More funding to boost tourism

 | January 2, 2013

Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality will again receive funding for tourism related services and infrastructure from the B.C. Government under the Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI).

The RMI funding program is an incentive-based system where a portion of the accommodation taxes paid at a mountain resort can be returned to that resort to boost tourism.

The announcement, made by Pat Bell, minister of jobs, tourism, and skills training and minister responsible for labour, was welcomed by Sun Peaks mayor Al Raine with open arms.

“The RMI program is clearly one of the most innovative tourism programs ever,” Raine said.

Raine explained that he sees a direct relationship between municipalities recouping some of the accommodation taxes they’ve paid, reinvesting them in tourism, and the resulting increase in tourism activity around the province. “Overnight visits to Sun Peaks increased 25 per cent this past summer, something that we couldn’t have accomplished without this program,” added Raine.

Sun Peaks municipality will receive $298,921, which includes previously announced funds provided in January 2012. Funding was also provided to 13 other B.C. resorts including Fernie, Revelstoke and Whistler.