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Teapot mountain at sunset.

Recently the University of Northern British Columbia Continuing Studies held a contest and gave away a free seat in their upcoming Outdoor Adventure Writing and Blogging Workshop, being held on February 4.. Participants in the contest submitted a photo and a short (100 word) paragraph describing their outing.
We are thrilled to be sharing the top three submissions here on our blog; below is Kaila Walton's blog entry.

 It was a warm spring afternoon when I decided to hike to the summit of Teapot Mountain to photograph the sunset. The mosquitoes were swarming around us, while at the same time the hike was killing my legs due the steep climb. The entire way up I kept telling myself that this hike better be worth it. I was amazed by the stunning views when I arrived at the summit. I watched the sun descend in the sky and then scrambled down the very steep hill in the dark. Teapot mountain is one hike that is worth the effort.

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Thanks to UNBC Continuing Studies for creating this contest and inviting us to join in! We look forward to sharing the other two submissions in the near future.

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Winter scene with someone holding a free rental ice auger on Shane Lake, near Prince George BC.

Top 5 Winter Activities

Prince George is a family-friendly city in each of the four seasons. We invite you to pull on some mittens, don your toque and get outside! Once you embrace winter, Prince George-style, you too will love it when the water starts to freeze on the lakes and flakes start to fall from the beautifully crisp skies.

Here are our top 5 winter activities (in no particular order -it's just too hard to choose!)

 Skiing/Snowboarding
Step into a pair of bindings and let gravity assist you as you glide down one of our four hills. Hart Highlands Ski Hill is located in city limits and is where many families bond over skiing or boarding for the first time. Tabor Mountain Ski Resort and Purden Ski Village are both located east of town and are excellent hills to spend the day on without spending hours in the vehicle. Serious powder hounds travel two hours north to Powder King Mountain Resort in the Rocky Mountains. Powder King is home to an annual snowfall of forty-feet each year! 

Location: Powder King Mountain Resort

Hockey
The Prince George Cougars (WHL) and Prince George Spruce Kings (BCHL) are two remarkable teams based in Prince George and create excellent entertainment for the entire family. Cheering these two teams on at the CN Centre and Rolling Mix Concrete Arena has been a long-running Prince George tradition. To make the evening extra special buy your tickets for a feature game night!

Photo Credit: Simon Ratcliffe
Location: CN Centre (Prince George Cougars Hockey Game)

 Ice Skating
Lace up your skates and learn why sub-freezing temperatures are welcome in Prince George. When winter is in full swing we have an abundance of community rinks (two-dozen to be exact) and numerous frozen lakes so you can truly stretch your legs. Rinks are a great place to meet neighbours and new friends for a game of pick-up hockey.

Photo Credit: Colin Duff
Location: Ness Lake

Snowshoeing
When snow blankets your favourite trails and you can no longer go for a hike without sinking through the snow we recommend strapping on a pair of snowshoes and marvelling in the magical surroundings. Trails become more serene and peaceful when they’re covered in snow and it’s easier to see animal tracks. Some popular snowshoeing places are Otway Nordic Centre (requires a trail pass), Eskers Provincial Park (30 minutes north of town) and Crooked River Provincial Park (one hour north). The trail to Livingston Springs in Crooked River Provincial Park is rewarding because the springs never freeze over and the water is crystal clear.

Location: Goodsir Nature Park

Tobogganing
Grab your sled of choice and slide down one of five sledding hills located in town. This is a great way to get together with friends and enjoy a wintery day or evening – just make sure to warm up with hot chocolate after!
Carney Hill (Massey Dr. and Carney St.)
College Heights Secondary School (6180 Domano Blvd.)
Harry Loder Park (baseball diamonds beside Rainbow Dr.)
Moore’s Meadow (1st Ave. and Zimmaro Ave.)
Rainbow Park (Rainbow Dr. and Liard Dr.)

 Location: Rainbow Park

 

About Tourism Prince George
Tourism Prince George Society operates as the destination marketing/management organization within the city of Prince George. Our team works closely with our local tourism partners to develop innovative campaigns that will drive visitation to Prince George.

Position:
Sales Manager, Meetings & Conventions (Full-time; Permanent)
Reports to the Chief Executive Officer

Job Overview:
Promotes and sells Prince George as a meetings and conventions destination; achieves specific lead and room night goals as assigned; liaisons between the Prince George Civic Centre, city officials, tourism stakeholders and community decision makers.

Duties and Responsibilities:

70% Sales & Marketing

  •  Implements the City-Wide Meetings and Conventions Sales and Marketing Plan initiatives.
  •  Represents Prince George at trade shows, meetings and functions
  •  Develops and delivers verbal and written presentations to clients and stakeholders
  •  Focuses sales efforts on high yield target markets utilizing the Prince George Civic Centre and/or Prince George facilities that require multiple hotel guest lodging capacity
  •  Works closely with the Prince George Civic Centre sales team to prepare and present bids to organizations to book events
  •  Solicits and coordinates hotel and Civic Centre cost projections and organizes facilities packages for meeting planners’ consideration
  •  Creates and maintains client database and documents all sales activity
  •  Achieves goals of definite leads and room nights
  •  Develops and maintains professional relationships with clients through tradeshow participation, networking, direct mail, telephone and personal sales calls to promote Prince George and develop awareness of the destination
  •  Develops focused account selling strategy; determines competitor business and pursues accordingly
  •  Continuously builds database through solicitation of potential new clients
  •  Conducts follow up on leads received from trade shows and other sources, and responds to requests by sending/delivering requested information and assisting with special requests
  •  As an outside sales representative, you are required to make a minimum of five (5) visits per week outside the office or at a tradeshow.
  •  Attends pre & post convention meetings and maintains ongoing communication with clients during their events/meetings
  •  Develops, coordinates and conducts site visits with clients showcasing facilities and attractions in Prince George
  •  Implements sales programs to bring events into Prince George, concentrating on low hotel occupancy times.
  •  Makes written or personal presentations to boards of directors, convention delegates or site selection committees across British Columbia and Alberta as needed in order to book an organization at a Prince George convention site.
  •  Maintain research on competition regarding their marketing and sales strategies
  •  Markets the Prince George leisure experience under the MeetingsPG brand.
  •  Develops collateral materials for meeting planners
  •  Develops, places and tracks advertising and sponsorship materials that may include print, web, social media, photography and video content
  •  Maintains meetings & conventions content on the Tourism Prince George website
  •  Represents Tourism Prince George in a professional manner and is enthusiastic about promoting the city as a meetings and conventions destination

10% Planning, Research & Development

  •  Develops and directs the annual M&C Sales and Marketing Plan in conjunction with the CEO; submits annual Prince George M&C sales and marketing budget proposal to CEO, outlining promotion direction for upcoming year
  •  Researches sales trends, the competition and sales opportunities in order to promote our venues effectively
  •  Uses economic assessment models to evaluate local events and determine economic impact
  •  Sustains ongoing, tangible evidence of market penetration utilizing all sales tools and techniques
  •  Develops appropriate sales tools and pertinent marketing materials to attract organizations; identifies organizations that are a good fit with the Prince George Civic Centre

20% Public Relations

  •  Stays abreast of tourism issues within Prince George and British Columbia
  •  Reinforces hospitality stakeholder unity and adds depth to the visitor experience within Prince George
  •  Collaborates with the Prince George Civic Centre and industry leadership to create united messaging to enhance public understanding of tourism’s important role in Prince George’s economy
  •  Takes an active role in the promotion and celebration of National Meetings Industry Day
  •  Attends partner events to maintain strong industry ties
  •  Drafts media releases to share good-news stories in the M&C sector and keep community up-to-date with industry happenings, in conjunction with the Manager, Marketing & Communications
  •  Maintains membership in appropriate Prince George (and M&C industry) associations
  •  Develops and maintains relationships with hotels, venues, meeting planners, industry associations and other relevant representatives
  • Other related duties which may be necessary or desirable to support Tourism Prince George’s success

Qualifications:

Education:

  • Post-secondary degree or diploma in business, hospitality or a related field preferred

Experience:

  •  3+ years progressive experience in a sales role, preferably in the hospitality/meetings sector
  •  Demonstrated understanding of the meetings and conventions industry
  •  Previous event management experience considered an asset.

Knowledge and Skills:

  •  Strong understanding of current online and traditional sales concepts, strategy and best practices
  •  Strong analytical skills to be able to determine quality of business and best suited business opportunities for Prince George.
  •  Comfortable using a variety of social media tools
  •  Excellent oral and written communication skills
  •  Strong organizational skills
  •  Proven skill and ability to write and initiate marketing plans and budgets
  •  Strong and consistent ability to prioritize activities within specific time guideline and to handle multiple responsibilities within a specific time frame
  •  Demonstrated ability to work with cross functional teams
  •  Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office software for Macs: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  •  Desire to exemplify outstanding customer service
  •  Fluency in another language and/or photography experience considered an asset
  •  Ability to work a minimum of 37.5 hours per week.
  •  Some weekend and/or evening work is required
  •  Frequent (overnight) travel required for trade shows, sales trips and other industry events
  •  Some use of personal vehicle
  •  Ability to lift 50 lbs

Salary:
Negotiable based on experience (37.5 hour per week)
Benefits and 4% matching RRSP included

Application Process:
Does this sound like you? If so, please email your resume and cover letter to:

Sarah Kirk
Acting CEO
admin@tourismpg.com

Deadline:
Resumes will be accepted until 4:30pm on Friday, November 4th, 2016.

Celebrate Prince George Summer and Winter Festivals happen every February and July in Prince George. Each month is brimming with activities, events, and celebrations; check out the video to see the highlights from July, 2016! 
Curious about what's coming next? Visit celebratepg.com

Casse-Tête Festival of Experimental Music - Tourism PG

Sean Bickerton is the BC Director of the Canadian Music Centre and "a champion for the extraordinarily talented and endlessly invented Canadian composers who enrich our lives". He recently made the trip to Prince George for the Casse-Tête Festival of Experimental Music.  Read about his travels north and his time at the festival on his blog: http://seanbickerton.com/2016/07/16/my-trip-to-casse-tete/.

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We recently had the opportunity to host three social media influencers from Vancouver, Edmonton, and Seattle in our fair town for a brief 48 hours. We crafted an itinerary with the goal of showcasing some of our city's finest attractions while promoting four major summer events.

Read on to learn about how our guests experienced:

  • PWB and Winery tours
  • zombification
  • canoeing the Nechako River
  • snakes at The Exploration Place
  • Two Rivers' MakerLab
  • chocolate making
  • and much more!

Wednesday

Our guests arrived at 12:05pm on a Pacific Coastal Airlines flight from Victoria and we hoped they would be ready for a jam-packed two days with us!

 

After checking into the Prestige Treasure Cove Hotel we brought them for a late lunch to Nancy O's -a local favourite restaurant in downtown Prince George. There we debated what dish to order and what beer would best accompany it (did you know that Nancy O's has over 60 beers from around the world?).

Continuing on with our beer theme we headed over to Pacific Western Brewing (PWB) on the shores of the Nechako River where Matt lead us on a tour of the facilities and we learned some fun facts about our local brewery, such as:

  •  PWB is Canada's longest running, British Columbian-owned brewery;
  •   They were the first Canadian brewer to export to mainland China (1991) and Russia (1996);
  •  In 2003 they were the first ISO 9001 (highest level of certification) certified brewery in North America; and 
  •  PWB was the first brewery to use cans instead of bottles in BC (1965).

Next we travelled downstream to visit BC's northern-most winery: Northern Lights Estate Winery. There we had another delightful tour lead by Doug, an operating partner and developer for the winery. We toured through the cellar and the orchards. We also learned how the winery and orchards are strategically placed on the banks of the Nechako River, at the base of the iconic cutbanks, to allow for a slightly lengthened growing season. Doug told us how the orchard's location extends the growing season, but you'll have to go for a tour and find out yourself!

 The best part about these two tours was talking with Matt and Doug and learning from them. As a lifelong resident of Prince George I have known some of the facts of the brewery and winery's history, but I never knew why certain choices were made.

After the winery we took our guests to Cimo Mediterranean Grill and everyone enjoyed a relaxing evening with delicious food, an array of wine and excellent service.

Can you believe we did all this in less than ten hours?

Thursday

Thursday dawned with a beautiful spring sun shining in clear blue skies. We were thankful that the weather was so perfectly suited for some time on the water.  Our bloggers' first activity was a paddle down the Nechako River with members from the Two Rivers Canoe Club. This excursion was so appealing that even our CEO, Erica, brought her canoe and father-in-law along for the ride!

 

While most of our group was travelling down the Nechako waterway in good company, our food blogger, Traca, was visiting Garrett at Nancy O's Restaurant. Not only was it a unique experience to be in a closed pub at 10am with the cooks making gentle clunks and clinks in the kitchen, but I also got to be a fly on the wall while Traca and Garrett conversed. 

Listening to Garrett detail their vision for Nancy O's and their inspiration for creating such a unique and welcoming atmosphere increased my admiration for them even more. I learned that Irish pubs were a significant influence in the design of the restaurant. I learned that family ties and relationships are vital to their business. I learned that they value atmosphere and hospitality as highly as they value their food (and we all know how much their love their food).
Most of all, Garrett reaffirmed what I had sensed in the past: that Nancy O's want to be an integral part of Downtown Prince George. They desire to increase our vibrancy as a city and they want to be responsible in the way they source their food. They want to be a welcoming place where talent (musical and culinary) can be appreciated. They want to help other restaurants and businesses flourish. 
I learned I want to become a regular of theirs and be a part of their endeavours and experience it all first hand. 

Thursday Afternoon

 Next, we visited The Exploration Place and Christian toured us around and taught us about Prince George's dinosaurs, Prince George's history, the 2015 Canada Winter Games (hosted by Prince George), the Iron Jock, and Cream (their snake ambassador).

 Even though I am a local and have lived in Prince George my entire life, I can honestly say that I learn something new (and interesting) each and every time I visit the Exploration Place! I love that the staff have a wealth of fascinating information to share and that they are so passionate about their work.

Next we went to Ms Lorea's School of Esthetics and Nail Technology. There we had the exceptionally talented Melissa transform two of our guests into terrifying zombies! In just two hours she performed her magic and it was incredible to watch!

We cannot express our thanks enough to Melissa, Dee, and everyone at Ms Lorea's; without them this certainly would not have happened. Thank-you!

Our busy day continued with chocolate making at Ohh... Chocolat Cafe where we indulged in some fine Belgian chocolate and made some unique creations. Caroline shared some stories with us about her business, and what inspired her to become a Master Chocolatier. It was interesting to hear Caroline's perspective of the 2015 Winter Games because I never knew about all the legwork and research they had done in advance. They worked hard and their preparation and insight paid off. We're so happy that they were able to showcase their product to the nation last February!



Thursday Night

Later that night we visited Two Rivers Gallery and their 2RG MakerLab that is held every Thursday night. I've only been to MakerLab a handful of times and every single visit I'm astonished at how welcoming and friendly everyone is and the incredible creativity that overflows! In case you don't know, MakerLab takes place upstairs in Two Rivers Gallery on Thursday nights. Makers are welcome to use the available equipment, including the 3D printer, laser cutter, sewing machines, woodworking equipment and much more. In addition, the tables are ginormous and easy to work at and stools are abundant. 

We ended this busy and educational day by unwinding at Twisted Cork to the soft crooning of Britt AM at Twisted Cork. I think we were all so tired that not many pictures were taken. I did manage to snap this one of the spread of tapas that we all shared before everyone dug in!

Friday

Friday morning we let our guests sleep in and took them on a meandering tour of Prince George before dropping them off at the airport. We visited the University of Northern British Columbia and Lheidli T'enneh Memorial Park. 

 Hosting our three out of town social media influencers was an excellent and memorable experience for all involved. Our guests gathered quality content to share through their networks, they increased traffic to our social media (especially Twitter) and they expressed pleasant surprise at how much Prince George has to offer.

I also enjoyed touring our guests around Prince George in the 48 hours that turned out to be a blur. I gained a new appreciation for all the passionate people who have chosen to grow roots in this place and share their creativity and talents with our residents and visitors. I was able to participate in or witness conversations that ran deeper than normal. I heard our visitors ask questions I had never considered; this resulted in me gaining a refreshed perspective on our town and the array of high quality amenities that we are able to offer. Places that I had taken for granted because I grew up visiting them drew compliments and admiration from the three bloggers. People I had met in the past demonstrated incredible hospitality and kindness to our guests. This, and many other factors, made me proud to show off the place I call home and eager to share my experience with other residents. 

 

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