an account from one Whistler Councillor

Supporting Tourism

I’ve worked in Whistler for 12 years, and I’ve seen good seasons and less than good seasons. Our outdoor recreation industry is heavily dependent on something that is difficult to predict and impossible to change: the weather. When it snows, life is good! When the summer weather is sunny and not too hot, the bike park is booming. It’s important to have other options for guests and residents for rainy days, for non-skiers, for families, for seniors.

Cultural Diversity: Whistler is unique because everyone that lives here chose to be here. Artists of all media and creative people find themselves inspired by this beautiful place. There is an emerging market in Whistler, it has always been here, but it is gaining strength in awareness. The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre brings us a stunning facility and a personal tour of the First Nations bands and their history in this region. The Whistler Museum will show you the short but colorful history of this incredible town. Opening in 2015, the Audain Art museum will housing an enormous collection of Emily Carr and EJ Hughes works. Millennium Place is as grassroots for the performing arts and offers all kinds of programming to entertain, thrill, and amuse us!

I will support these arts to round out our cultural fabric.

 

It’s never been easier to get to Whistler. With the $600M upgrades to the Sea to Sky Highway before the Olympics, the road is safer and more beautiful than ever. We have a great transit system which enjoys an unusually high ridership per capita as compared with other municipalities.

Buses and rental cars: with only one shuttle service allowed to operate regular service from YVR, it limits departure times and therefore is unattractive. It’s expensive and not user friendly. Can we look at working with YVR and with transport companies so that there is “always a bus leaving shortly” to get people here quickly and conveniently? We need to minimize the barriers to getting them here on mass transit. Getting first time visitors into rental cars and driving the highway in unfamiliar or unpredictable weather patterns is not a great experience. Further, once you’re here, you don’t need a car so it sits in a lot. Not a great experience.

I will commit to partnering with transport companies and other stakeholders to maximize mass transit from Vancouver to Whistler.

Transit: I am going to defer this one to the experts, as I walk most everywhere. When I need to drive, it’s because I have my son, his stroller, his carrier, and it’s a lot to take on the bus, especially if the bus is unpredictable. We have a bus stop at our driveway, and I see an awful lot of empty buses. How can we fix that?? There is lots of opportunity here.

Whistler needs to move people around quickly and efficiently. I am committed to working with transit to be more user friendly.

 

I spent 6 years selling Whistler as a destination for conference and incentive groups. I traveled to Dallas, Orlando, Las Vegas, San Diego, Los Angeles, Denver, Ottawa, and Toronto convincing group organizers and meeting planners that in this wide world of choice, Whistler is the best place for groups! I have a solid understanding of how our major stakeholders get people here.

I am committed to supporting our partners in attracting conference business. 

PLEASE VOTE ON NOV 15!