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Islands Forum: 2006 - Tourism (Outcomes)

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2005: Forum Outcomes

Forum Outcomes

On March 30 and 31, the Islands Trust Council hosted a forum to discuss tourism, identify options for managing tourism in the Trust area and enhance community understanding about the ability of local governments to address tourism topics.

One hundred and forty-one people participated in this second community forum sponsored by the Islands Trust. Participants heard from key note speaker Mayor Ken Melamed of Whistler, as well as a panel which included: Michael E. Kelly, a consulting tourism planner from Vancouver, BC; Bob Myhr, Vice-Chair of the San Juan County Council; Dave Petryk, President and CEO of Tourism Vancouver Island; Rick Rollins, a researcher, teacher and member of the Malaspina Research Institute; and, Michael Tilitzky, Executive Director for the Tofino-Long Beach Chamber of Commerce and Councillor for the District of Tofino. The majority of the forum focused on participants identifying issues related to island tourism, ranking the issues in terms of importance and suggesting solutions to tourism issues in the trust area.

Participants were also asked to provide feedback on the forum by completing an evaluation questionnaire. Following are highlights of the responses:

  • 97% rated the location (the Quw'utsun' Cultural and Conference Centre in Duncan) as great or okay;
  • 93% rated the facility as excellent or good;
  • Two thirds rated the pace and format of the forum as about right;
  • 85% rated the key note speaker as excellent or good;
  • 86% rated the panelists as excellent or good; and,
  • 93% would participate in another Islands Trust Forum.


For complete results go Evaluation by Participants.

Next steps:

  • The group discussion notes have now been posted on the Islands Trust web site.
  • Based on the forum, consultant Michael Kelly is preparing an initial tourism planning strategy report, including recommendations, and, once completed, it will also be posted. The recommendations will focus on how to implement various tourism options to ensure that approaches to tourism management in the Islands Trust Area are consistent with sustaining a viable resident community, including protecting community character and the natural environment.


This year's forum was partially funded by a grant from the Union of BC Municipalities' Community Tourism Program.

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