VANCOUVER – New Democrat MLAs say new support from the BC NDP government will help anchor attractions and tour bus companies in Vancouver recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, attract visitors and provide local jobs.
“We are lucky to have so many amazing anchor attractions and tourism operators here in Vancouver. Not only do they offer exciting experiences, they also draw visitors from around the world and employ thousands of people in our community,” said Brenda Bailey, MLA for Vancouver-False Creek. “Anchor attractions have worked hard to adapt to the pandemic but have still needed help to stay afloat. With this funding, we are taking action to protect our cherished attractions and the people that depend on them.”
Anchor attractions and tour bus companies based in Vancouver receiving support include:
- Bard on the Beach Theatre
- Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival
- Cantrail Coach Lines
- Discover Canada Tours
- Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
- EasyTrips Vancouver
- Epic Rides
- Excel Limo Service
- Great Canadian Railtour (Rocky Mountaineer)
- Harbour Cruises
- HR MacMillian Space Centre
- Museum of Anthropology
- Pacific National Exhibition (PNE)
- Science World
- The Arts Club Theatre
- Vancouver Art Gallery
- West Coast Sightseeing
- Whistler Rides
This funding for Vancouver is part of a $36.5 million investment announced earlier this year by the BC New Democrat government. Vancouver NDP MLAs say they are glad that people across the city will benefit from this funding, as it will not only support people working in tourism but also help grow the local economy into the future.
Organizations can use the grants to pay for rent and utilities, payroll and costs related to restarting or ramping up operations.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the New Democrat government has worked closely with B.C.’s tourism sector and provided $225 million in support to ensure businesses and non-profits can continue to draw visitors and benefit local communities for years to come.
“Everyone loves the PNE. It is an iconic major attraction here in Vancouver that has provided summer fun for local residents, drawn tourists and employed many in our community, for over one hundred years. Our government knows how important it is to keep this community treasure alive and with this funding, we are supporting its reopening after the pandemic so even more people can continue to visit in the years ahead.”
Niki Sharma, MLA for Vancouver-Hastings
“Many people in our community rely on tourism jobs to support their families. It’s a vital industry for our community, and I’m glad to see it get some more help at this challenging time.”
Spencer Chandra Herbert, MLA for Vancouver-West End
“The Museum of Anthropology at UBC is an asset to our community, not only because it draws people from far and wide but also because it is a wealth of knowledge. I’m proud to be part of a government that has taken action to make sure our major attractions remain accessible after the pandemic to our community and visitors.”
David Eby, MLA for Vancouver-Point Grey
For a list of BC Major Anchor Attractions recipients by region, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021TACS0054-001440