Northern B.C. Tourism AGM Starts Today
Prince George, B.C.- Today , Prince George puts out the welcome mat for those in the tourism industry throughout Northern B.C.
“We’re really excited that this year, we are able to have a really solid line up of speakers” says Clint Fraser, CEO Of Northern B.C. Tourism. One speaker of note is Jon Montgomery, who most will know from his role as the host of Amazing Race Canada but is also an Olympic gold medalist.
“We are really excited about having someone of his calibre come and speak about his journey. Jon actually has some experience in Northern B.C., he’s been in Prince George a few times, and has also recently been in Prince Rupert and Haida Gwaii with the recent airing of the episode of Amazing Race Canada.”
The two days will see reps from across the region networking and learning.
It’s been a busy year for Northern BC Tourism, with the Google Tracker experience, and the exposure the region received from the Amazing Race Canada “Absolutely, a national broadcast like the Amazing race put a national network of eyeballs on our experiences out here” says Fraser “and certainly the episode that took place in Prince Rupert and Haida Gwaii gave exposure to those areas that we couldn’t afford to buy so it’s really nice that we could work with them and bring them to the area and work behind the scenes to get that kind of coverage.”
It has been a very good year for tourism in B.C. overall, with the number of overnight international visitors to the province surpassing the 3 million mark. From January to July of this year, 3,300,503 came to British Columbia, that’s up 12% over the same period last year.
“We are pretty fortunate with the impact the U.S. dollar is having” says Fraser “it’s strength impacts us, so we expect tourism to be stable over the next few years in Northern B.C.”