NDP MLA Anderson says new support for tourism project on Whitewater will attract visitors and boost local economy

February 4, 2022 at 9:46 am  Politics, Provincial

NELSON  New Democrat MLA Brittny Anderson says new support from the BC NDP government for a tourism project near Nelson will attract visitors, boost local economy and help communities recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

People across the Kootenays are loving the amazing ski conditions and are out carving fresh powder, and come summer, there will be even more chance to enjoy the mountain,” said MLA Anderson. “Working with Whitewater and the Friends of Pulpit Rock Society, a new trail network will be made available for locals and visitors to enjoy when we’re ready to pull out our hiking boots again.

The Friends of Pulpit Rock Society are receiving a grant of $73,874 to develop four new hiking trails at Whitewater Ski Resort, including directional and interpretive signs.

The funding for this project is part of a $21.3 million investment from the BC New Democrat government for shovel-ready destination development projects. People in the Kootenays will benefit from this funding, as it will not only support people working in tourism but also help grow the local economy into the future.

The destination development funding invests in implementation-ready tourism infrastructure and amenities projects that support the recovery and resilience of tourism by creating jobs and developing infrastructure that will attract visitors to B.C. communities in the near and long term.  Projects were chosen for their demonstrated tourism benefits to communities and British Columbians, along with new jobs, many of which will provide employment for apprentices, youth, new Canadians, women, and First Nations.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the New Democrat government has worked closely with B.C.’s tourism sector and provided $228 million in support to ensure businesses and non-profits can continue to draw visitors and benefit local communities for years to come.

Learn More:  More investments made in B.C.’s tourism infrastructure

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