Dear Team Richmond,

The past few weeks have been a time of celebration with Lunar New Year, Valentine’s Day, and Family Day. With things looking a little different this year, many local businesses got creative and designed special takeout menus and hosted virtual celebrations. Although we are not ready to reopen to visitors yet, our industry continues to be resilient and adaptive to changes. As always, we are all in this together and we will emerge stronger as an industry.

It is also important to stay positive and focus on the good things that are happening in, and around, our destination. Here are some updates on the work Tourism Richmond and our partners are doing to support the community during this time. 

Let’s Spread Some Pawsitivity Campaign

2020 has been a “ruff” year for many of us, so we have initiated a community-based marketing campaign to spread some “paw-sitivity” this year. We are encouraging people to share their adorable doggie photographs captured in Richmond for a chance to win some amazing prizes!

The photo contest will run from February 15 - March 15. People can share their photos on Instagram by using the hashtag #RichmondPawsitivity, or visiting our landing page to upload a photo of their furry friend. This is a new and exciting campaign that will hopefully spark some joy and allow people to have fun with their dogs. To learn more, click here.  

Fireside Chat with Mayor Malcolm Brodie  

On February 24th, Mayor Malcolm Brodie will be providing his annual address with the theme “Looking Ahead with Optimism”. Mayor Brodie will review some of the challenges that impacted our City in 2020, and will outline his major plans for this year. I will be joining him in a fireside chat, where the Mayor will be taking questions live from the public.

This is a great opportunity to get a glimpse of what the City of Richmond has planned for this year, and beyond. You can purchase your tickets via the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, or by clicking here.

Richmond Public Art Trail

Collaboration is one of Tourism Richmond’s core values, and continues to be a driving force in our interactions with stakeholders. In partnership with the City of Richmond, we have created a Public Art Trail featuring a rich array of public art pieces that can be found in three distinct neigbhourhoods - Steveston Village, Richmond Brighouse, and Richmond Oval.

On our Public Art Trail landing page, viewers can use an interactive map to locate over 30 artworks in the city. We have provided a route for each neighbourhood that will allow you to see art pieces near each other. As you click on each art piece, you will learn about the location, history, and artist behind each unique creation. The Public Art Trail is an excellent resource for both local residents and visitors to discover Richmond’s vibrant art scene.

We look forward to more positivity and good news in the coming months. I welcome any feedback, comments and questions – my door is always open. 

Feel free to reach out to me at any time.

Sincerely,

Nancy Small
Tourism Richmond Team Member
Chief Executive Officer