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REPORTING · 29th November 2010
Walter McFarlane
Trish Parsons, Manager of the Chamber of Commerce took the stand at the City Council Meeting on November 1st to talk about Community Tourism Development Foundation Program.

She said she was looking for commitment from the Council on this particular issue. Funding for this program would be provided by Northern BC Tourism and the Ministry of Tourism Culture and the Arts.

“We have been approved for a facilitator in their physical budget which ends March 31st of 2011 and it would be an ideal time for this facilitator to come to Kitimat in January, February or March, in that timeline as people are available and not in the tourism season,” said Parsons.

Councillor Randy Halyk inquired about a group which had presented on promoting communities through social media and wanted to know if they would be coming to Kitimat.

Hall on the other hand inquired about this being the first phase of the program. Hall clarified if she would be seeking funding for the later phases. Parsons replied they need to come up with a timeline, strategies and then decide the further budget they would need.

She stated this group will organize the tourism groups in Kitimat so they could all be on the same page.

In addition, with the help of Mayor Joanne Monaghan, Parsons showed the Chambers Christmas Cards and Passport Program.

“Last year, we had a very quick two weeks to put that together. It was extremely successful, we had 45 businesses participate. This year, we have 51 businesses and we’re starting the program four weeks earlier,” said Parsons.

Shoppers have to collect 20 of the 51 stamps from businesses. Then they hand in their books at the participating businesses or the Chamber of Commerce. The passports are drawn on December 18th for prizes.

With no further questions, Parsons sat down. Later in the meeting, Councillor Rob Goffinet made a motion to support the Community Tourism Foundation. It was carried.