2014 Press Coverage

BC Hotel Association (BCHA) Announces Strategic Partnership With Big Picture Conferences

TORONTO, March 31, 2015 /CNW/ - Big Picture Conferences is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with the BC Hotel Association to produce the Western Canadian Hotel & Resort Investment Conference (WCH&RIC). The annual event attracts the industry's stakeholders with a unique interest in Western Canadian lodging investment issues. 

 

2013 Press Coverage

Canadian Resort Development Association (CRDA) Announces Strategic Partnership With Big Picture Conferences

TORONTO, May 8, 2013 - CNW - Big Picture Conferences is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with the Canadian Resort Development Association (CRDA) to produce VO-CON, the Canadian Vacation Ownership industry's premiere business conference. Since 2007, Big Picture Conferences has produced over 28 events within the Canadian Hospitality sector including the flagship Canadian Hotel Investment Conference and the Western Canadian Hotel and Resort Investment Conference.

 

2012 Press Coverage

Owners Take Centre Stage
Developers Must Focus On Hotel Owners, Not Users

November 6, 2012 - Business in Vancouver - Sentiment at the recent Western Canadian Hotel and Resort Investment Conference was good. 

BC Recreational Property Attractive To Chinese Investors

October 7, 2012 - Huffington Post Canada - B.C.’s recreational property market is starting to see Chinese investors buying waterfront cottages and resorts as prices continue to cool.

Vancouver Housing Bubble Doesn't Scare Chinese Investors

Ocotber 4, 2012 - Huffington Post Canada - He was speaking as part of a panel at the Western Canadian Hotel and Resort Investment Conference this week in Vancouver. Foreign buyers– the majority from ...

Tourism Group Urges Ottawa To Boost Funding

October 4, 2012 - Victoria Times Colonist - "They are significant barriers," said Goldstein, who was on the West Coast to take part in the Western Canadian Hotel and Resort Investment Conference in ...

Investing In BC’s Future: Experts Meet To Grow $12.7 B Industry
President Of The Tourism Industry Association of Canada To Speak At Hotel & Resort Investment Conference

September 11, 2012 – Vancouver, B.C. – The 2012 Western Canadian Hotel and Resort Investment Conference is pleased to announce that President and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, David Goldstein, will lead the closing panel discussion on resort investment at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel on October 4th. In B.C. alone, the tourism industry generated over $12.7 billion in revenue for tourism-related businesses and contributed over $1 billion to provincial government revenues*.

High Stakes: Hotel/Resort Experts Confront Challenges Of BC’s Largest Industry

Western Canadian Hotel and Resort Investment Conference examines $6.4 billion tourism industry

Strong Fundamentals Driving Western Canada’s Hotel Investment Landscape

Despite continued economic volatility globally, Canadian commercial property fundamentals remained strong in the second quarter, with recent weeks characterized by hallmark transactions such as the $1 billion sale of the Scotia Plaza in Toronto and significant portfolio trades, including the Maestro portfolio.

 

2011 Press Coverage

Conference Brings Optimism During Uncertainty

The Western Canadian Hotel and Resort Investment Conference, held in October in Vancouver, closed on a note of renewed enthusiasm. The event, designed for hospitality executives and those involved in resort real estate, delivered solid information and outstanding value amidst an economic climate that can be described as turbulent, at best.

Economists, Futurists, And CEO’s Take Centre Stage At Lodging & Investment Conference.

Vancouver... The next Western Canadian Hotel Resort Investment Conference, scheduled for October 12 and 13 at Vancouver’s Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel, is shaping up as an event that will deliver hard-hitting insight, candid industry headliners, and plenty of straight talk.

Who’s That Sleeping In Your Bed?

When delegates head to Vancouver’s Western Canadian Hotel& Resort Investment Conference in October, they won’t want to miss one of Canada’s foremost demographic futurists. Andrew Ramlo is the man and the insights he’ll share on what’s happening within populations across continents is the stuff dreams are made of.



2010 Press Coverage

Survey Says: The Lodging And Recreational Real Estate Markets Are Coming Back

According to a recent survey, those in the western Canadian lodging and recreational real estate industry are predicting modest growth over the next few years. However, the strongest growth is believed to in the major urban markets of Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton while recreational markets such as Whistler and the Okanagan are likely to recover on a more gradual basis.

Hospitality Industry Conference Recaps 2010, Looks To 2011

Although the recession hasn’t been particularly kind to Western Canada’s recreational real estate market, those in the industry say that things are finally looking up. To kick off this year’s Western Canadian Hotel & Resort Investment Conference, from Oct. 18 to 19, 2010, at the Vancouver Convention Centre, a panel of top-experts will give an overview of 2010/11 recreational real estate trends, transactions and projects. Betsy MacDonald, managing director of HVS International Canada, will speak to the industry performance, focusing on occupancy and room rate trends in major urban and resort markets to-date in 2010 and looking forward to 2011. “2009 was a dreadful year for the industry,” says MacDonald. “But we’ve seen lots of encouraging signs in 2010 – for example, just in the past three months, there’s been much positive growth in the marketplace. All in all, it’s very good news.”

Impact Of Younger Generations On Today’s Recreational Real Estate Market

While the “resort of the future” might not look like it came out of an episode of The Jetsons, those in the recreational real estate industry are predicting big changes on the marketplace horizon. “For the past two decades, baby boomers have shaped the product, design and pricing agenda of today’s recreational real estate market,” says Michael Adams, a noted author and speaker who is giving the keynote address at this year’s Western Canadian Hotel & Resort Investment Conference. “So with the rise of the generation Xers, Ys and Millennials, we’re looking at a drastically different resort-model in the near future.”

Will New Destination Status Bring Chinese Real Estate Investors To Canada?

With Canada recently receiving its approved destination status from the Chinese Government, those in the recreational real estate industry are wondering if the change will bring new Chinese investors into the country.  Graham Kwan, CEO of Character Capital, prepares to tackle this subject at the Western Canadian Hotel & Resort Investment Conference. From Oct. 18 to 19, participants will attend the conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre and hear from a panel of top industry-experts, like Kwan, about topical issues and trends affecting the Western Canadian recreational real estate market and tourism.

Opportunities, Threats, Strengths & Weaknesses Within The Western Canadian Hotel And Recreational Real Estate Market October 2010

Western Canada’s leading hoteliers and resort developers, advisors as well as marketers and recreational real estate trendsetters will have their annual dialogue this year at the Vancouver Convention Centre , October 18-19, 2010. The Western Canadian Hotel and Resort Investment Conference is designed to provide attendees with critical new information affecting the tourism and recreational real estate development industries while providing invaluable networking opportunities.



2009 Press Coverage

Research Revealed At Resort Investment Conference Hightlights Consumer Optimism In Recreational Property Industry
 

With 2009 being one of the most challenging years on record for recreational real estate, Harris Decima recently released a study on the future of the sector at the annual Canadian Resort Investment Conference. The study uncovered significant interest in the purchase of recreational property among Canadians and showcased both opportunities and necessary changes that will determine the future success of the industry.

 

Largest Canadian Resort Industry Conference Comes To Calgary

 

 

On October 21 and 22, 2009 over 200 hundred of resort industry professionals from owners to senior management, consultants, financers, developers, builders and more will gather at the Westin Calgary for the 2nd annual Canadian Resort Investment Conference (CRIC). Only once a year is there a forum such as the CRIC that brings together an array of depth and experience in real estate/resort development. With 2009 being one of the most challenging years on record, the need for new business models, rebuilding investor confidence and understanding changing consumer values are more critical than ever.

Experts Belive Interest In Recreational Real Estate Can Be Revived By Placing More Value On User Experience

 

One of the industrys most profoundly hit by the economic downturn has been real estate/recreational property. With Canadian economists recently announcing the end, if not, near end of the recession, recreational real estate industry players are now concentrating on solution-finding to revive and clean up the situation left behind in the wake of the economic downturn. In good or bad economic times however, a familiar refrain is fully understanding and truly engaging with consumers by focusing on the user experience.

JOIN THE DISCUSSION: Check Out What Our Speakers Will Be Talking About!

With Canadian economists recently announcing the end, if not near end, of the recession, recreational real estate industry players are now concentrating on solution-finding to revive and clean up the situation left behind in the wake of the economic downturn. Join the discussion on OCTOBER 22 at the upcoming Canadian Resort Investment Conference in Calgary...here's a quick glance at what our speakers will be talking about.

FEATURED SPEAKER: Jon Zwickel, EVP | Bellstar Hotels & Resorts

Jon brings over 40 years of hospitality industry experience to the Bellstar management team. A third generation hotelier, he started his career in his family hospitality business at a very young age. He has been involved in acquiring, developing, re-positioning and managing hotel and resort properties in Canada, Central America and the Eastern United States.

FEATURED SPEAKER: David Allison, Owner | Braun/Allison Inc.
 

David has worked in the marketing and advertising business for more than 20 years. From 2005 - 2008 he was VP Marketing for Sotheby's International Realty Canada and Blueprint Global Marketing , where he was focused entirely on developing marketing programs around the world for residential and resort real estate projects. At the same time he and his partner Marcus Braun co-founded Braun/Allison Inc., a marketing creative services firm specializing in real estate marketing campaigns.

FEATURED SPEAKER: Joe Miotto, Vice-President Planning | NORR Architects Planners Inc.

With nearly 30 years experience as a Land Development Consultant, Joe is considered a leading professional and a valued strategist in the resort development community. His keen understanding of economic strategies and market sensitivity, coupled with his vast knowledge of physical land planning, has earned him the trust of numerous clients throughout North America.



2008 Press Coverage

Canadians Show Strong Interest in Owning Recreational Real Estate Says Harris Decima Study

2008 Harris/Decima study in the recreational real estate sector uncovered significant interest in the purchase of leisure real estate properties among Canadians.

First Annual Canadian Resort Investment Conference Provides Positive Outlook for Industry

Despite a changing market, over 200 Canadian resort developers came to Kelowna, BC for the first annual Canadian Resort Investment Conference to hear from each other and learn from research conducted by Harris/Decima on what the opportunities are for growth in recreational real estate.