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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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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.

Prince George, BC- Dozens of communities in British Columbia are celebrating National Tourism Week May 29th to June 4th.

 In 2014, tourism in BC contributed $7.1 billion in GDP to the economy, a 4.5% increase over 2013. British Columbia supports over 19,000 tourism businesses and employed 127,500 people in the tourism industry –a 2.2% over 2013.

 In 2015, Prince George hosted 17,983 visitors to the community, mainly rubber-tire traffic from Europe and British Columbia followed by the United States. Erica Hummel, CEO of Tourism Prince George says, “Tourism is a critical part of our economy that requires professional marketing expertise managed by our local Destination Marketing Organization Tourism Prince George, to attract visitors from around the world. We look forward to 2016 surpassing 2015 visitor arrivals to our City”.

"On behalf of Council, I am pleased to proclaim this week as 'National Tourism Week,'" says Mayor Hall. "We greatly appreciate the efforts of the hard-working and talented employees in our hospitality industry, and the leadership that Tourism Prince George is taking to market Prince George to visitors from around the world. Thank you to all for doing this important work for our city." 

Walt Judas, TIABC CEO says "The Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC) is excited to be celebrating National Tourism Week with our member partners across this province. While TIABC continues to advocate for the interests of BC's $14.6 billion industry, we also take the opportunity to celebrate the tremendous success and importance of the visitor economy to our province. Wishing all of British Columbia a fantastic National Tourism Week because #BCTourismMatters."

Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour adds "British Columbia is experiencing incredible growth in tourism. We saw a 7.9% increase in international tourists as 4.9 million international visitors came to our province in 2015. With a strong U.S. dollar, many British Columbians are also opting to experience B.C.'s world-class tourism through a staycation and exploring BC. It is indeed a time to celebrate Tourism Week in Canada and such an important industry that's helping B.C. be an economic leader in Canada."

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

Tourism Prince George

Direct: 250.649.3211   Email: doran@tourismpg.com

 

 

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