics

Aug 27, 2013 - Casino's move to “urban resort” near BC Place raises opposition with those saying it should go to an industrial area Full Article

Hospitality and tourism report: Hotels in the green scene

Aug 27, 2013 - Reducing footprint helps give meeting and event venues a competitive edge Full Article

Hoteliers target cyclists with bike-friendly services

Aug 27, 2013 - Downtown hotel offerings include free rentals and designated bike butlers Full Article

British Columbians are Canada's top international leisure travellers

Aug 26, 2013 - British Columbians travel outside of Canada on vacation more than residents of any other province, according to a Vision Critical survey done on... Full Article

White Spot is first restaurant to get “above and beyond” B.C. health certification

Aug 23, 2013 - White Spot Restaurants has become the first restaurant operator in B.C. to be certified under go2hr’s certificate of recognition program... Full Article

Tourism Vancouver seeks new CEO

Aug 22, 2013 - Tourism Vancouver has hired executive search firm Odgers Berndtson to conduct an international search for a new CEO, current Tourism Vancouver CEO ... Full Article

Canada’s travel deficit widens: StatsCan

Aug 21, 2013 - Travel from Canada to the United States increased in June, while travel to Canada decreased in almost every trip category, according to an August... Full Article

Jumbo developers seek injunction to clear protestors

Aug 20, 2013 - Jumbo Glacier Resort developer Glacier Resorts Ltd. has filed a notice of civil claim in the BC Supreme Court to seek an injunction to clear... Full Article

Boston Pizza sets quarterly franchisee sales record

Aug 09, 2013 - Richmond-headquartered Boston Pizza Royalties Income Fund (TSX:BPF.UN) announced quarterly results August 8 that included record sales from... Full Article

Restaurateurs abandon Café Delilah name following lawsuit

Aug 07, 2013 - Pier Investments Inc. principals Daryle Nagata and Paul Puratich have ditched plans to open a restaurant named Café Delilah at 1789 Comox... Full Article

Sunniest-recorded July provides boost for tourism

Aug 06, 2013 - Gas hikes not dampening operator optimism; cruise traffic set to be up 23% on last year Full Article

Pride festival's estimated 800,000 attendees to provide business bump

Jul 30, 2013 - More sponsorship and advertising revenue combine with lower costs to put Vancouver event on stronger fiscal footing Full Article

Fewer American gay tourists coming to Canada

Jul 30, 2013 - The number of gay tourists from the United States coming to Vancouver is dropping, according to San Francisco-based gay research organization... Full Article

Vancouverites revitalize U.S. taco chain

Jul 22, 2013 - Four Vancouver brothers are expanding the 35-location, California-based Chronic Tacos, which they bought for more than $1 million last year. ... Full Article

Starwood to open eco-friendly Element Hotel in Burnaby

Jul 17, 2013 - Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc. (NYSE:HOT) plans to open an Element-branded hotel in Burnaby near Metrotown next year, a company... Full Article

'Floating' patio option aimed at boosting sales and making better use of space

Jul 16, 2013 - Gastown restaurateur's 'Paris-style' patio experiment among outdoor alternatives Vancouver considering for city restaurants Full Article

WestJet Encore to serve B.C. wines on summer flights

Jul 16, 2013 - WestJet and the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society announced a partnership July 15 for WestJet subsidiary WestJet Encore to start serving a wide... Full Article

BC Restaurant Hall of Fame announces inductions

Jul 09, 2013 - Eleven B.C. restaurateurs, chefs and other culinary industry supporters and standouts will be inducted into the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame, the... Full Article

Browns Socialhouse sets sights on Calgary

Jul 09, 2013 - Vancouver-based Browns Restaurant Group (BRG) plans to open as many as 10 restaurants in Calgary over the next seven years.... Full Article

Passenger perks key for transportation tourism operators

Jul 09, 2013 - Value-added tours help entrepreneurs compete against government subsidized travel Full Article

Mountain bike events attract tourist dollars to B.C.

Jul 09, 2013 - TOURISM | BC Bike Race draws hundreds of riders from 33 countries and $4 million in spending Full Article

Rocky Mountaineer heads Stateside

Jul 04, 2013 - Vancouver’s Rocky Mountaineer is adding some new routes this summer, and for the first time ever, the luxury train will be heading south of... Full Article

Fairmont Pacific Rim named top city hotel in Canada

Jul 03, 2013 - Travel + Leisure magazine has awarded Vancouver's Fairmont Pacific Rim the title of top city hotel in Canada as part of its annual World's Best... Full Article

Forestry report: The $500,000 view

Jul 02, 2013 - Tourism operators say an unlogged forest is what their customers pay to see, and one company is willing to pay big bucks to preserve it Full Article

Minter Gardens to close in October

Jun 26, 2013 - Chilliwack tourist attraction Minter Gardens is closing at the end of the season because of sluggish attendance and too few weddings to be... Full Article

Vancouver aims to lure Chinese tourists with pop star contest

Jun 25, 2013 - Tourism Vancouver yesterday launched a social media contest and video series starring celebrity singer Wanting Qu, who has been Vancouver's... Full Article

Miku Restaurant opens in former Aqua Riva space

Jun 25, 2013 - Miku Restaurant reopened in its new location Monday night, June 24, following a multimillion-dollar investment to renovate part of the long-empty... Full Article

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