Make sure to stop by the Village Host kiosk in Village Square on Monday, May 30 from 1 to 4 p.m., where Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden will be volunteering in celebration of Tourism Week in Canada.
The Mayor signed up for the Village Host shift following a challenge from the British Columbia Provincial Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, Shirley Bond to mayors across the province to volunteer in the tourism sector.
Tourism Week in Canada takes place May 29 to June 4, 2016 with the goal to highlight the impact of travel and tourism in Canada and raise the sector’s profile with policy-makers. The Province and the Tourism Association of British Columbia are leading efforts to bring awareness to the sector in British Columbia.
“Tourism is Whistler’s economic driver, and I’m proud to join the Village Host team to be part of an effort to raise awareness of this sector in the province and across the country,” said Wilhelm-Morden.
Globally, tourism accounts for one out of every 11 jobs and 628,000 jobs in Canada. In B.C. tourism is a key economic driver and Whistler is a major part of that. Each year Whistler sees 2.7 million unique visitors, resulting in $1.44 billion of consumer spending and a 25 per cent share of BC’s provincial export economy. More details on Whistler’s economic activity will be released this summer by the Economic Partnership Initiative.
Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour said, ""British Columbia is experiencing incredible growth in tourism. We saw a 7.9 per cent increase in international tourists as 4.9 million international visitors came to our province in 2015. With a strong U.S. dollar, many British Columbians are also opting to experience B.C.'s world-class tourism through a staycation and exploring B.C. It is indeed a time to celebrate Tourism Week in Canada and such an important industry that's helping B.C. be an economic leader in Canada."
Walt Judas, CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of BC said, "The Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC) is excited to be celebrating National Tourism Week with our member partners across this province. While TIABC continues to advocate for the interests of B.C.'s $14.6 billion industry, we also take the opportunity to celebrate the tremendous success and importance of the visitor economy to our province. Wishing all of British Columbia a fantastic National Tourism Week because #BCTourismMatters."
Run by the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW), the Village Host program is one of the many ways that Whistler delivers an outstanding experience to its visitors.
Village Hosts assist guests throughout the year by providing directions and information about activities, events and more. The program is composed mainly of volunteers and celebrates its 10 year anniversary this summer. Complementing the Village Hosts, this summer the RMOW will also run a Bike Host program to assist guests in Whistler’s parks and trails.
“I can’t imagine a more fitting way to celebrate Tourism Week in Canada than by volunteering alongside our outstanding Village Hosts,” added Wilhelm-Morden. “They provide an invaluable service to our community throughout the year and help make Whistler such a special place to visit. We look forward to seeing you on the Village Stroll on Monday, May 30.”