June, 2016 Archives
Tourism Kamloops AGM June 7th, 2016
Tourism Kamloops recently hosted our Annual General Meeting at the South Thompson Inn on June 7th. The meeting was attended by the Tourism Kamloops Board of Directors and Tourism Kamloops team along with our voting membership which is comprised of the Kamloops Accommodation Association Board of Directors. Annual general meeting business was conducted including the presentation of Tourism Kamloops’ 2015 audited financial statements, discussion of the Municipal Regional District Tax (MRDT) renewal process, a year in review and look ahead as Tourism Kamloops undergoes transition under new leadership.
The incoming 2016/2017 Board of Directors was also elected:
Shatha Al-Reihani, Plaza Hotel – Chair
Darica Ball, Hotel 540 and Thompson Hotel – Past Chair
Joey Beltrano, Doubletree Hotel – Vice Chair
John Stark, BC Wildlife Park – Treasurer
Brad Harrison, BC Backcountry Lodging Association – Secretary
Alison Stewart, Rocky Mountaineer - Director
Al Patel, Scott’s Inn – Director
Graeme Jenkins, Sandman Signature Kamloops – Director
Denis Walsh, City of Kamloops Representative
Sincere thanks for their dedicated service was extended to Henry Pejril - Kamloops Sports Council, Cecilia Guerrero – Four Points by Sheraton as they have completed their terms.
Following the formal business, attendees were invited to participate in a First Nations Canoe Experiences hosted and guided by Frank Antoine, Cultural Coordinator for Quaaout Lodge in partnership with Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc. A two hour paddle from the South Thompson Inn to the Valleyview boat launch allowed for historical commentary and First Nation storytelling along the shores of the South Thompson River.
Tourism Kamloops has just returned from the TMAC Marketplace and AGM held in Sydney, Nova Scotia June 22nd – 25th.
This annual event welcomes over 60 Canadian media – journalists and bloggers – to meet with tourism industry partners in one on one, prescheduled appointments to pitch destination “must-do”. Over two days, Tourism Kamloops engaged with 20 media through our appointment schedule and networked with many more during professional development sessions and event networking opportunities. Key conversation highlights focused on Kamloops’ unique landscapes and access to some of the best hiking and mountain biking trails in the province, our flourishing wine and craft beer scene, our remarkable golf experiences as well as interest in multi-day active itineraries on land and water that included our surrounding destination partners located in Sun Peaks and the Shuswap area. Overall, the media were very encouraged by what Kamloops has to offer and are looking to uncover some of our greatest stories.
The B.C. Wildlife Park has gained some new residents from Quebec, including some interesting South American rodents.
This week two Patagonian maras and three timberwolves arrived from a zoo in Quebec. While the park already has a permanent wolf enclosure, the maras are new, general manager Glenn Grant says. Grant describes the new rodent residents as having the face of a rabbit, stance of a deer and movement of a wallaby.
“They’re something completely different,” he says. “They originate in Argentina, so they can handle the warmth.”
In the winter the Patagonian maras will be able to take shelter in a heated barn within their enclosure.
Staff at the wildlife park had been looking for an animal like the Patagonian mara for a little while becuase the park had an empty enclosure ideal for an animal of their size. Grant says these two were born in captivity and don’t have to skills to be released into the wild.
“Any animal that’s born into captivity is not a good candidate for release,” he says. “Normally they need their mom to teach them skills in the wild.”
The three wolves, a sister and two brothers roughly 20 months old, were also born in captivity, and are from the same zoo as the rodents.
“It’s great to have three new young wolves who will be there for many years to come,” he says.
The park previously had a pack of four wolves, but that pack is now down to just one. Grant says the lone female is old and has deteriorating health so will be taken taken to an enclosure out of public view for care.
All the animals are in their new public habitats today, June 24.
for more info visit http://www.bcwildlife.org/about-us.htm