BCHA introduces new member benefit package

VANCOUVER — The British Columbia Hotel Association (BCHA) launched a new member benefit package to its board of directors at the November meeting.

VANCOUVER — The British Columbia Hotel Association (BCHA) launched a new member benefit package to its board of directors at the November meeting.

The new package structure was developed based on member feedback.

“We are committed to providing our members with increased value and benefits to assist them in operating their properties,” said James Chase, CEO of BCHA. “Developing programs with leading suppliers that offer specific savings and additional value is one of the ways we believe our members can be more successful, particularly those that don’t have a large brand or management company negotiating on their behalf.” 

Announced programs include key business needs such as payment processing, insurance, payroll, natural gas and ATMs, as well as FF&E such as casegoods, linens, mattresses and seating, and operational supplies, including cleaning and pool chemicals, lighting, coffee and coffee equipment, printing and key cards.

Jason Cheskes, president of Above The Line Solutions, who has been very involved in both the hospitality industry group purchasing market in Canada and had significant long-term involvement in the hospitality industry and associations, will assist in overseeing the program and the partnerships with suppliers. 

Following the launch to the general membership, the BCHA will be undertaking a member purchasing survey to examine in which additional areas BCHA members could need assistance, and will work with the vendor community to address that. Additionally, a vendor marketplace event will take place, including the benefit partners, as part of BCHA’s annual Summit. The event, Summit 2017, taking place in Victoria, April 3-4, 2017, will also recognize the Association’s 100th year of operation. 

For further information about the BCHA’s member benefit programs, contact Louise Thompson, member services coordinator, at 604-443-4756 or louise@bchotelassociation.com