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Capilano University students big winners at the B.C. tourism industry conference

Capilano University’s first place team at the fifth annual Tourism & Hospitality Case competition with Lana Denoni, chair of TIABC, are, left to right: Louise Wirtz, Nada Mher Al Saadi, Frankie Aeng, and Nic Alder.

Capilano University Tourism degree students were crowned first place winners and took home a $1,000 prize at the fifth annual Tourism & Hospitality Case competition held in October.

Part of the British Columbia Tourism Industry Conference (TIC), the conference was sponsored by the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, go2, the Aboriginal Tourism Association of B.C., and B.C. Parks.

Teams came from all parts of the province to solve tough cases facing the tourism industry. This year’s questions focused on B.C. parks and tourism – a fitting way to celebrate B.C. Parks’ 100th birthday.

Almost 40 students competed, representing Camosun College, Capilano University, Douglas College, Okanagan College, Royal Roads University, Selkirk College, and Vancouver Island University. Students are enrolled in diverse tourism-related disciplines including resort and hotel management, golf operations, and tourism management. 

These programs, offered at an additional 12 colleges and universities across the province, are members of LinkBC: the tourism and hospitality education network and coordinators of the competition.

“B.C.’s tourism students are tomorrow’s industry professionals” said LinkBC’s general manager, Terry Hood. “LinkBC’s role is to provide the opportunity for students to connect with potential employers and demonstrate their outstanding skills and abilities. We’re pleased to say they’ve done just that.”

Presenters at the conference included Premier Christy Clark, and Jobs, Tourism and Innovation minster, Pat Bell, in addition to a number of tourism experts from around the world. The conference was coordinated by the Tourism Industry Association of B.C. (TIABC) and was attended by hundreds of delegates from all sectors of the industry.

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