District touts tourism centre

Tourists are beating a path to Lake Country, but once there, there’s no one to welcome them

Tourists are beating a path to Lake Country, but once there, there’s no one to welcome them.

Council has instructed district staff to establish a tourism commission which would develop a visitors information centre.

“There are a lot of different groups trying to promote their businesses and we have signed an agreement with Kelowna to piggy-back on to their marketing,” said Mayor James Baker.

“But there is no visitors centre to direct people to what’s going on here.”

The previous visitors centre closed after the Lake Country Chamber of Commerce decided to no longer operate it.

The hope is to have a facility open this year although a location must be identified and it’s not known who would actually look after management.

“We may get Tourism Kelowna to get involved. We need someone to work on it,” said Baker.

The district would also like to see the Okanagan Indian Band participate as a way of creating awareness about the First Nations culture in the area.

“We will work with them on sharing information,” said Baker.

Baker doesn’t believe there will be a concern with finding residents who want to sit on the commission.

“We have a lot of volunteers in the community and I am sure there will be some volunteers who step forward,” he said.