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Fires affecting some but not all tourism businesses

August 3rd, 2017, News

On behalf of the tourism industry in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast and our board of directors, we thank the fire crews, staff, volunteers and people who have come together to support the safety of our people, businesses and communities.

We are extremely proud of our staff and the tourism business owners in our region – they are resourceful, innovative and resilient. During these challenging times they continue to rise above and beyond, providing outstanding levels of service, to visitors and crews.

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association is working to assist those communities and businesses impacted by the wildfires, as well as those who remain open for business and are welcoming guests. If you have a reservation, don’t be hesitant; call your resort and ‘Know Before You Go’.

We realize that some travellers had planned to visit areas in the impacted zones, and we understand you are disappointed. We invite you back to visit this fall or next year, because these are truly bucket-list destinations. Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism businesses need your support, and to see future bookings coming in will offer great hope to those families facing a poor 2017 summer season.

If you have witnessed a tourism business or owner going above and beyond please let us know as we continue to share the amazing strength, kindness and humanity being shown by the people of the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast.

As we head into the long weekend, the tourism industry and your neighbours are asking for your help. Many parts of British Columbia remain in a state of high fire risk – we need everyone to remain vigilant. Enjoy your long weekend responsibly – do not hinder the efforts of our wildfire teams or emergency personnel, comply with any orders and let’s have no new human-caused fires!

A reminder from Recreation Sites & Trails BC:

“In an effort to protect public safety, the Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations has closed ALL Recreation Sites and Trails in the Cariboo Fire Center.  This closure will remain in effect until further notice.

Recreationalists are encouraged to avoid travelling in the backcountry in areas of active wildfires or where the fire danger rating is high to extreme.  Given the current fire danger ratings and number of active wildfires, further restrictions may be considered if people do not stay out of the backcountry.”

For more information on the current closures of recreation sites and trails visit:http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/sports-culture/recreation/camping-hiking/sites-trails

In closing please share the ‘Know Before You Go’ message – check with official emergency sources to obtain the accurate information and contact our tourism professionals directly. Help keep us all safe this August long weekend.

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association is an industry-led not-for-profit Destination Management Organization that works collaboratively with stakeholders to develop and promote a responsible tourism industry in the Cariboo, Chilcotin and Central Coast of British Columbia. For more information about the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast tourism region, please visit: www.landwithoutlimits.com

Media contacts:

Amy Thacker, CEO

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association

amy@landwithoutlimits.com

 

Andre Kuerbis, Board Chair

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association

info@afk-consulting.com

Cell: 250-217-6438