February 13, 2009: Tourism education award winners

      Friday, February 13, 2009
      Contact: Shelley Kean

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Terry Hood, general manager of LinkBC: the tourism and hospitality education network hosted by Capilano University and VCC, and former Capilano University tourism instructor, Dr. Brian White, were presented February 12 with a William Van Horne Visionary award at the 2009 B.C. Tourism Industry awards. The event was hosted by Tourism British Columbia and the Council of Tourism Associations (COTA) at Vancouver’s Hyatt Regency Hotel.

      The William Van Horne Visionary award recognizes those leaders who pioneered an early vision for tourism, which has contributed to the current success of British Columbia's tourism industry. Recipients of this award are jointly decided by Tourism Vancouver and COTA.

      Capilano University recently collaborated with LinkBC to develop the 2010 Open Education Resources Project. This will provide instructors at all B.C. institutions with easy access to information on the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

      Capilano University serves the communities of the Lower Mainland, Howe Sound, and the Sunshine Coast through campuses in North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt. Enrolment totals 6,700 students in credit programs each term with an additional 7,000 people taking non-credit courses annually. Capilano offers a complete range of preparatory courses, university transfer courses, business and management studies, creative and applied arts programs, health and human services programs, plus a range of services in support of student learning and success. Credentials awarded include bachelor degrees, associate degrees, post-baccalaureate diplomas, advanced diplomas, diplomas, certificates and statements of completion. For more information, visit www.capilanou.ca

      is a network of 20 public post-secondary partners, and affiliates, with tourism and hospitality programs across British Columbia. These education partners work together to promote best practices in tourism education, share research findings, tourism knowledge, and resources. For more information, visit http://linkbc.ca

      Tourism British Columbia is a Crown corporation that operates under an industry-led board of directors and is responsible for marketing the Super Natural British Columbia brand to the world. To access comprehensive information about the business of tourism in British Columbia and Tourism British Columbia's programs, visit www.tourismbc.com 

      The Council of Tourism Associations is the voice of the BC tourism industry, representing BC's major tourism organizations and businesses. Tourism contributes $10 billion annually to the BC economy, and directly employs 118,000 workers. For more information on COTA please visit www.cotabc.com