Global TV News created some excitement in Port Hardy last Wednesday as they arrived to broadcast live from Carrot Park. According to Anchor Chris Gailus the team was in town as part of a focus on BC Tourism.
"We're hopscotching around the province picking one location each week to highlight and talk about tourism and tourism-related things," Gailus said.
Transforming and diversifying the local economy, so that it is not so reliant on the resource industry, into something that is more supportive of the BC tourism industry is one of the stories coming out of Global's visit to the North Island.
Keeping in mind, of course that "part of what makes this (area) special is it's remoteness." "I think their aim is to find out how we feel about our evolving economy and being the gateway to the wilderness. The place that people in the city go to when their looking to wind down," said Mayor Hank Bood who sat down for an on air interview with Global.
"We talked about the North Coast Trail, our world class diving, and the fact that we seem to be having a little upturn in our economy that seems to be due to tourism and cultural tourism for one," said Bood. "The publicity will open the window on the fact that Port Hardy is becoming a place where people from all over the world come to see the wild," said the Mayor.
Gailus was joined by Meteorologist Mark Madryga.