REPORTING · 23rd July 2012
Trish Parsons from the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce got up at the regular meeting of Kitimat City Council on Monday, July 16th to discuss tourism opportunities.
“I have submitted to you a proposal for additional funding the community tourism foundation program. The municipality provided us with matching funds last year, we have other funds coming from the Provincial Tourism Budget,” said Parsons.
She explained in 2011, they spent $18,000 on projects to promote Kitimat. Their original goal to try and get visitors to the community to stay longer, however, they found as times changed and accommodations became unavailable, they changed their targets to day trippers.
Their project is to enhance the projects and continue to promote and develop the tourism program.
Councillor Mario Feldhoff verified the Chamber was asking for $7250 to complete the Heritage Park Information Kiosk. Parsons explained there was a matching grant between the Ministry of Tourism, Jobs and Innovation. This year, its available again. They put in a submission for four projects. Now they need the District Support or use existing revenues and give up the grant from ministry.
Feldhoff wanted to know if this was in addition to the budget request. Parsons explained it was additional funds. They could not do the projects with the current budget.
Councillor Phil Germuth wanted to know if the Chamber Website had been updated to let people know the Beach and Boat Launch were closed. Parsons replied they work with the existing tourism site which was created in 2007. It was designed to be difficult to update with new information and a new website would be helpful.
The funding request came up under communications. Councillor Corrine Scott made a motion to provide $7250 to the Chamber for their completion of the stationary panels in Heritage Park, update the Community Maps, create a new Chamber Website and partner with the museum for the completion of the Heritage walkways.
Councillor Mario Feldhoff made a motion to refer it to staff. There was no seconder for his motion to it dropped. The motion to give them the money was called and carried.