City considers single tourism office

A Vernon politician says some in-depth planning is required to meet the needs of tourists.

Coun. Brian Quiring wants the city’s tourism advisory committee involved in determining whether there should be a single site for a visitors information centre.

“I want them to at least chat about it before council considers it further,” he said, adding that the committee is familiar with the issues facing the sector.

Presently, there are information centres at both ends of Vernon but the lease on the centre near the army camp ends in 2013.

There have been some suggestions that it would be more beneficial if there is a more central facility.

“It could encourage people to stop downtown,” said Quiring.

However, Quiring admits that finding a large enough site for a building with sufficient vehicle access could be a challenge.

“It has to be  able to accommodate someone pulling a travel trailer.”

Other factors could also lead to a change in how visitor  information services are provided.

“There could be significant cost savings in consolidating them,” said Quiring of the centres.


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