Tourism Vancouver is a not for profit business association representing approximately 1,050 members in tourism and related activities. Our purpose is to effectively market Metro Vancouver as a destination for leisure, meeting and event travellers. Our goals are to attract visitors to the region, encourage them to stay longer or to return for many more visits.
Tourism Vancouver is the Official provider of travel information to visitors of Vancouver. In addition to operating its flagship Visitor Centre in Downtown Vancouver at 200 Burrard Street, Tourism Vancouver also operates satellite Visitor Centres at convention and special event locations throughout the city.
Tourism Vancouver first came to be in 1902, under the name of the "Vancouver Information & Tourist Bureau". Over the years our name has evolved to the current name of Tourism Vancouver – The Greater Vancouver Conventions and Visitors Bureau.
Tourism Vancouver’s volunteer program was established in 1996 with the first group of 13 volunteers at our downtown Touristinfo Centre. Since then Tourism Vancouver’s volunteer program has expanded to over 200 volunteers at multiple Visitor Centre and City Host locations.
Tourism Vancouver offers one type of volunteer position in variety of settings: Volunteer Visitor Counsellor & City Host. Volunteer Visitor Counsellors & City Hosts contribute to Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Services department by significantly increasing its ability to deliver industry leading travel counselling and product promotion. The volunteers play an essential role in maintaining the service excellence that is expected by the visitors, members and industry partners.
After completing a comprehensive training and orientation program the volunteers are relied upon to respond to visitor inquiries and whenever possible promoting Tourism Vancouver member products and services.
Tourism Vancouver’s volunteer recruitment usually takes place in February or March every year.
The outstanding reputation of our exciting industry is due to the quality and calibre of our people. We are seeking local residents with a special interest in assisting visitors to our beautiful city, who bring with them a sound knowledge of Vancouver and British Columbia. Customer service, sales, information counselling, fluency in other languages are some of the beneficial skills and experience, among a few other specific qualifications that are desired for the volunteer positions at Tourism Vancouver:
All volunteers are required to complete a mandatory 3-day provincial certification training program called Tourism Visitor Counsellor training.
During this training, volunteers receive an introduction to Tourism Vancouver’s customer service expectations, a review of a variety of travel counselling tools and an orientation to the various aspects of the visitor centres. Following this classroom style training volunteers receive additional on-site shadowing and coaching. After the completion of 40 hours of on-site counselling experience volunteers receive a performance evaluation which is the final step in completing the requirements of Tourism Visitor Counsellor Certification.
In addition to the initial training, in-house workshops and member product familiarization tours are organized as part of Tourism Vancouver’s commitment to on-going training and product knowledge development.
Tourism Vancouver is committed to exceeding expectations and invests a lot of resources into recruiting, training and supporting its staff & volunteers. To provide the best travel information services and create positive experiences for all visitors to Vancouver, Tourism Vancouver requests the following volunteer time commitment.
A uniform and a nametag are important indicators of consistent, professional service. As part of Tourism Vancouver’s commitment to professionalism and superior customer service a communal or personal volunteer vest or a jacket (depending on location) and a nametag are currently provided. The volunteer is responsible for providing their own white shirt/blouse, black dress pants/skirt and closed toe black shoes.
Water, coffee, tea, milk or hot chocolate is always available for volunteers to enjoy at the main Visitor Centre. In addition surprise treats are offered from time to time as a way of appreciation. As a not for profit organization, Tourism Vancouver is currently unable to offer free transit fares or meals for volunteers.
The volunteer program has various activities and rewards to show Tourism Vancouver’s appreciation for the volunteers’ professionalism and time commitment. The following are some of the rewards and opportunities offered at Tourism Vancouver:
You may fill out our on-line Volunteer Application form in advance. Volunteer applications are kept on file for next recruitment. Volunteer recruiting for Tourism Vancouver is selective. Candidates must complete an application form, followed by a personal interview to determine their knowledge, enthusiasm, availability, commitment and interest in promoting Metro Vancouver and Tourism Vancouver members.