Harrison Hot Springs relies heavily on tourist activity to maintain its business economy. How do you envision working with the municipality to help boost interest in this area of the riding?
Harrison Hot Springs is a very popular area that people are naturally drawn to. With a robust economy that can be realized with the right government there is ample money in the economy for spending on local tourism. As for international tourism, a provincial government has the responsibility to be diplomatic to retain good relations with countries who’s citizens would like to visit and spend their tourism dollars here. I believe upgrades to the Lougheed Hwy and proper maintenance of existing roadways into Harrison are important factors in attracting tourists from the city. I would advocate for ongoing maintenance of our local parks (ie. Hicks Lake) and the stocking of trout in some lakes like Hicks. I would be willing to meet, listen and work with locals and local representatives to develop a plan for the areas prosperity.
In order to boost the local tourist industry in small communities, I would work close with Chamber of Commerce members as well as local business owners to help navigate through the red tape that plagues new and evolving ideas from becoming a reality.
Gwen O’Mahony :
A BC NDP government will support Destination BC as BC’s industry-led, formula-funded tourism marketer and will stimulate the growth of our creative and film sectors. I am committed to working with municipalities and regional tourism boards to promote tourism, and will promote Harrison Hot Springs as an ideal setting for filming, for conferences and for family vacations.
Tourism is a priority for BC Liberals – it’s one of the five pillars of BC’s Jobs Plan. There are many tourists who come to Harrison for the day without availing themselves of the many amenities provided by local business owners, such as restaurants. I would like to consult with the community on ways to lengthen the stay of the average tourist, as well as marketing more broadly the great attractions Harrison Hot Springs has to offer.