Caliburger to launch in B.C., seeks franchisees

Sep 12, 2014 - Upstart fast-food burger chain Caliburger is coming to B.C. thanks to a former Vancouverite who plans to open some of the company’s first North American restaurants as the master franchisee for B.C., Washington State and Oregon....    Full Article

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Franchisees taking bigger slice of fast-food chains

Sep 02, 2014 - Wendy’s Co. plans to sell all 135 Canadian restaurants to franchisees Full Article


Gala events helping build North American production

Jul 28, 2014 - Patrick Roberge Productions wins opening ceremony production work for major attractions ranging from the Gay... Full Article


Corporate tax break key to Tim Hortons-Burger King

Sep 02, 2014 - Canada’s lower rate attractive to businesses pursuing tax inversion strategy Full Article

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Flicks help salvage Victoria’s hotel sector

Sep 03, 2014 - Films being shot in Victoria may salvage a slumping hotel sector that has seen a sharp drop in U.S. visitors and slowdown in BC Ferries traffic.... Full Article

Wine to flow freely between B.C. and Saskatchewan

Aug 29, 2014 - Oenophiles in British Columbia will be happy to learn that trade barriers between this province and Saskatchewan have been removed for wines and... Full Article

New waterfront restaurant innovates with gelato cocktails

Aug 28, 2014 - Vancouver’s newest waterfront restaurant has an innovative concept that its owner dubs "gelatinis" – high-end gelato cocktails that... Full Article

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China-backed Nanaimo hotel plans for 70,000 guests a year

Aug 27, 2014 - The China-based backers of a new Nanaimo hotel say that the 240-room tower will draw 70,000 Chinese tourists a year – equal to about 90% of... Full Article

Vancouver Island restaurant ends short-lived no-tipping policy

Aug 22, 2014 - Less than three months into life as one of Canada’s first no-tipping restaurants, the Smoke ’n Water restaurant in Parksville has... Full Article

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Blueprint closes Shine nightclub for renovation, rebranding

Aug 22, 2014 - Vancouver nightclub owner Blueprint plans to close its Shine nightclub in Gastown on September 27 and completely gut the facility for a remodeling ... Full Article

Ceili's reorganizes, but remains open

Aug 22, 2014 - The managing director of Ceili’s Modern Irish Pub locations in Vancouver and Richmond says it is business as usual while the company seeks... Full Article

One-quarter of B.C. liquor makers selling products at farmers' markets since June reforms

Aug 21, 2014 - Dozens of communities throughout the province have seized upon loosened liquor laws since Victoria began allowing the sales and sampling of liquor ... Full Article

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Record number of overseas tourists visited Canada in June: StatsCan

Aug 19, 2014 - A record number of overseas tourists visited Canada in June, according to numbers from Statistics Canada released August 19.... Full Article

White Spot to open largest restaurant in chain August 21

Aug 19, 2014 - White Spot plans to open its 66th and largest full-restaurant in its chain on August 21 at the corner of Dunsmuir and Homer streets in a 100-year-... Full Article

Successful B.C. franchisor buys ABC Country Restaurant chain

Aug 18, 2014 - B.C. restaurateur Frank di Benedetto, whose Frankie's Family Restaurants Ltd. operates more than 100 restaurants across Canada, has spent an... Full Article

Brewery tour operator cashes in on microbrewery sales surge

Aug 15, 2014 - Tourism operators thirsty to cash in on Vancouver’s burgeoning microbrewery sector have started to see success.... Full Article

River Rock Casino windfall helps Great Canadian Gaming earnings surge

Aug 13, 2014 - A surge in gambling and hotel visitors at Great Canadian Gaming’s River Rock Casino in Richmond helped the company (TSX:GC) post its highest ... Full Article

Surrey finally gets its food trucks

Aug 07, 2014 - A month and a half after Surrey launched a food truck pilot program, which includes six Surrey sites where 10 vendors would be given a designated... Full Article

Victoria is one of the friendliest cities in the world for tourists, says Condé Nast

Aug 07, 2014 - Victoria is one of the world’s friendliest cities for tourists, according to a survey by Condé Nast, while Vancouver didn’t... Full Article

Metro Vancouver hotel revenue and profit soar

Aug 05, 2014 - Convention, tourist and corporate business fuels hotel occupancy boom Full Article

Gala events helping build North American production empire for Vancouver company

Jul 28, 2014 - Patrick Roberge Productions wins opening ceremony production work for major attractions ranging from the Gay Games to the Women's World Cup Full Article

More Metro Vancouver movable feasts fighting for street dining market share

Jul 25, 2014 - Food trucks hunt for the right spot in the region as they target their businesses at different clientele Full Article

B.C. government reduces minimum drink prices — but only for pitchers

Jul 25, 2014 - Amid backlash over Victoria’s decision in June to introduce minimum prices for alcoholic beverages, the government is backtracking —... Full Article

Tech convention could set attendance record

Jul 22, 2014 - Local ventures to exhibit technology and recruit staff at Siggraph Full Article

Celebration of Light fireworks is a blast, and good for West End businesses

Jul 22, 2014 - An estimated 400,000 people watch the Celebration of Light fireworks from the shores of English Bay. Despite throngs of people gathering outside... Full Article

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NEXUS travel office moving farther south

Jul 15, 2014 - Attention cross-border shoppers: if you are planning to join the NEXUS traveler program, you will have to drive a bit farther to sign up.... Full Article

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Vancouver Island hotel ranked most expensive in North America at over $3,600 per night

Jul 10, 2014 - How much would you spend per night to stay in a hotel consisting of luxury tents on Vancouver Island? Full Article

Wickaninnish Inn named top resort in Canada

Jul 03, 2014 - Tofino’s Wickaninnish Inn has been named 2014’s top resort in Canada by Travel + Leisure magazine. Full Article

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Vancouver to allow craft booze at farmers markets (updated)

Jun 27, 2014 - The Vancouver Farmers Market has a long list of potential vendors ready to offer mini-tastes of beer, sake or wine at the popular summer markets.... Full Article

Tourism Vancouver AGM reveals surplus and rosy future as new CEO greets members

Jun 26, 2014 - Tourism Vancouver introduced a new CEO to members, passed an impressive 2013 financial report and had projections for a solid future at its annual ... Full Article

Earls removes seats to make way for lavish $1.2 million test kitchen

Jun 24, 2014 - Earls Kitchen + Bar has made renovations to its restaurant at the corner of Hornby and Smithe streets that hurt short term profits at that... Full Article

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Tap & Barrel to open new location in North Vancouver

Jun 24, 2014 - The City of North Vancouver has named a trendy Vancouver restaurant and pub chain as the anchor tenant in the Shipyards’ Coppersmith Shop at ... Full Article

More entrepreneurs upbeat in Downtown Eastside

Jun 20, 2014 - Pat's Pub in vanguard of businesses working to rejuvenate city's poorest neighbourhood Full Article

Happy hour begins in B.C., minimum drink price starts at $3

Jun 20, 2014 - Happy hour has arrived in British Columbia just in time for those preparing for summer libations. Full Article

Vancouver tourism to grow in 2014 and 2015

Jun 19, 2014 - The Conference Board of Canada is predicting a strong year for tourism across the country, and says an increase in business travel will buoy... Full Article

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Northern B.C. tourism operator sees 90% drop in business after BC Ferries cuts

Jun 18, 2014 - BC Ferries plans to increase its sailings out of both Horseshoe Bay and Tsawwassen this summer as cuts to other, smaller routes continue to hit... Full Article

Tourism Vancouver Island makes strategic shift to become more political

Jun 18, 2014 - The organization tasked with promoting Vancouver Island as a tourist destination has started to spend resources to encourage politicians to make... Full Article

Metro Vancouver hotel room shortage looms as Canada 2015 countdown begins

Jun 16, 2014 - Major convention, peak cruise ship season, Women’s World Cup games will all be competing for tourist accommodations in Vancouver Full Article

Tourism marketing head wants more “urgency” in B.C.'s brand

Jun 12, 2014 - B.C.’s tourism marketing organization, Destination BC, is putting finishing touches on a rebranding effort that it plans to reveal later... Full Article

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Tourism Vancouver announces new CEO

Jun 03, 2014 - Tourism Vancouver has hired a longtime corporate fundraiser and sporting event organizer to replace longtime CEO Rick Antonson in July.... Full Article

Icelandair launches flights from Vancouver

May 13, 2014 - Icelandair touched down for the first time at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) just before 6 p.m. on May 13 and is expected to make its... Full Article

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WestJet targets energy sector, launches non-stop flights between Fort McMurray and Vancouver

May 12, 2014 - WestJet Encore is zeroing in on the throngs of British Columbians that live on the West Coast but work in Alberta.... Full Article

Prices for this weekend's prawn festival so far immune from price spike

May 09, 2014 - Two days into the 2014 spot prawn season, the price at the False Creek Fisherman’s Wharf has not followed the upward trend of B.C. seafood... Full Article

Glowbal Group closes restaurant to make way for Umberto Menghi

Apr 30, 2014 - The Glowbal Group has closed its Italian Kitchen 2 Go bistro at 1328 Hornby Street to make way for legendary Vancouver restaurateur Umberto Menghi ... Full Article

Canadians key to Bellingham airport's parking expansion

Apr 21, 2014 - The thousands of Canadian tourists driving across the B.C. border for cheaper flights are one of the major driving forces behind the planned... Full Article

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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... Full Article

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

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