Colin Carson // Tourism Prince George
This year, Tourism Week in Canada takes place May 23-30, 2021. Normally, Tourism Week consists of promoting travel and encouraging visitors to our communities. Obviously, this year is different. Canada’s tourism sector is facing a particularly difficulty time. For Tourism Week 2021, we want to make sure that we support all tourism businesses and show why tourism is important to communities like Prince George.
When we talk about tourism it’s important to remember that it’s an industry of industries. People visit a destination for a variety of reasons. They come to see friends and family, for business and industry visitation, conferences, sporting events, culture and entertainment, and for shopping, just to name a few. Here are a few of the hardest hit sectors and some ways you can support them:
One of the most important businesses to the tourism industry is accommodations. Whether that be hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, or campgrounds, Prince George has a wide variety of places where visitors can stay. One way you can support the Prince George accommodators is by booking a Staycation. SupportPG has a number of pre-set Staycations available for booking or you can create your own! Prince George Staycations
Attractions and Tours
Often when visiting a new destination visitors book a tour or check out a popular attraction. These are both vital to the tourism industry as they encourage visitors to extend their stay and spend more money in a community. In Prince George, we are fortunate to have a wide variety of both attractions and tours. Even with the current restrictions, many tours and attractions are open to locals. There’s never been a better time than now to learn more about Prince George by visiting an attraction or booking a tour. Attractions and Tours
An industry that’s been completely devastated by COVID-19, events are a major driver in bringing visitors to Prince George. Whether it’s arts and culture events, meetings and conventions, or sport events, none have been able to take place with full attendance for over a year. Do some research and support those organizations that host these wonderful events to make sure they can bring them back when it’s safe.
The culinary scene in Prince George has grown immensely in recent years. Fortunately, with the latest regulations some restaurants have been able to utilize outdoor spaces to have some dining capability. But many restaurants are fully closed or only offering take out during this time. Supporting local restaurants by buying gift cards or ordering food is a necessary (and tasty) way to ensure the culinary scene is still vibrant when COVID-19 ends. Restaurants
The retail shopping sector has been hit hard with people opting to shop online and avoid public spaces. Local shops are doing a great job of following guidelines and creating a safe environment to support them and many businesses offer some form of shopping with curbside pick-up for convenience. Just like restaurants, purchasing a gift card to your favourite local shop is a great way to show support right now!
This year, during Tourism Week, try to think of those business that act as economic drivers by bringing visitors to Prince George or enhancing the stay of those visiting. These companies are crucial to the recovery of our community in a post COVID-19 world.
About the author: Colin grew up in Prince George and attended TRU to complete a Bachelor of Business Administration. After graduation, he spent a year in Denmark playing professional volleyball followed by a year working in China before returning to Prince George. He continues to be involved in the community where he grew up. As the Manager, Sport Tourism at Tourism Prince George, he works with all levels of sporting groups to attract sporting events and supports every step in the event and bid process.