May 23-24, Teresa jointly hosted a Taiwanese media and MICE agent fam with Tourism Vancouver and Air Canada Taiwan. The group of 11 consisted of 6 key travel media in Taiwan (Apple Daily, Etoday, Taipei Times, Commercial Times, Travel Trend News Weekly) and 4 agencies (Lion Travel, Hsi Hung, Best Way and Cola Tour). The group visited Steveston and several of Richmond’s major attractions.
Travel Trade Updates
May 5, Teresa hosted the Destination BC Spring Trade FAM for 10 agents from China. Increasingly, more Chinese tourists travel independently in small groups instead of ADS groups. They are looking for unique experiences and custom-made itineraries. The FAM showcased activities that could be incorporated into the program such as activities at the ROX or U-bike program. A guided bike tour on the West Dyke Trail was incorporated in the program for agents to enjoy Richmond beautiful parks.
On May 10, Debbie hosted a brief fam for Dominion Tours in Steveston. Dominion Tours is based in Vancouver and is one of the top RTO’s for Western Canada in Spanish speaking markets. Following the group’s lunch and tour of Steveston, Dominion tours hosted their clients on an Alaska cruise.
May 28 – 31, Debbie & Teresa attended Rendev-vous Canada (RVC) in Toronto. RVC is Canada’s signature international tourism marketplace where international travel trade connects with Canada’s tourism industry partners. Over the three days, Debbie & Teresa team met with approximately 70 Tour Operators, Receptive Tour Operators, and Online Travel Agencies during the pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments. Appointments were made with a variety of new and existing clients. During the appointments, we shared details on new Richmond products and services and educated clients on our destination and our stakeholders. We will be following up with the clients based on their requirements.