Vancouver City Council to consider insurance policies to catalyze new accommodations

Without a lot more hotel rooms to exchange just lately misplaced potential and set up a significant web gain, a person of Vancouver’s largest career-supporting industries, tourism and hospitality, could suffer enormously.

For this motive, ABC Vancouver metropolis councillor Sarah Kirby-Yung is requesting Metropolis Council to build new insurance policies that properly catalyze a lot-necessary new hotel place provide.

In a new member movement that is envisioned to be deliberated and accredited upcoming 7 days, Kirby-Yung wants City employees to set up targets for monitoring new resort rooms, related to the municipal government’s 10-12 months Housing Vancouver targets of catalyzing 72,000 new homes between 2018 and 2027.

City staff members would also recognize means to expedite the evaluation approach for new resort proposal apps. Presently, it is approximated only about 1,100 new rooms are in the different software levels by means of 2026.

As very well, they will take into account growing the 2018-applied Interim Hotel Advancement Policy beyond its present-day geographical restrictions in the Downtown South location, and expand the policy’s thing to consider for mixed-use developments, this kind of as hotel/residential buildings, lodge/workplace properties, and business-to-resort conversions.

The motion cites Location Vancouver’s (earlier acknowledged as Tourism Vancouver) warnings in a March 2023 report that the Metro Vancouver region as a whole is going through a shortage of 20,000 lodge rooms above the coming decades, which include 10,000 within just Vancouver.

This would be equal to practically doubling the existing hotel home supply, with the region presently carrying a ability of about 23,300 rooms across 163 qualities, such as about 13,300 rooms in 78 attributes in Vancouver.

This accounts for the attrition of more than 1,000 lodge rooms among 2008 and 2018 in Vancouver because of to redevelopments and lodge-to-household conversions, such as some of Vancouver’s preceding significant portions of more cost-effective hotel source, and a even more approximately 600 rooms misplaced early on in the pandemic from governments acquiring small-end properties for rapid supportive housing for the homeless. Vancouver now has much less hotel rooms than the lead-up to the Olympics.

If the source of hotel rooms continues to be at latest levels, Desired destination Vancouver anticipates true demand for resort rooms will exceed source in the summer months in Vancouver commencing in 2026, the exact year the city co-hosts the FIFA Planet Cup, followed by beginning in the summertime in the relaxation of Metro Vancouver by 2028, and just about every thirty day period of the year across the location by 2040.

The shortage of resort rooms will drive up costs, producing Vancouver even extra unaffordable to stop by, primarily for reduce earnings folks these kinds of as pupils and other more youthful people. In accordance to industrial genuine estate company Avison Young, in 2022, Vancouver had the  highest regular every day amount among Canada’s six most significant significant city resort marketplaces.

This worsening shortage will also make Vancouver fewer aggressive in attracting tourism-generating and career-supporting conventions, conferences, concert events, sporting gatherings, and other functions, as nicely as leisure journey.

If the lodge place lack persists, by 2050, it is expected the economic impacts will be $30.6 billion in foregone output, $16.6 billion in forgone GDP, over 168,000 of foregone whole-time work, and $7.5 billion in foregone tax earnings for all a few governing administration levels.

“Without new rooms, the deficiency of hotel provide in Metro Vancouver will translate into important losses to the provincial economy,” wrote Kirby-Yung.

“Vancouver’s ongoing loss of hotel rooms was identified by the tourism sector prior to the pandemic and is because of to progress procedures that delivered geographic and zoning limitations. The higher cost of land is also ensuing in alternate use of web sites such as conversion to household housing, and the high prices of functioning qualities are also a barrier. Prolonged acceptance processes, watch cone restrictions and stringent shadow protections have developed supplemental challenges.”

The dwindling range of lodge rooms over the past ten years has also contributed to the proliferation of lawful and illegal short-term rental houses, this kind of as Airbnb. Additional restrictions on short-time period rentals as an included evaluate to handle the housing disaster — outside of the City’s 2017-enacted procedures regulating small-phrase rentals — could restrict overall customer accommodations even more.