Islands Forum: 2006 - Tourism (Outcomes)
Forum Outcomes | 2006:
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
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
- 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.
- 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
This year's forum was partially funded by a grant from the
Union of BC Municipalities' Community Tourism Program.