February 8, 2012 8-9pm PST: Ways to Boost Winery Tourism in BC–Part Une

HERE’S HOW THE CHAT WENT:

WAYS TO BOOST WINERY TOURISM–PART UNE February 8, 2012

Wineries in BC rely heavily on tourism for their sales, and with 200 winery licenses in BC there are certainly plenty of wineries for tourists to choose to spend their money.  What initiatives could BC wineries be doing that they are not doing to attract new visitors as well as to get return visits? Is promotion of wineries all about the regions in which the wineries are located or are there more provincial-wide promotions that should occur?  What kind of amenities are BC wine tourists looking for when they travel?  How good is the BC wine industry at changing to accommodate tourists’ needs and desires?

Come with your constructive comments and we’ll have a great discussion.

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February 1, 2012 8-9pm PST: Vancouver Playhouse

HERE’S HOW THE CHAT WENT:

VANCOUVER PLAYHOUSE February 1, 2012

The Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival is now in its 34th year celebrating wines from around the globe.  It attracts over 25,000 people with wine on their mind and features 1,700 wines from 15 countries.  Each year the VPIWF focuses on a region and a wine and this year it is Wines of Chile and Cabernet(s) (Sauvignon and Franc).

What events and seminars still have tickets available?  If you’re a consumer and this is your first Playhouse Wine Festival how do you tackle a room with that many wines in it?  What seminars are you attending?  If you are a winery, what gets you through the week without collapsing?  Tips, recommendations for improvement, events you would like to see, complaints…all topics are fair game for this week’s #BCWineChat.