Monday, January 13, 2014
BC Gov't News
over $160K for tourism infrastructure
Released by the BC Gov't Caucus
Government of British Columbia is supporting local tourism by
investing more than $5.97 million in 14 resort-oriented
municipalities throughout the Province, including the latest
installment of $160,423 for Harrison Hot Springs.
Since the Resort
Municipality Initiative (RMI) was launched in 2007, Harrison Hot
Springs has received over $2.1 million. Communities will use RMI
funding to enhance services and infrastructure geared at attracting
more tourists and having them stay longer.
"It's so important for resort-oriented municipalities like Harrison
Hot Springs have the resources to develop their local
tourism-related infrastructure to support regional tourism
economies," said Laurie Throness, MLA for Chilliwack Hope. "The
Resort Municipality Initiative provides targeted funding for just
such a purpose and I look forward to following the progress of this
year's projects in the village."
This year's RMI funds will be used toward projects including the
village centre renewal, festivals and events, streetscape
improvements and beach development.
This year's RMI funds will be used to help with the village centre
renewal, including a lakeshore promenade, as well as improvements to
the beach and lagoon.
"We are excited to begin phase one of the Village Centre Renewal
Project in early March of this year," said Harrison Hot Springs
Mayor Leo Facio. "Phase one of the project will improve the
streetscape along a portion 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. The Resort
Municipality Initiative allows resort communities like Harrison Hot
Springs to improve tourism infrastructure and continue to grow our
Since 2007, more than $72.5 million dollars has been invested
through the RMI in tourism infrastructure and programs to support
regional tourism economies. In 2011, the tourism sector - identified
in the BC Jobs Plan as one of eight key sectors - employed 126,700
British Columbians, generated more than $13.4 billion in revenue for
tourism-related businesses and contributed more than $1.13 billion
to provincial government revenues.
To learn more about the program, visit
here. and the
BC Jobs Plan
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