WHISTLER – The summer season of festivals and events is in full swing in Whistler, with the first events setting the stage for a continued summer of fun! Through the Province’s Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) program, Whistler received $6,786,146 in funding for the 2015/16 fiscal year.
The funding is contributing to a number of projects as well as summer events in Whistler:
- Tough Mudder, held from June 18-19
- Tough Mudder Half, held on June 25
- Canada Day celebrations, held on July 1
- Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in Whistler, held July 1-2
- Whistler Children’s Festival, held July 8-10
- Subaru IRONMAN Canada Whistler, July 24
- Wanderlust, July 28 to August 1st
- Whistler Presents Summer Concert Series, July-September
- Crankworx Whistler, August 10-21
- RBC GranFondo Whistler, September 10
- Whistler Village Beer Festival, September 16-18
“The RMI program allows our government to support events and celebrations that drive tourism to Whistler, enhance the guest experience and provide more opportunities for our local economy,” says Jordan Sturdy, MLA for West Vancouver-Sea-to-Sky. “These summer offerings give visitors and residents many chances to discover what makes our community so special, and reaffirms our reputation as one of the world’s top year-round mountain destinations.”
“Through provincial RMI contributions the Resort Municipality of Whistler has invested in a variety of projects and a wide range of programs to grow tourism,” says Nancy Wilhelm-Morden, Mayor of Whistler. “RMI funding promotes Whistler’s goals of delivering positive economic impact to the resort and to the province, and directly supports Whistler’s provincial GDP contribution of $1.53 billion annually and visitation to the resort community by over 2.7 million people per year.”
The $10.5 million a year RMI program helps resort-oriented municipalities develop and enhance tourism infrastructure and amenities. Since the RMI’s inception in 2006, more than $98.1 million has been invested in tourism infrastructure and programs to support local and regional tourism economies in the 14 participating communities.
- In 2015, 4.9 million international visitors came to B.C. – an 8% increase compared to 2014.
- The good news continues for the first four months of 2016 with the number of international visitors to B.C. exceeding the 1 million mark – an 18.2% increase over the same period last year.
- This April also experienced exceptional growth with a 21% increase over April 2015. This is the highest number of visitors to B.C. on record for all the months of April over the last 10 years.
- Tourism provides a job for roughly one out of every 15 people employed in B.C.
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