Hardy launches new tourism committee

The fledgling group held it's inaugural meeting June 16 to discuss tourism.

“In a nut shell…a fabulous start,” said Donna Gault, chair of the District of Port Hardy’s new Tourism Advisory Committee.

The fledgling group held its inaugural meeting June 16 to discuss the concept and Gault was acclaimed Chair. The group has met several times since then.

“I am excited. It is a new beginning for the District of Port Hardy Tourism Advisory Committee,” said Gault. “The District recognizes the importance of tourism and wants to participate at the committee level.

“They are looking for advice from the accommodation providers as well as directions for the marketing plan,” she said.

The purpose of the committee is to enhance marketing and to increase tourism. In order to achieve this, the committee’s first order of business will be to negotiate an increase of the Municipal Regional District Tax (Hotel Tax) from two per cent to three per cent for the next five years, with the extra dollars being used exclusively for marketing.

“We are asking for three per cent to give us that little extra to make things happen for Port Hardy,” said Gault.

The committee consists of a minimum of six members including two district councillors, the Chief Financial Officer, the Director of Finance, and representatives from Vancouver Island North Tourism, Tourism Port Hardy, Visitor Information Centre, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Tourism Stakeholders Group.

At their regular council meeting July 19, council appointed Mike Kelly (Tides & Tales, Codfather Charters) to the committee.

“There was very little catch up for most of the committee members as they were involved already in Tourism Port Hardy, so it was a quick get set, ready and go,” Gault said.

“We are looking for more input and will be consulting with the accommodation providers shortly,” she added.

The committee will report to council.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Work has started on Malahat Skywalk, expected completion in 2021

$15-million project expected to open in spring, 2021

North Island Seniors Housing Foundation is progressing towards its goals

“The membership of the Foundation reflects the multicultural demographics of the North Island”

VIDEO: North Island Bantam Eagles dominate round robin playoff games on home ice

“The guys knew this was a big game and we came ready to compete”

Ninth annual Victor’s Secret Fashion Show raises $11,690 for North Island cancer patients

“I am overwhelmed, that in tough times, you still pull through to help this event”

LETTER: Loaves and Fishes competing with Harvest Food Bank?

“Is this a political move by Food Banks BC to increase its profile”

B.C. reports first coronavirus in Vancouver region

First patient visited Wuhan, China, reported symptoms

Landowner hearings begin for Trans Mountain expansion in Alberta

Detailed route talks start in Spruce Grove, in B.C. communities soon

VIDEO: Canada looking to help 126 Canadians quarantined in China for coronavirus

China has confirmed more than 4,500 cases of the new virus, with more than 100 deaths

Baby Bear statue returned to be reunited with Mama and Papa in Island Secret Garden spot

Culprit left it near the Henry Road roundabout in Chemainus with a note attached

Alessia Cara to host and perform at 2020 Juno Awards

Multi-platinum Canadian singer-songwriter also up for six awards, including Artist of the Year

Watch out for scams, clickbait in the wake of Kobe Bryant’s death: Better Business Bureau

Kobe Bryant and his daughter were killed in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles

‘Very disrespectful’: Headstones at Okanagan cemetery damaged by excavation crew

Headstones at Enderby’s Cliffside Cemetery mistakenly driven over by excavation crew

Despite reports of decline, birds flocking to national parks in Canadian Rockies

Recent studies suggest overall bird population has slid by three billion since 1970

Former UN committee member defends stance on B.C.’s Coastal GasLink pipeline

First Nations LNG Alliance accused UN committee, human rights watchdog of not doing their research

Most Read