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    What Are We Without Hospitality?

    The British Columbia restaurant industry brought in $14 billion dollars in annual sales accounting for 5% of our provinces' GDP and for 7.3% of British Columbia’s workforce in 2018, according to Restaurants Canada
     
    Restaurants, brewpubs, wineries and eateries not only contribute jobs and a significant portion of our provincial GDP, but they are also where our communities gather and the lifeblood of our city. They infuse our city with vibrancy, culture and charm. We take our guests out to get a taste of Kamloops at these institutions. In fact, every day 3.4 million of us visit restaurants in British Columbia for business lunches, family outings, date nights or to celebrate, but with already slim margins and higher taxes, how will we ensure that the cultural hotspots of our city can not only survive, but thrive?
     
    We have heard that the new Employer Health Tax (EHT) has affected these already tight margins with one restaurant in Victoria adding a 1% fee to customers bills to help remedy this new expense. Swiss Chalet and Harvey’s will close after seven years of operation due to the owners' “financial issues” which will see 27 people looking for a new job. Let's do our part. 
     
    Throughout Febraury, we encourage you to get out and try out one of our many terrific restaurants throughout the city. Whether for brunch at Cora’s, pints at the Noble Pig or wings at the Pogue Mahone’s – let’s show our friends in the hospitality sector our support while tickling our taste buds. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #KamBiz so we can share your experience on our social media platforms. Need some ideas? You can view our member hospitality providers here.
     

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