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Walt Judas is the former Vice President, Marketing Communications, Member Services & Sport for Tourism Vancouver. As part of the senior management team, Walt managed the departments of Member Relations, Sponsorship, Marketing Services, Travel & Trade Media Relations, and Destination Development. He also handled corporate communications and was the organization's primary spokesperson.
Effective April 30, 2015, employers offering a wage to a temporary foreign worker (TFW) that is:
Rev. Ian Powell is the 2015 Life Member Award recipient. Ian is the General Manager of the Inn at Laurel Point and the Managing Director and General Manager of Paul's Restaurants Ltd. Ian moved to Canada in 1978 from the United Kingdom and spent the next 16 years in various senior level management positions for both Canadian Pacific Hotels and CN Hotels. Since then, Ian has been the General Manager of the Fairmont Palliser in Calgary, The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, The Fairmont Empress and The Fairmont Princess in Bermuda.
In March 2015, the unemployment rate in the tourism sector was 6.4%, which was 0.6% higher than the rate reported in 2014 (5.8%), but still lower than the total labour force unemployment rate (7.4%). Employment in the Canadian tourism sector stayed the same during the month with British Columbia (-3%) and Alberta (-2%) having the most significant decrease in unemployment.
The following regional events have been announced:
Each year the Global Travel & Tourism Partnership (GTTP) holds a case study writing competition on a selected topic. Each member country sends two students and their teacher to an international conference in Europe. At this meeting, each team presents their case study and meets students and teachers from all GTTP member countries. The topic for 2015 is “Adventure Tourism and Sustainability”
“It’s appropriate that this award is called Employees First because that’s very much our philosophy,” says Suzanne Allemeier, Residence Inn’s General Manager. “We believe in putting employees first and treating them with the same courtesy and consideration with which we expect them to treat our guests.” The Residence Inn’s HR strategy is built on four pillars:
Effective today, the BC government is implementing a 90-day pause on new applications to most categories of the BC Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). The PNP will begin accepting new applications in July 2015 with an improved application process and updated program criteria.
In February 2015, the unemployment rate in the tourism sector was 6.4%, which was 0.6% higher than the rate reported in 2014 (5.8%). Employment in the Canadian tourism sector overall increased during the month, with Prince Edward Island (9%)and Newfoundland & Labrador (3.8%) having the most significant increases in employment.
The government is committed to reasonable and predictable yearly minimum wage increases linked to BC CPI. Going forward, from 2016 onward, the minimum wage will be determined using a formula calculated upon the percentage the BC Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased in the previous calendar year. In years where there is a negative CPI change, the minimum wage would stay the same.

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