|Date:||February 3, 2018|
|Time:||10:00 am - 1:30 pm|
|Address:||Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo|
British Columbiaâs tourism industry is booming and number of visitors is constantly growing. As a result, we need new, innovative ideas to increase the competitiveness of the province as a visitor destination.
go2HRâs Winning Pitch, a case competition where post-secondary students pitch business plans to promote a local tourism activity, is an opportunity for the next bright young stars of the industry to apply their strategic thinking to come up with a new tourism business or service idea based on a local, realistic scenario related to the support of the destination development in each host region.
Do you have a winning pitch? This is an excellent opportunity for aspiring tourism professionals to develop their strategic thinking and presentation skills based on realistic business scenarios and demonstrate their skills to industry. The winning pitch from the Vancouver Island region will move on to compete against other regional winners at the 2018 Tourism Industry Conference in Kelowna.
Employers, come watch these brilliant pitches! Gain inspiration to take your business to the next level and stay competitive in the market. Meet the passionate and insightful students behind them â and perhaps even connect with some to adopt these ideas to your business! As part of the live audience, your vote for your favourite business pitch will contribute to the overall score and help us pick the winner.
There will also be a Networking Lunch where you can connect directly with the competing students, instructors, and VIU faculty members. Donât miss this exclusive opportunity to meet top-of-the-class students for potential recruitment for your company! The lunch will take place from 11:45am to 1:00pm in the Royal Arbutus Room, Building 300.
No RSVP is required to observe the Winning Pitch competition, but RSVP is required if you would like to attend the free Networking Lunch. Please RSVP by end of day January 17 with Andrea Hinck, Manager, Industry Training, or call 604-633-9787 ext. 225.
Team Composition and Eligibility
Teams must be made up of no more than 4 students currently registered in Tourism, Hospitality, or Business programs and graduating no earlier than the spring of 2018. Participating schools may enter more than one team in the competition. Registration deadline is Dec. 15, 2017 for all teams.
Click here to learn about the competition format and this year's business case. Student teams will present their solutions to the case study at the regional competition to an industry judging panel in the form of a presentation no longer than 10 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of questions from the panel on Feb. 3, 2018.
Teams will be required to supply a concise (no more than 4 pages, excluding appendices) printed concept paper prior to the competition date on January 23, 2018 to allow judges time to review prior to the competition.
Following the competition, teams will have the opportunity for constructive feedback from the judges.