Vancouver Whistler Joint Partnership
Tourism Vancouver and Tourism Whistler Partner up to Attract International Incentives and Meetings
Tourism Whistler and Tourism Vancouver have announced a regional destination partnership to increase meeting and incentive market share in the UK and Mexico. The partnership includes joint in-market representation and creates a great benefit to meeting and incentive planners considering two of British Columbia’s most sought-after locations for conferences and reward programs. Whistler and Vancouver have always been desirable locations for UK organizations looking for long-haul meeting and incentive destinations. Recent increased flight capacities, an array of new experiences and products in both destinations, as well as the physical presence of Business Events Canada’s office in London all helped fuel the concept of the joint partnership.
Lois E. Wallis will be responsible for business development in the UK and Europe for Whistler and Vancouver. She has been on contract with Tourism Vancouver since January 2016 and has greatly improved Vancouver’s market presence and lead volume in those key markets. Currently residing in London, Lois is a former Vancouverite with a strong Vancouver hotel sales background with Pan Pacific and Fairmont Hotel Group. She is an industry veteran with over 20 years of hospitality experience working in Canada, United States and UK/Europe and has been very active in the incentive and corporate market along with International Congresses.
Margarita Valle, a strong and experienced in-market hospitality expert, will be supporting efforts as the new representative in Mexico. A former Director of Sales for the Starwood Global sales office in Mexico City, Margarita brings 30 years of experience and client relationships to this position. Her broad range of industry connections extends beyond the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events (MICE) market and includes corporate retail and wholesale, luxury markets and airline contacts. Margarita will focus on the MICE market for Whistler and Vancouver, specifically on end user corporate and incentive business as well as third party agencies who are driving incentive business.