Monday, March 26, 2012

NEDC Seeks Input From Tourism Sector


NEDC Invites Tourist Related Companies Input

The Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation (NEDC) is set to host the next Nanaimo Business Counts industry sector forum to collect industry feedback from the Tourism sector.

The NEDC is working to support its third largest industry by gaining direct feedback on the business challenges, obstacles and opportunities that tourism companies feel are critical to their advancement and expansion within the City of Nanaimo. The forum is designed to capture that information and ensure that it is integrated into the future plans of the NEDC to support advocacy, legislative change and marketing initiatives that will drive the tourism industry to future success.

The forum will be held on Tuesday, March 27, from 12 – 2 pm, at the offices of the NEDC located at 104 Front Street and will be facilitated by a leading expert in garnering significant data on business retention and expansion opportunities within municipalities.

Economic development is not just about attracting new business but also supports the advancement and expansion of those honored businesses that have made Nanaimo their home. The tourism sector encompasses not only local attractions and accommodation providers but also transportation, sporting events, and other sub-sectors. In Nanaimo there are 312 businesses in the accommodation and food service sectors alone, accounting for 5.38% of all businesses here.

“The Tourism sector is often viewed as outside of the mainline business community. The NEDC wants to ensure that our Tourism businesses have a voice as an integral business sector that employs our residents and students and is a driving force in the economic strength of the area. The data collected from this forum will help supplement the great work already being done by the Tourism Leadership Committee and Nanaimo Hospitality Association by helping to build the capacity of our tourism providers” says Susan Cudahy, CEO of the NEDC.

Opportunities exist for local tourism companies to engage in the process. Businesses who wish participate are asked to contact the NEDC at 250-591-1551 or katie.ferland@investnanaimo.com

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