Joining Chamber one way to boost tourism potential

No question that it is a tough market out there for businesses, says tourism director4

Tim Flanigan’s recent letter regarding tourism in Harrison Hot Springs made a number of observations and suggestions, concluding that a lack of events is the problem and more events the solution. The reality is always more complex and the fact is that tourism is down this year across the province and Harrison Hot Springs is no exception. There are many reasons for this, including a slow economy discouraging spending and a high Canadian dollar keeping US and European visitors away, while at the same time encouraging Canadians to travel to the US and abroad. There is no question that it is a tough market out there making it a struggle for tourist dependent businesses.

Events are definitely one of the tools we can use to bring people to Harrison and both the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Harrison have been working hard to do just that. Last year the Chamber started Bands on the Beach which is now an annual two day event bringing thousands to Harrison. Earlier this year Tourism Harrison together with the Harrison Festival Society helped to re-establish Sasquatch Days which was a great success and will become an annual event.

Tourism Harrison last year started a Bald Eagle Photo Festival in November that will grow this year and has spent the last two months working on creating a Beer Festival. This is no small undertaking but now with 15 craft breweries signed up we are pleased to announce a Beer Festival and Oktoberfest dance will take place in Harrison on October 26 and 27. To learn more go to

Events take a lot of planning, hard work and money. I would suggest to Mr. Flanigan that it’s great to have ideas but if he really wants to help improve tourism in Harrison Hot Springs he should join the Chamber and work with the other business owners that volunteer their time to help make Harrison a more appealing tourist destination.

Robert Reyerse

Executive Director

Tourism Harrison


Just Posted

Lower Mainland could see spring flurries

Snow expected at higher elevations

Experts detect risk of rock avalanche above Bridal Falls near Chilliwack

Risk in the one-in-10,000-year is minimal but triggers FVRD to direct growth elsewhere

Auditors couldn’t tell if Fraser Health executives bought booze on taxpayers’ dime

Review from 2014 says one administrator bought Bose headphones on company credit card

Free parking not in the cards for Fraser Valley hospitals

Chair says board may look at ways to make parking easier, but not free

Ottawa proposes restricted pot labels, packages

Packaging will include red stop sign with marijuana leaf and ‘THC’

Harsher fines, new off-road vehicle rules in effect to combat B.C. wildfires

Anyone who starts a wildfire could be ordered to pay up to $1,000,000

Muddy water found in taps at B.C. hospital prompts investigation

Northern Health to hire consultant to examine three facilities for potential contamination

Lower Mainland based rabbit rescue pleads for foster homes

The Langley-centred Small Animal Rescue Society needs foster families to take new bunnies.

RCMP officer charged after pedestrian struck at crosswalk

A man suffered a broken leg and head lacerations after being struck by the police vehicle in 2017

B.C. gives tax breaks to jumpstart LNG in northwest

LNG income tax scrapped, break on sales tax for producers

BCHL Today: Wenatchee goes Wild against Vernon Vipers

BCHL Today is a (near) daily look at what’s going on around the league and the junior A world.

B.C’s Indigenous tourism takes centre stage in Chilliwack

One-day workshop will look at ways to imbue the industry with authenticity

IIO seeks witness of fatality after Taser incident in Chilliwack

Police watchdog release image of Dodge Ram asking for driver/occupant to make contact

Most Read