More than 50 business and community leaders celebrated Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism Association’s 2018 achievements at its annual social and general meeting at The Beach Club Resort on March 28.
Prior to the formal AGM proceedings, Nancy Arsenault of Tourism Cafe Canada presented on tourism trends and ideas on how to capitalize on them by building new experiences. She also touched on an innovative experience development coaching program being offered by Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism.
Reports highlighted 2018 successes in stakeholder engagement, sport tourism, social media and travel media relations. Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism also announced directors elected by acclamation for 2019-20: Robynne Shaw, Sunrise Ridge Resort; Andy Lee, Ocean Crest Motel; Leif Bogwald, Vancouver Island Expeditions; Brett Standerwick, Fairwinds Golf Club; Sandy Herle, Close to You Boutique.
These directors join the rest of the board that includes: Pat Jiggins, Paradise Motel/Adventure Park & Arrowsmith Golf; Paul Drummond, Tigh-Na-Mara Resort; Corinna Ludovici, Bayside Resort; Dave Willie, Black & White Party Rentals (Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce Appointee); Jean Young, Arbutus Emporium (Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce Appointee); Chief Michael Recalma, Qualicum First Nation liaison; Adam Fras, RDN board liaison; Scott Harrison, Town of Qualicum Beach liaison; Teresa Patterson, City of Parksville liaison; Kim Burden, non-voting director, Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce; Anne Dobson, non-voting director, Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism’s board elected Jiggins as chair, Drummond as vice-chair and Bogwald as treasurer. Herle continues on the board as past-chair.
– Submitted by Blain Sepos