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Harrison Hot Springs to get funds to spruce up for Tourist season

Releases by the BC Gov't Caucus and TourismBC/Voice file photo MLA Laurie Throness


arrison Hot Springs will receive $254,280 from the B.C. government to support tourism infrastructure and amenities, Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness announced today.


"This money will help Harrison Hot Springs to enhance and beautify public spaces," Throness said. “It will ensure that Harrison Hot Springs continues to be a premier tourist destination.”


The funding comes from the Resort Municipality Initiative program, which helps grow the tourism sector in 14 eligible municipalities.


"With Phase One of the Village Centre Renewal Project almost complete, we’re excited to welcome visitors to our community," said Mayor of Harrison Hot Springs Leo Facio.


“The Resort Municipality Initiative allows resort communities like Harrison Hot Springs to improve tourism infrastructure and continue to grow our tourism economy. We’re improving the streetscape along a portion of Esplanade Avenue by widening sidewalks, installing new street furniture and improving on-street parking which allows visitors and residents to enjoy the amenities and all the natural beauty that Harrison Hot Springs offers,” he added.


TIABC applauds the announcement yesterday by the Government of British Columbia on providing $10.5 million under the Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) to 14 designated communities to support programs or projects that lead to providing a better tourism experience for visitors which will help to increase the tourism component of the local economy.

"The funding to support tourism in these communities couldn't have come at a better time", says Ian Robertson, Executive Director of TIABC in a release on Wednesday. "Tourism is on the rebound and this additional funding will help these resort-based communities address challenges they face as seasonally dependent economies to grow their tourism offerings". 


Harrison Hot Springs has been participating in the RMI program since 2007, and has focused funding on projects to enhance the visitor experience and increase capacity for festivals, cultural events and the arts. Projects to enhance and beautify public spaces across the Village have been completed, including beach and lagoon areas, the Village Centre streetscape and the Lakeshore Plaza and Promenade.


Harrison Hot Springs has received a total of $2,547,746 from the RMI program since 2007. Funded projects will include streetscape improvements and events and festivals.


This year, the B.C. government is providing $10.5 million shared among British Columbia’s 14 resort-oriented municipalities.


B.C.’s tourism sector is one of the eight key sectors identified in the B.C. Jobs Plan, creating more than 125,000 jobs and over $13.5 billion in revenues across the province. Since RMI inception in 2007, over $87.6 million has been invested in tourism infrastructure and programs to support local and regional tourism economies in the 14 participating communities.


This is the eighth year the RMI program has been in operation, with more than $87.6 million directed to resort communities since 2006. RMI is a program that addresses the unique circumstances of resort-oriented municipalities. Some examples of RMI initiatives funded throughout the 14 municipalities include trail maintenance, public art, visitor centre enhancements, shuttle services and visitor sign improvements.


The 14 communities that participate in the RMI initiative are Fernie, Golden, Harrison Hot Springs, Invermere, Kimberley, Osoyoos, Radium Hot Springs, Revelstoke, Rossland, Sun Peaks, Tofino, Ucluelet, Valemount and Whistler.



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