The Whistler Centre, in partnership with Tourism Kamloops, held a successful workshop on Growing Event Tourism December 2. The workshop provided attendees with strategies to develop and grow event tourism in their community in order to support local economic development. The workshop included a wonderful welcome from the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc, presentations from arts, music, sporting, and Aboriginal tourism events, and an action-packed world café session. Participants were provided an event tourism ‘strategy on a page’ from which to start building their community’s unique value proposition for event tourism.

Participants learnt how:

•  Event tourism can help your community prosper
•  To maximize community benefits
•  To develop a comprehensive tourism events strategy

loonie-2-05View the Workshop Agenda

Keynote Speakers: Developing and delivering a winning bid: Kamloops, BC Winter Games 2018 host
•  Niki Remesz, President of 2018 BC Winter Games and Founder/Owner of Uniquely Inspired Marketing
•  Byron McCorkell, Director of Parks and Recreation and Culture, City of Kamloops

Confirmed speakers include:
• Delyla Daniels, President, Kamloopa PowWow Society
• Maureen ‘Mo’ Douglas, Event Tourism Consultant and ED of Arts Whistler
• Willow Minaker, Director of Policy and Investment Alignment, Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Development
• Teresa Ryder, Manager, Aboriginal Tourism BC
• Greg Hopf, Regional Aboriginal Tourism Specialist, Thompson Okanagan Travel Association
• Bryce Herman, Senior Consultant, Advance Hospitality Consulting

World café discussion topics:
•  Creating winning stakeholder and community partnerships
•  Developing awesome sponsorships
•  Preparing a winning bid
•  Developing a killer marketing strategy
•  BC Government resources for event tourism
•  Strengthening aboriginal tourism opportunities
•  Building a community of volunteers
•  Creating sustainable events

Ticket price include light breakfast, lunch and coffee break
Early bird tickets $85 + GST available until November 22nd
Regular tickets $95 + GST.

Room rates: At the Kamloops Coast Hotel and Conference Centre for $105 p/n

Where: Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre, 1250 Rogers Way, Kamloops
December 2nd, 2016
Event times:
8:00-9:00am – Registration and breakfast
9:00am – Event starts
1:00-2:00 – Lunch
4:30 – Close

Things to do in Kamloops.

Click here to view the event flyer!