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Open House Well Attended

Over 85 people attended the Tourism Master Plan Open House on September 18th to learn more about this new intiative just launched. Response to the initiative was very well received as everyone understands the need for a tourism master plan that will help address growth, opportunities, issues, impacts, marketing and management.

TMP Open House HandOut

Attendees included:
– Local residents
– Accommodators
– LGBTQ Community & Fernie Pride Society
– Teck
– Fernie Chamber of Commerce
– City of Fernie
– Regional District of East Kootenay
– Tourism Fernie
– Fernie Mountain Bike Club
– Fernie Trails Alliance
– Local Adventure Operators
– Resorts (Island Lake, Fernie Alpine)
– Local Cultural Organizations (Arts Council, Museum, Library, artisans)
– Food/Dining/Beverage Sector
– Retail sector
– Construction, Reno, Prop Mgnt & developer sector
– Kootenay Rockies Tourism
– Fernie Golf Club
– Fernie Pets Society
– Fernie Nordic Society
– Wildsight
– Columbia Basin Trust
– Candidates running for mayor/council
– Local Events/Festivals (Wapiti, Griz Days, Pride Fest, Chautauqua)
– Additional local businesses, consultants, transportation providers, media, financial

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Value of Tourism in Fernie

Tourism Fernie, in partnership with Destination BC conducted a Value of Tourism Study in 2016-2017. Developed through Destination BC’s Research, Planning and Evaluation Department.


Having an understanding of tourism’s economic contribution to a community is central to developing an informed tourism planning approach, strengthening the support of community stakeholders and local government, and encouraging an appreciation of tourism’s economic development potential.


Developed through DBC’s Research, Planning & Evaluation Department, The Value of Tourism Model is a program that provides a structured, consistent approach to estimate the volume and value of tourism in a community. Data gathered focused on the years 2014-2016, with the inclusion of 2017 data as available.


A detailed study of this nature had never been completed for Fernie and has been determined to be an essential tool needed to support the local tourism industry in understanding its contributions to the overall economy. Business, especially the accommodation sector, participation was essential for this study.

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