The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) has launched a review of policies and regulations related to the rental of Whistler’s tourism accommodation (TA) properties.
The process will consist of a detailed analysis of the existing situation, including research on trends in online booking systems and customer expectations regarding services and amenities, as well as an inventory of Whistler’s existing tourist accommodation properties, policies and regulations.
Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden said, “Whistler’s ongoing commitment to our ‘warm bed’ policy supported by zoning and land title restrictions, has provided a secure supply of tourist accommodation to Whistler’s visitors in proximity to resort amenities. It has also been instrumental in the growth of the resort as an international destination.”
She added, “Whistler’s core accommodation mix was established 30 to 40 years ago, and trends in tourism and booking have evolved since then. This project is aimed to review issues with current tourist accommodation rentals and may result in changes to regulations and policy to meet the changing needs of Whistler’s visitors and the resort community.”
Whistler has a strong supply and wide range of properties zoned for visitor rentals with approximately 10,200 accommodation units in hotels, lodges, inns, condos, townhomes, detached dwellings, bed and breakfasts, pensions, hostels and RV and camping sites.
The core tourist accommodation base, providing centrally located “warm beds” in Whistler Village and adjacent to amenities, includes 2,600 accommodation units with Phase 1 Rental Pool covenants and 2,800 accommodation units with Phase 2 Rental Pool covenants. These tourist accommodation properties have title restrictions requiring availability of the unit for visitor use under various terms.
Timeline and community engagement
The project, which is expected to take place from spring 2016 through summer 2017, will engage resort partners, tourism accommodation stakeholders and the general public to gain insight, provide information and obtain feedback.
Interviews will be used to connect with stakeholder representatives this summer, and online surveys will be used to gather input from all stakeholders and community members in fall 2016 and early 2017. Results will be shared with the community.
This project will result in a series of recommendations, which may include tourism accommodation and regulation changes aimed at more effectively governing the rental of Whistler’s tourism accommodation properties for the benefit of Whistler’s visitors and resort community.
For inquiries, please email TAreview@whistler.ca.