With B.C. experiencing some of its strongest tourism growth in years, Sun Peaks is receiving $300,000 from the province’s Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI).
Through the RMI, Sun Peaks has received a total of $1.9 million since in the last five years toward projects including large music events, an outdoor NHL-sized hockey rink, village entrance signage, a portable stage and recreation infrastructure improvements.
The RMI provides $10.5 million each year to help eligible resort-oriented municipalities develop and enhance tourism infrastructure and amenities. RMI communities include Whistler, Fernie, Kimberley, Golden, Harrison Hot Springs, Invermere, Osoyoos, Radium Hot Springs, Revelstoke, Rossland, Sun Peaks, Tofino, Ucluelet and Valemount.
Since the RMI’s inception in 2006, more than $108.6 million has been invested in tourism infrastructure and programs to support local and regional tourism economies in the 14 participating communities.
“Sun Peaks has witnessed significant summer tourism growth as a result of the funding received through the RMI program,” said Al Raine, mayor of the resort municipality. “We received our first funding in 2011 and by last summer, our summer visitor numbers have increased by more than 46 percent and this summer is even busier than last summer. Without RMI funding, this kind of growth is not possible.”
“This summer Sun Peaks set a record for July occupancy numbers – a 20 per cent increase over the previous year,” said MLA Terry Lake, noting that the resort is evolving into a four-season destination.