TSP reports on ‘tremendous year’ at AGM

Outstanding membership receivables over $119,000

Tourism Sun Peaks members looked back at record setting summer and winter seasons at their AGM on June 25. – File Photo

With record resort visitation in both summer and winter, Tourism Sun Peaks (TSP) presented to a small but pleased crowd at their Annual General Meeting on June 25.

“Generally non-profits struggle with attendance, but really it’s a sign that things are going well,” said acting Sun Peaks Resort director Aidan Kelly. “If there was a contentious issue or things were bad it would be packed. Yes, it would be nice to have more engagement however, things are all moving in a positive direction and generally people are happy.”

Summer 2015 numbers exceeded 43,000 room nights which is a 20 per cent increase over the previous year. Winter occupancy exceeded 75,000 room nights, which is a 14 per cent increase over the previous year and a new resort record.

Guest spendature and length of stay were also up, which are important economic indicators for the restaurant and retail sector.

“This really speaks to the diversity of our destination,” said Kelly. “People are looking at us as more than just a weekend away. You can spend one or two weeks here easily.”

The board also presented on outstanding membership fees. Six properties owe amounts over $5,000 each, totalling over $119,000, ranging from two to 10 years overdue.

“The success of Sun Peaks is that we’re really the sum of our parts. It’s set up so that not just one developer profits. It’s a collective of like-minded companies growing and developing together. In order for it to work everyone has to participate. It’s not fair to profit off the work of others. We wanted to draw the membership’s attention to this and show that as an organization we’re doing our due diligence and creating a level playing field,” said Kelly.

TSP has placed levies on the delinquent properties and is looking at a cost benefit analysis of taking the remaining owners with smaller outstanding amounts to small claims court.

TSP collects mandatory membership fees from all property owners, both residential and commercial, in Sun Peaks.