Tourism Cowichan

Tourism Cowichan are the official DESTINATION MARKETING ORGANIZATION for the Cowichan region. Their mandate is to deliver destination marketing services for Cowichan in our primary markets of Victoria and Vancouver Island, the Lower mainland, Washington State and Alberta.

Tourism Cowichan

They are a non for profit stakeholder lead society. Their stakeholders are tourism businesses, organizations and individuals within the tourism industry. There is no membership fee to join. Members are able to leverage their own marketing budgets with us in order to increase and improve their presence in the tourism market.

How to be Involved

  1. Ensure you are a TCS stakeholder to receive a complimentary standard listing
  2. Purchase a premium listing for optimal placement and promotion. $400 annually or pro-rated (works out to about $30/month)!
  3. Submit any events through their Event page to be listed on the website, as well as potentially be highlighted on social media and their tourist facing newsletter
  4. Help share content through your social media channels
  5. Vote and encourage your guests to vote on Cowichan’s Top Ten
  6. Purchase an ad in their annual Visitor Guide, to be featured in the online copy of the guide

Sign up today!

Send your event!

How to Interact

  1. Connect: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | Vimeo
  2. Tag them in your posts! Use #explorecowichan
  3. Share their content (blogs, videos, posts, photos) on your pages
  4. Send them your events or other newsworthy content and they would be happy to help promote

Stakeholder Benefits

  1. Complimentary standard listing on new website
  2. Opportunity to participate in Tourism Cowichan’s co-operative marketing programs
  3. Eligible for increased promotion through travel trade
  4. Eligible to participate in partner programs with RDMO’s
  5. Special rates and considerations for advertising and promotion (content creation, Visitors Guide)
  6. Access to Tourism Cowichan Marketing tool kit
  7. Eligible for complimentary promotion via website, content, social media and tourism facing e-newsletter
  8. Active stakeholders are eligible for Board positions, committee positions and can vote at any regular, annual or special general meeting

 

Meeting Minutes – May 2017

Download the latest approved meeting minutes in PDF format.

Canada 150 Window Decorating – Winner!

Canada 150 logoWe encouraged all businesses to decorate their business window(s) in the Canada 150 theme.

Canada 150 celebrations end at the end of December and it is great to see the ideas.

The winner was Royal LePage on the corner of Roberts and 1st Avenue with their “Canada 150 Tea Party” (thank you Jennifer) with notable mention to Salamander Books (thank you, Frieda).

NEWS RELEASE – Business Walk 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ladysmith, October 5, 2016 – Working in partnership, the Town of Ladysmith, the Ladysmith Downtown Business Association and the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce organized Ladysmith’s first Business Walk on Wednesday, June 22, 2016.

Business Walk

A “Business Walk” is a day dedicated to learning more about local businesses through face-to-face interviews. During Business Walk 2016, more than 30 local leaders and key community stakeholders went door-to-door surveying 94 businesses with the goal of gathering knowledge to help the business community and strengthen relationships.

When asked about the current state of their business, 59% of respondents indicated that their business was good/increasing, another 28% responded fair/steady and 13% of respondents indicating that their business was slow/poor.

During Business Walk 2016, a number of opportunities for helping businesses thrive were identified.  Survey respondents highlighted the need for help in finding skilled employees and the need to expand their customer base as key priorities. They also pointed to the need to examine property taxes and municipal regulations and their relationship to business development.  Creating increased parking opportunities, access to public washrooms, enhanced wayfaring signage and new communication and marketing tools for business also rose to the top as opportunities for demonstrating an “open for business” attitude in Ladysmith.

“On behalf of the Business Walk Steering Committee, I would like to thank all the business owners we spoke to for their honesty and participation,” said Guillermo Ferrero, Town of Ladysmith City Manager.  “With the information we now have, we can work together with and for local businesses to help them thrive, because their success is our community’s success.”

As partners on the Steering Committee consider how to move forward with the study findings, they’re aware of the need for continued collaboration and communication. On Tuesday, October 25th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Steering Committee Members will be hosting a Community Forum on Business and Economic Development at the Ladysmith Seniors Centre to give a report on the results of the Business Walk. At the meeting, committee members will also discuss the support programs and economic development initiatives taking place locally and regionally that can help act on business priorities.

“As one of the partners in this important initiative, the LDBA believe that a crucial piece of this process is reconnecting with the business community so that we can all move our town forward in a united, cohesive way,” said Paul Mycroft, LDBA President. “It’s one of the most important meetings of the year to attend if you want to be involved in the improvement of our future economic picture.”

Please call the Chamber of Commerce at (250) 245-2112 to reserve a seat – all are welcome but seating may be limited.

The Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce, established in 1930, is a voluntary organization of business and professional men and women working together for the purpose of promoting the civic, commercial, and industrial progress of their community.

For further details, or to obtain a copy of the report, please contact:

Mark Drysdale, Manager
Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce

T:  (250) 245-2112
F:  (250) 245-2124
E:  mark [at] ladysmithcofc [dot] com

Featured Business: Barnacle Barney’s

Barnacle Barney's
Owner Jerry Yu Hai Lee

Located at Roberts and 1st Avenue in downtown Ladysmith, they sell fish & chips and Chinese food to the Ladysmith community.

Call them on 250-245-0899 or visit at 341A 1st Avenue!

Visit them at barnacle-barneys.com.

When are you available?

Any time in the day from Monday to Saturday, 11 am to 7 pm.

Barnacle Barney's

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Featured Business: Left Coast Fashions

Left Coast Fashions

Left Coast Fashions features the best of West Coast sustainable style with a focus on local designs. This new boutique showcases Vancouver Island clothing, jewelry, soaps, candles and art.

When are you available?

Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Can stay later if arranged in advance.

What other businesses do you use in town?

Canvas Plus, Little Otter’s children’s store, Pharmasave, Ladysmith & District Credit Union.

What inspired you to start your business?

Wanting to support local artisans and offer more shopping  variety to women.

What is your business philosophy?

The goal is to have the majority of the store stocked with Island made goods, selecting sustainable fabrics such as organic cotton and bamboo where possible, while providing selections at an affordable price point.

Creating a positive welcoming space where local women can shop and feel great in their new purchases!

What is the secret to your success?

Having products the customers love and can’t find locally except for at the artisan markets, making it very convenient to have over 20 different BC designers featured in one place where you can try the pieces on before buying.

Owner Bio

After living in Vancouver most of my adult life, Tamara moved to the Island 4 years ago and loves it! She lives with her husband and 2 children in Nanaimo, and enjoys all the outdoor activities like boating in the summer. She loves Christmas and can’t wait to decorate my new store and participate in the Ladysmith Christmas festivities this year as a business owner instead of just a visitor. 🙂

Tamara Stone
Tamara Stone

Call Tamara on 250-816-4148 with questions.

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With your membership, you get 3 FREE professional photos per year, which we use to feature your business, put into our Facebook page, and include in our email news. Order yours today »

Photos must not be used outside of this website unless you have permission from 49th Parallel Printers.

 

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