New Report outlines compelling economic case to protect snow sport resorts in B.C.

Posted on April 9, 2015

A new report, “The Value of Ski Areas to the British Columbia Economy Phase Two: All Ski Areas” written by Ryan Staley outlines a compelling economic case to protect snow sports resorts in British Columbia. Pique News story: http://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/whistler/report-outlines-compelling-economic-case-to-protect-snow-sport-resorts-in-bc/Content?oid=2644297 Full Destination British Columbia Report: http://www.destinationbc.ca/getattachment/Research/Research-by-Activity/All-Research-by-Activity/Test/Value-of-Ski-Areas_Phase-Two_Final.pdf.aspx

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BC Aboriginal Youth Mountain Biking Project gaining momentum!

Posted on March 15, 2015

A new kickstarter program designed to support the introduction of Aboriginal Youth to Mountain Biking is gaining momentum. The Aboriginal Youth Mountain Biking Program is a group of mountain bike riders, coaches and community leaders who wish to support and encourage Aboriginal youth and communities to participate and excel in the sport of mountain biking. The […]

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Left Coast Insights published in Tourism Review International

Posted on July 29, 2014

We’ve been published! Ray Freeman (Royal Roads University, Victoria, Canada) and Eugene Thomlinson (Latrobe University, Melbourne, Australia) have been published in a themed issue of Tourism Review International on cycling tourism research. Topic: Mountain Bike Tourism and Community Development in British Columbia: Critical Success Factors for the Future.Volume 18, Number 1, 2014, ISSN 1544-2712, E-ISSN 1943-4421

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What is a Destination Story-Telling Framework?

Posted on July 29, 2014

The development and utilization of a story-telling theme and framework can assist a destination to develop a regional brand, support product and experience development, training, and marketing activities. “Stories are an important part of (a communities’) culture due to their ability to transmit cultural values” (Nickson, 2013).  Story-telling can be a critical catalyst to engage […]

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Impacts of Mountain Bike Tourism on Communities

Posted on June 8, 2014

In his blog post “Economic Impacts of Mountain Biking Tourism”, Lee Lau of Pinkbike.com has done an excellent job of synthesizing the economic impacts of developing mountain biking as a tourism attraction for our communities.  Like cycling in general, mountain biking may be viewed primarily as a recreational activity, without much thought on how this […]

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Integration of Winter Outdoor Recreation Stakeholder Interests on Public Lands

Posted on May 5, 2014

This literature review analyzes relevant considerations from peer-reviewed academic journal articles specific to multiple user conflicts on public lands as applied to a select group of winter outdoor recreation activities.  Managers of public lands face potential user conflicts from stakeholder groups who participate in non-complementary activities in regions where multiple stakeholder groups frequent.  In order […]

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Balancing tourism with culture

Posted on April 28, 2014

Guest post by Amy Dove, Royal Roads University http://www.royalroads.ca/news/balancing-tourism-culture Travellers are looking, more than ever, for experiences that empower communities to share their cultures without exploiting them. For communities eager to share, there are tourism opportunities to be had that balance exposure with respectful preservation. Royal Roads University MA in Tourism Management alumni Ray Freeman and Ryan […]

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Tourism Area Life Cycle for Community Tourism Development

Posted on April 16, 2014

This is a theoretical graph of visitor numbers over time as a destination develops.  The concept is helpful for communities to understand that tourist destinations don’t start out as thriving economic generators but progress from unique hideaway to chic destination and eventually into decline. In the early stages of development the destination is visited by […]

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Empowering Indigenous Communities though Story-Telling and Tourism

Posted on April 15, 2014

This week, Whistler is hosting the 2014 International Aboriginal Tourism Conference with delegates attending from around the globe. The timing of this event for First Nations peoples is significant as we see increasing momentum building amongst Aboriginal communities interested in building capacity and improving their quality of life, many using tourism as a vehicle to […]

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