New tourism committee to tackle strategy

  • Jul. 17, 2009 11:00 a.m.

The Misty Isles Economic Development Society has committed $50,000 towards tourism, which will flow through a soon-to-be-formed Tourism Advisory Committee. The TAC will be formed out of the Community Tourism Foundation process that Northern BC Tourism has facilitated over the past two years, says Anneli Rosteski, the society’s former executive director, who continues to do contract work with MIEDS. She said that with the MIEDS budget allocation, they were able to leverage another $15,000 through Northern BC Tourism to put together a tourism strategy. A working group is setting up the terms and function of the TAC and more information will be forthcoming. But for now, the plan is to have a group of 13 people including two MIEDS directors (Ian Gould and Andrew Merilees); one Old Massett and one Skidegate Band Council rep, one CHN rep, one sportfishing rep, two accommodation sector reps, two attractions reps (like Haida Heritage Centre) and three reps at large. MIEDS executive director Travis Glasman said the representatives will not be paid and the money will be aimed at destination marketing and other tourism-related projects.