A new, three-year funding model for community visitor services centres in the Comox Valley will ensure more stable and predictable funding and allow for greater flexibility and innovation.
Destination BC, the province’s industry-led destination marketing organization, has announced the three-year base funding model for the 108 community visitor centres it supports following extensive consultation with the community visitor services centre network.
The strategy includes a new minimum base funding of $10,000 annually for the next three years for small and rural community visitor centres, as well as an innovation fund, available in 2016, to assist communities with projects that help them adapt to the changing needs and expectations of visitors, including through the use of technology.
This is a positive increase for rural and small communities across B.C. and acknowledges their on-going contributions to the tourism industry.
“The Comox Valley has a dynamic tourism sector that provides visitors with great opportunities to explore our recreation, arts and culture, and culinary offerings,” says Don McRae, MLA for Comox Valley. “This new funding model for visitor centres will improve the way we connect guests to services and amenities and ensure they get the most out of their stay.