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Chairman of the Tourism Board Sue Popesku says the workshop will include stakeholders who deal with tourist in Fort St. John – including businesses and organizations that put on events.

“It includes everyone who welcomes tourist to this community – how we treat them and what services we should have for them when they get here,” explain Popesku of the upcoming workshop.

She says there’s a particular need to service the non-traditional tourists who come into Fort St. John on a more regular basis.

“Many of them come from 30 miles or more outside of this community to do shoping – even their grocery shopping,” Popesku goes on to say. “Anybody who visits Fort St. John to visit their families, to have a wedding, to have a funeral – all kinds of visitors comes to Fort St. John all year long.”

“The visitor is not just the rubber tire traffic that goes up and down the highway in the summer time.”

She says the seasonal sports tournament presents its own need to cater to those athletes and families in an effort to not only make their stay more enjoyable, but encourage a longer stay as well.

Popesku does credit the ongoing events that have already become part of the city’s identity – such as the Fall Fair, Air Show and High on Ice, and hopes stakeholders like these will come to the workshop with fresh ideas.

“There’s no fee associated, but we’d like them to come prepared to share their information with the rest of the crowd.”

The workshop is being held at the Pomeroy Sport Centre Thursday April 23, 2015 beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Those still interested in attending need to register no later than Wednesday April 22, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. You can do so by calling Popesku at 250 785 6214

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