RMI Report suggests upswing for Golden tourism sector

The Annual Resort Municipality Initiative Report is in, and Golden has some great progress to detail.

The Annual Resort Municipality Initiative Report is in, and Golden has some great progress to detail.

The past five years have been a “whirlwind of activity,” and now in the calmer period, the fruits of these labours are starting to show.

“Continuing evidence of the value of projects completed in the original five-year period became evident in the statistics associated with the use of facilities and amenities in the community provided by their managing organizations,” reads the report.

This is most evident through the increasing popularity of the Golden Civic Centre, managed by Kicking Horse Culture.

“The Civic Centre’s use has increased immensely; wedding bookings from Alberta are up 300 per cent since its renovation… This alone has created an increased awareness of this community.”

The community’s Spirit Square, a former RMI project, has also seen a substantial increase in usage, including two weddings, and a jump in attendance at the summer concert series from 300 in 2006, to 3,600 in 2012.

Tourism has been a bit stagnant the past several years, as has much of the economy, but according to the report, 2012 “marks a definitive turn around for the tourism sector in the community… visitor supported sectors began to see increases for the first time in several years.”

The accommodation sector saw its highest revenue since 2008, although still lower than their revenues in 2006, their base year. The number of business licenses in the tourism sector has gone up 29 per cent since the base year, for a total of 126.

The Visitor Centre saw a notable increase as well. In 2012 their visits averaged at 17.9 per hour, 52,000 overall, which is a nine per cent increase from the previous year and a nine per cent increase from the base year.

The report concluded, “The benefits of RMI program accomplishments are not always immediately apparent, but are revealed through time.”

 

Just Posted

Search crews rescue kids, 6 and 7, stranded overnight on Coquitlam mountain

Father and two youngsters fall down a steep, treacherous cliff while hiking Burke Mountain

Your weekly Mountain Minute

Golden’s 60-second news recap

An Everest fundraiser

Man set to climb elevation of Mt. Everest in one day to raise school lunch funds

Interior Health study offers take-home drug testing kits to spot fentanyl

Interior Health to evaluate safety of at home drug testing kits aimed at reducing fentanyl overdoses

Golden Fire Rescue training grounds get a facelift

Residents may have noticed some changes at the fire hall in the… Continue reading

Killer of Calgary mother, daughter gets no parole for 50 years

A jury found Edward Downey guilty last year in the deaths of Sara Baillie, 34, and five-year-old Taliyah Marsman

Body of missing snowmobiler recovered from Great Slave Lake

Police confirm the body is that of one of three missing snowmobilers

Toddler seriously injured after falling from Okanagan balcony

RCMP are investigating after a two-year-old boy fell from the balcony of an apartment in Kelowna

Cost jumps 35% for Trans-Canada Highway widening in B.C.

Revelstoke-area stretch first awarded under new union deal

Is vegan food a human right? Ontario firefighter battling B.C. blaze argues it is

Adam Knauff says he had to go hungry some days because there was no vegan food

Winds helping in battle against fire threatening northern Alberta town

Nearly 5,000 people have cleared out of High Level and nearby First Nation

B.C. sends 267 firefighters to help battle Alberta wildfires

Out of control fires have forced evacuations in the province

Calgary Police looking for missing man who may be heading to B.C.

A man last seen on May 15 in Calgary may be heading to the Kootenay region, according to police

Most Read