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Maybe next time for Royal visit

City not on Royal itinerary, but Tourism Kamloops holds out hope
August 22, 2016 2:04 P.M.
Brianne Fenrich and Rebecca Grenier of Tourism Kamloops, extending the Royal invitation.

The Royal itinerary is chock-a-block full for a visit to B.C. next month by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, but Tourism Kamloops will continue to invite them via social media.

Additional details were released Monday on the week-long visit by Prince William and his wife, Kate, which will include stops in Vancouver, Victoria, Bella Bella, Haida Gwaii and Kelowna in B.C. It's expected they will bring their children, George and Charlotte, along for the trip.

After the tour was announced last month, Tourism Kamloops started a lighthearted campaign, inviting the Royal couple to visit the city and encouraging others to tweet ideas on how to entice them.

While they had fun with the online campaign, they’re not giving up, said Beverly DeSantis, Tourism Kamloops CEO.

“We’ll continue to invite them,” she said Monday. “You never know what will happen.”

DeSantis said she saw the itinerary and there would be no time in the schedule with stops in Victoria, Kelowna and the Yukon, all in one day. Still, there will be a next time.

“In all fairness, we had the Queen when she came to Kamloops in 1982,” DeSantis said. “I guess Kelowna is due for a few visits.”

DeSantis, who arrived to assume the CEO role in April, admits to being a bit of a Royal watcher.

“I keep an eye on them,” she said. “I think they’re an amazing couple doing some awesome work,” she noted, referring to tour stops in B.C. related to health, children and Indigenous peoples.

William’s parents, the Prince and Princess of Wales, visited Kamloops and Kelowna in 1986 when they came for the official opening of Expo 86.

The beauty of Canada’s West Coast and the rugged wilderness of the North will be front and centre during the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s second official Royal Tour to Canada. They visit a total of seven communities in Western Canada, including Whitehorse and Carcross. Here's the itinerary:

  • September 24: Victoria
  • September 25: Vancouver
  • September 26: Bella Bella
  • September 27: Victoria and Kelowna; Whitehorse, Yukon
  • September 28: Whitehorse and Carcross, Yukon
  • September 29: Victoria
  • September 30: Haida Gwaii
  • October 1: Victoria

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