New three-year funding models for community visitor centres

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A new, three-year base funding model for community visitor services centres in the Peace region are aimed to ensure “more stable and predictable funding and allow for greater flexibility and innovation.”

Destination BC has announced the model (at least $10,000 annually for three years) for the 108 community visitor centres it helps support.

Communities receiving annual funding for the next three years:

  • Fort St. John: $12,500
  • Taylor: $10,000
  • Dawson Creek: $20,000
  • Hudson’s Hope: $10,000
  • Chetwynd: $12,500
  • Tumbler Ridge: $10,000
  • Fort Nelson: $12,500

As well, an innovation fund will be available in 2016 to assist communities with projects that help them adapt to the changing needs and expectations of visitors, including through the use of technology.

Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm said visitors to the Peace Country will “continue to receive quality, world-class services from our visitor centres.”

“The innovation fund will also be available to help these communities adapt to changing visitor needs.”

“Tourism is a key economic driver and job creator in British Columbia,” Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier said. “Our visitor centres will continue to provide valuable community information to travellers and visitors to our region.”

Bernier isn’t wrong about tourism in BC – in 2013, the tourism industry generated $13.9 billion in revenue.

It was made a direct contribution to BC’s gross domestic product of $7.3 billion, accounting for 4% of the Province’s total GDP.