The view of the Columbia River from the walkway at Gyro Park to Sunningdale is especially picturesque this week. Photo: Jessee Regnier

The view of the Columbia River from the walkway at Gyro Park to Sunningdale is especially picturesque this week. Photo: Jessee Regnier

Trail celebrates Tourism Week 2021

Supporting local business and tourism operators amid COVID pandemic

The City of Trail joins towns and cities across the province this week in recognizing Tourism Week 2021.

The week applauds British Columbia’s tourism operators and businesses, and the remarkable contributions the industry makes every day to the provincial economy and cultural fabric.

On the homefront, the City of Trail encourages locals to explore their own backyard, supporting local small businesses and tourism sector. Trail council is also encouraging and reminding visitors to be responsible, respectful, and support a sustainable tourism economy in the region.

“These past 14 months have proven extremely challenging for local business, not only our accommodators, restaurants, and small business, but also the arts and performance industry, recreation and organized sports whose operations and activities draw people and dollars to our community,” says Trail Mayor Lisa Pasin.

“We are beyond proud of the ingenuity of our business community who adapted to public health orders so creatively either through private theatre rentals, virtual programming and service delivery, or take-out and outdoor dining options.”

Tourism Week 2021 represents an opportunity to celebrate the contribution of local accommodations, attractions, restaurants, and retail businesses.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it new and unprecedented challenges for tourism operators and small businesses. This week, Trail also celebrates the resilience of these businesses and their contribution to our communities far beyond the direct impact of tourism, Pasin said.

“I encourage all tourism operators to explore funding opportunities, including the recently announced Major Anchor Attractions Program through the provincial government, to assess your eligibility for funding,” she continued.

“In addition, be sure to connect with staff of the Trail Visitor Centre in the Riverfront Centre, who act as a fantastic resource and advocate for local business when assisting visitors and locals, alike.”

The 2021 Trail Visitor Guide is now in circulation across the province and the city’s visitor services staff is ready to welcome visitors when it is safe to do so.

Pasin adds, “In the meantime, grab a copy for yourself at the Trail Riverfront Centre and re-visit Trail with us.”

Read more: Drop in Trail tourism reflects regional COVID-19 impacts

Read more: Trail Riverfront Centre draws in 9,000 visitors a month (2018)

A 2021 Tourism Impact Report published by the British Columbia Regional Tourism Secretariat highlighted the continued concerns of small businesses across the Kootenay Rockies Region.

Respondents pointed to worries about the future impact of financial hardship on their business, continued frustration with flow of information about government policies, concern with accessibility of support programs, and fears about going into another summer season with travel restrictions still in place.



newsroom@trailtimes.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

City of TrailTourism

Just Posted

FILE – Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, takes part in an event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Indigenous Peoples Day must be a ‘call to action’, says Assembly of First Nations chief

Discovery of children at Kamloops residential school site must lead to change, Perry Bellegarde says

Trees blown over by a windstorm in forest owned by Anderson Creek Timber. Photo: Anderson Creek Timber
Timber company logging near Nelson raises local concerns

Anderson Creek Timber owns 600 hectares of forest adjacent to the city

Keith Smyth, Kootenay Savings director at-large joins children from the Kids’ Care Centre at St. Michael’s Catholic School. Photo: Submitted
Kootenay Savings continues credit union’s tradition of giving

Funding totalling $48,250, is going to a wide array of Kootenay initiatives

From left: Karl Luedtke (West Arm Outdoors Club), Dale Williams (BCWF), Molly Teather (FLNORD), Gord Grunerud (West Arm Outdoors Club), Eugene Volokhov (Grand Prize Winner), Casey McKinnon and Lex Jones (Jones Boys Boats). Photo: Tammy White, Whitelight Photography
Balfour man lands big prize from angler incentive program

Eugene Volokhov of Balfour is now the proud owner of a sleek 18-foot Kingfisher boat

“I want to see the difference in the world, embrace it, celebrate it … ” Photo: David Cantelli/Unsplash
A new way to say ‘Hello’

“Inclusion, you see, is NOT about making us all the same.”

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
VIDEO: Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

Chilliwack secondary school’s principal is apologizing after a quote equating graduation with the end of slavery in the U.S. was included in the 2020-2021 yearbook. (Screenshot from submitted SnapChat)
B.C. student’s yearbook quote equates grad to end of slavery; principal cites editing error

Black former student ‘disgusted’ as CSS principal apologizes for what is called an editing error

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross. (Photo by Peter Versteege)
BC Liberal leadership candidate condemns ‘senseless violence’ of Okanagan church fires

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross says reconciliation isn’t about revenge for past tragedies

A coroner’s inquest will be taking place at the Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni for the next week. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Teen B.C. mom who died following police custody recalled as ‘friend to many’

Police sent Jocelyn George to hospital after intoxication had gone ‘beyond the realm’ of normal detox

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2020, file photo, Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. Nassib on Monday, June 21, 2021, became the first active NFL player to come out as gay. Nassib announced the news on Instagram, saying he was not doing it for the attention but because “I just think that representation and visibility are so important.” (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
Nassib becomes first active NFL player to come out as gay

More than a dozen NFL players have come out as gay after their careers were over

Penticton Indian Band Chief Greg Gabriel speaks to the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church burning down early Monday morning, June 21, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Penticton band chief condemns suspicious burning of 2 Catholic churches

Both Catholic church fires are deemed suspicious, says RCMP

COVID-19 daily cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day moving average to June 17, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections drop to 90 on Sunday, 45 Monday

Pandemic spread dwindles as 77% of adults receive vaccine

By protesting uninvited in First Nations’ territories, conservationists are acting in a neocolonial or paternalistic manner, says Huu-ay-aht Chief Robert Dennis. Photo by Heather Thomson
A closer look: do Vancouver Island First Nations support the war in the woods?

First Nations/environmentalist old growth alliance uneasy, if it exists at all

A blood drive in support of 1-year-old Rielynn Gormley of Agassiz is scheduled for Monday, June 28 at Tzeachten First Nation Community Hall in Chilliwack. Rielynn lives with type 3 von Willebrand disease, which makes it difficult for her to stop bleeding. (Screenshot/Canadian Blood Services)
Upcoming blood drive in honour of Fraser Valley toddler with rare blood condition

The Gormley family has organized a blood drive in Chilliwack on June 28

Most Read