Tourism Prince George Celebrates National Tourism Week

Prince George, BC- Prince George is joining communities, cities, and regions

around British Columbia and Canada to recognize National Tourism Week—

May 27 to June 2, 2018. Tourism Prince George has partnered with the

Prince George Chamber of Commerce to host two tourism events in

celebration of National Tourism Week.

The two events are:

• Tourism Breakfast Speaker Series –“Why Tourism matters”

Thursday May 24th, 2018

8:00am until 9:30am

Sandman Signature Hotel

Tourism Prince George is very pleased to announce and host keynote

speaker, Walt Judas, CEO of TIABC. Topics covered during the event

include; How tourism has become the key driver of the provincial

economy; The implications of the 2018 provincial budget and

government regulations on the industry; The six critical issues on

TIABC's radar that need to be addressed in order to maintain the

momentum; How individual businesses and residents can contribute

to or benefit from tourism; The future of tourism in British Columbia.

Please follow the link to register

http://pgchamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/tourismbreakfast-

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• Business after 3pm Open House

Friday June 1st, 2018

3:00pm-5:00pm

Tourism Prince George Visitor Centre

This event is hosted in partnership with the PG Chamber of

Commerce and will include some refreshments, networking

opportunities, and a chance to connect with Tourism Prince George.

Please RSVP to attend here

http://pgchamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/businessafter-

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Tourism is a $91.6 billion industry in Canada that directly supports 614,600

jobs from coast to coast. This represents 9.2% of all jobs in Canada and

makes tourism the third largest job creator in the country.

Over twenty million travellers chose Canada in 2017, up 4% from 2016.

In the year of Canada’s 150th anniversary of its confederation, total tourism

expenditures from domestic and international visitors reached $97.4 billion

in 2017, up 6.3% over 2016. In 2017, the delivery of services to support

tourism activities in Canada employed an average of 735,300 jobs

throughout the year (TIABC, 2018).

In 2017, the Northern BC Tourism Region reported 221,299 travellers in

region, an increase of 8.6% in visitation. This amounted to an average

occupancy rate in Prince George of 69%, up 3.4% from 2016. The Prince

George Airport saw over 499,000 passengers through YXS, an 8.0% increase

over 2016.

“We look forward to having even more tourists visit our city and our region

in 2018, taking part in festivals and events, attractions, restaurants,

accommodation and more,” says Tourism Prince George CEO, Erica Hummel.

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Global Meetings Industry Day and Ambassador’s Reception

Prince George, BC- In support of leaders coming together for the third annual Global Meetings

Industry Day (GMID), Tourism Prince George and the Prince George Conference & Civic Centre

(PGCCC) will be hosting an Ambassador’s Reception (formerly Champion’s Reception). The invite

only event will take place on the evening of April 12th to coincide with GMID. The purpose of the

Ambassador’s Reception is to acknowledge and celebrate those individuals who have chosen

Prince George as their premier meetings & conventions destination host city, or who have

provided services for all events. 

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Winter train bridge

Prince George, BC –Tourism Prince George is hosting a Christmas Giveaway contest on Facebook with three chances to win major prizes! We've engaged our local stakeholders to put together high-calibre prizing to attract regional visitors to spend an extra night in Prince George. 

The themed giveaways are an excellent way to attract visitors from out of town to Prince George that are visiting family and friends during our shoulder season. In addition we are showcasing winter stakeholders to our regional audience that don’t get the opportunity to do so during peak summer traffic periods.

Tourism Prince George CEO Erica Hummel said, “In less than 24 hours, we have seen incredible engagement on our Facebook page; reporting over 300 comments, 63 shares and 166 likes, which shows us we have an engaged audience.”

The contest runs between December 4-22, 2017 with draws every Friday.

 

For more information, rules, and prizes, visit facebook.com/tourismpg.

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Peak Canadian Climbing and Mountain Culture Festival

 Prince George, BC- For eleven days in October, Prince George will be home to the Peak Canadian Climbing and Mountain Culture Festival. Throwdown Adventure Festival Society, the Prince George sector of the Alpine Club of Canada and OVERhang Education Centre Ltd are the organizers of this event.

 Starting on October 11th and finishing up on the 22nd, there will be exciting activities taking place throughout the city at many different venues.  These events range from half price community climbing, a story telling event, technique workshops and a climbing competition at OVERhang gym. The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival screening will be held at UNBC, and an adaptive climbing program will be a legacy of the festival.

 One of the main attractions of the festival is the Gala Evening at Northern Lights Estates Winery that will feature world-renowned climber Sonnie Trotter as the keynote speaker. This event will take place on Oct 20th at 7:30pm and will feature local artwork that resulted from the Artnership program this summer. The Artnership program is a joint venture between Tourism Prince George and The Community Arts Council of Prince George & District that showcased six local artists reimagining Prince George through their various art mediums. Sixty tickets will be available for the Gala, at a cost of fifty dollars each that will include wine, appetizers, networking and an art exhibit.

“This event is a new way to showcase the growing enthusiasm for the culture and outdoor adventure that Prince George has to offer. We are excited to be hosting the 2017 Peak Canadian Climbing and Mountain Festival,” says Erica Hummel, CEO Tourism Prince George. 

Lauren Phillips, Director of Throwdown Adventure Festival Society, says, "Northern BC is full of outdoor adventure opportunities - our inclusive community of climbers, adventurers, and weekend warriors is on the rise.  We look to connect these people with each other and with opportunities to grow, learn, and make good choices in the backcountry.  This Canada 150 event includes activities for all ages and abilities!”

 

For a full list of events throughout the eleven days, see the schedule online at http://www.throwdownfestival.ca/peak-festival/

 

Stay & Play Coupon Ring

Prince George, BC – For the second year in a row, Tourism Prince George wants to invite you to Stay and Play in PG! We've once again teamed up with local businesses to bring regional visitors exciting offers that they won't want to pass up! By booking a 2-night stay at one of our participating accommodation partners between August 24 and December 24, 2017, our out of town guests will receive a booklet of VIP deals and discounts redeemable at various businesses throughout Prince George. 

Tourism Prince George CEO Erica Hummel says, “Stay & Play is an excellent way to attract visitors from out of town that are already coming to Prince George to spend an extra night and experience attractions, restaurants and shopping opportunities we have to offer in the community during our shoulder season.”

For more information, rules, and to see which businesses are participating, visit www.tourismpg.com/stayandplay.

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Prince George, BC- In spring 2020, Prince George will play host to the Canadian Masters National Badminton Championship. This event will be held at the Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre and is expected to generate $500,000 in economic impact for the community.

 

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Global Meetings Day in Prince George

Prince George, BC- In support of leaders coming together for the second annual Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID), Tourism Prince George and the Prince George Conference & Civic Centre (PGCCC) will be hosting a Champions Reception. The invite only event will take place on the evening of April 6th to coincide with GMID. The purpose of the Champions Reception is to acknowledge and celebrate those individuals who have chosen Prince George as their premier meetings & conventions destination host city, or who have provided services for all events.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to recognize local meeting hosts and event planners that bring economic impact into the community in the form of meetings and conventions”, says Tourism Prince George CEO Erica Hummel. “We look forward to continuing the Champions Reception on a per annum basis.”

 

“Estimated economic impact for the city in 2016 directly related to meetings and conferences being held at the PGCCC was $8,534,209”, says Myles Tycholis, Manager of Events and Civic Centre. He continues, “Meetings and conferences promote tourism and additional spending from pre and post activities especially when delegates bring accompanying persons, spending totaling an estimated $3,544,875.” 

 

In addition to the Champions Reception, Tourism Prince George will be launching our HostPG Program on GMID. HostPG is an innovative sales and marketing initiative designed to identify and support local business leaders and academics in bringing their association or corporate meetings to Prince George.

 

If your organization is interested in hosting a meeting or conference in Prince George and you require further information please contact Shirly Prokopchuk meetings@tourismpg.com.

 

About Tourism Prince George:

Tourism Prince George (TPG) is a not-for-profit society created in January 2010 that is governed by tourism industry stakeholders through an appointed Board of Directors. A stakeholder model has been adopted by the Tourism Prince George Board of Directors meaning that all tourism businesses and organizations in the Prince George region are automatically stakeholders without paying a membership fee.

 

Media Contact: Annie Doran

Manager, Marketing and Communications

Direct: 250.649.3211   Email: doran@tourismpg.com 

 

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2017 Sport Speaker Series

Tourism PG Launches SportPG Speaker Series 2.0 to Support and Grow Sport Hosting 

Prince George, BC – On the heels of two big sport event announcements, the 2019 World ParaNordic Championships and the 2022 BC Summer Games, Tourism Prince George is pleased to announce the return of the SportPG Speaker Series in 2017. 2016 was the launch of the series, which brought the sport community together for networking and learning opportunities on a variety of event-related topics.  It was hosted on four Tuesday evenings throughout 2016, and 101 people attended representing 40 different sport organizations.

This year, Tourism PG is taking a more collaborative approach to the series, giving attendees the opportunity to share their experiences and expertise with each other. “What we found is that there are a lot of experts in the room already,” says Leanne Schinkel, Manager of Sport & Event Development for Tourism PG. “So instead of having one of their peers stand up and tell them what they should do, we want to create more of a roundtable approach so people can learn from each other.”

 The sport speaker series will continue to be offered for free in the Kin 1 Lounge on Wednesdays from 5:30pm-7:30pm with a few light snacks. This year’s topics follow a chronological event structure (click on the links for more info and to register):

For details and to register, visit Sport Speaker Series.  

About Tourism Prince George:
Tourism Prince George
(TPG) is a not-for-profit society created in January 2010 that is governed by tourism industry stakeholders through an appointed Board of Directors. A stakeholder model has been adopted by the Tourism Prince George Board of Directors meaning that all tourism businesses and organizations in the Prince George region are automatically stakeholders without paying a membership fee. Since its inception, Tourism Prince George strikes to promote sport as part of its tourism initiatives.

Media Contact:

Annie Doran

Marketing and Communications Manager

Direct: 250-649-3211    Email: doran@tourismpg.com  

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3% MRDT Approved for 2017

Increased hotel tax approved for Prince George

Prince George, BC- The City of Prince George in collaboration with Tourism Prince George’s application for the renewal and rate increase of the three per cent tax (increased from two per cent) on the purchase of accommodation within the City of Prince George under the Municipal and Regional District Tax Program has been approved.  The renewal and increase will take effect on July 1, 2017.

“Tourism Prince George is very pleased to announce that our MRDT application has been successful and we propose to use the funds to increase and attract higher profile sport events and meetings and conventions to the City,” says CEO Erica Hummel. The tax program is intended to contribute to an increase in local tourism revenue, visitation, and economic benefits.

“Council is pleased that Tourism Prince George will now be able to draw upon this increased resource to attract bigger, better, and even more events to our city,” says Lyn Hall, Mayor of Prince George. “A city’s ability to attract sport and event tourism is a vital piece of the local economy. We are pleased that Tourism PG has an increased capacity to do this important work and we thank them for their on-going efforts on behalf of our city.” 

About Tourism Prince George:

Tourism Prince George (TPG) is a not-for-profit society created in January 2010 that is governed by tourism industry stakeholders through an appointed Board of Directors. A stakeholder model has been adopted by the Tourism Prince George Board of Directors meaning that all tourism businesses and organizations in the Prince George region are automatically stakeholders without paying a membership fee.

Media Contact: Annie Doran

Manager, Marketing and Communications

Direct: 250.649.3211   Email: doran@tourismpg.com 

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Prince George, BC- On January 14th, Canadians across the country will be celebrating the third annual CIBC National Ski Day. The CIBC National Ski Day has 17 participating resorts across the country taking part in this all-Canadian event.

From January 12th to 14th, Tabor Mountain Ski Resort in Prince George will be the only resort in Canada hosting a NorAm Cup Ski Cross event on National Ski Day. To celebrate the occasion, they will also be offering 50% off lift tickets. 

Tabor is no stranger to hosting this high-performance event, as it gained popularity with its innovative course design during the 2015 Canada Winter Games. Since then, the resort has hosted nearly a dozen NorAm events and was the first to bring events of this caliber to BC.

“We are excited to be the first and only resort to host a NorAm Cup on National Ski Day and to be working with Alpine Canada to promote Ski Cross nationwide,” said Mitch Thibault from his groomer while building the track for this week’s NorAm. “Ski Cross is a new sport that is on the rise and Tabor Mountain is committed to future development of the sport and its athletes.”

“Events like this encourage visitation to our city and generate a lot of economic impact,” says Tourism Prince George CEO, Erica Hummel. “The 2015 Canada Winter Games proved Tabor Mountain to be a world class venue. We hope to see interest in Tabor continue to build and eventually see it become an international training facility.”

The three-day event will feature over 100 competitors and take place entirely on Eta’s Course with the rest of the mountain open to the public. Spectators are encouraged to come out and cheer on the athletes. It is free to walk up and watch the excitement. Qualifiers begin at 11:00am and races begin at 1:00pm on January 12th through 14th.

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