After some challenging times in the tourism industry, it appears there is reason for optimism, says CEO of Kootenay Rockies Tourism Kathy Cooper.
“We are starting to see things settle down and stabilize,” Cooper said. “Some numbers from different markets are coming back. The news out of the provincial organization is that things are on the upswing. There is a feeling of optimism that the industry has turned a corner. There are still challenges but it has been a better time frame for tourism in the last few months.”
Cooper will deliver that overview when she gives her annual report to the Kootenay Rockies Tourism Industry Conference and Annual General Meeting in Invermere on October 7 and 8, 2014 in Invermere.
Cooper says that she will present an overview of Kootenay Rockies Tourism activities over the past year.
“I’ll give a summary of activities, the things we’ve done, campaigns worked on and talk about going forward,” she said.
Conference attendees will also hear from the CEO of Destination BC, Marsha Waldon who will bring a report from the provincial perspective.
Other presenters include Andrew Nickerson, CEO & President, Tourism Canmore; a Think! Social Media Presentation William Bakker, Chief Strategist & Partner; and a presentation from Kimberley’s Story & Co.’s Matt Thompson.
Tourism stakeholders from all over the region are invited to attend the conference.
“We extend all the way to Revelstoke, Castlegar, Trail, so hopefully as many people as can make the trip will attend. There is no charge to attend any of the sessions,” Cooper said. “We expect tourism operators and business owners, as well as industry suppliers and sponsors.”
In addition to guest speakers, the conference offers networking opportunities, tourism awards and a silent auction. You can register for the conference at http://www.krtourism.ca/agm/