Gold Country Communities Society celebrates 25th year

A tourism symposium is being held in Merritt on October 23 - 24, with Gold Country encouraging local stakeholders to attend.

The Gold Country Communities Society (GCCS) is celebrating its 25th year of incorporation with a tourism symposium, and is encouraging local stakeholders to take part.

“Gold Country wants to celebrate our 25th anniversary by providing our tourism stakeholders with an opportunity to meet with other tourism-related businesses and destination marketing organizations in the area, to form relationships and partnerships,” says GCCS chief operating officer Terri Hadwin.

“When we work together, we have a stronger tourism product to offer potential visitors.”

The symposium takes place at the Merritt Civic Centre on October 23 ando 24, and will feature a tourism trade show, workshops, seminars, and networking events.

The trade show will be open to the public from 12 to 5 p.m. both days, and any stakeholders within Gold Country who would like to set up a table are invited to take part and showcase their business.

Tables and chairs will be available for participants, with set-up on October 23.

Stakeholders can take part in the various seminars, workshops, and networking events, which start with a celebration of GCCS’s 25th year of incorporation on the evening of October 23.

Appetizers will be provided, and the event will give stakeholders an opportunity to network.

Another networking opportunity will be a lunch held on October 24.

Among the workshops on offer is a full day WorldHost Fundamentals workshop, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on October 24.

It is being sponsored and subsidized by GCCS, meaning that participants can take part at the greatly reduced rate of $35 per person.

“Presentations will be made by Destination BC, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, Cariboo Chilcotin Coast, Gold Country, Tourism Merritt, and Peak Planning Associates who will be giving an update on the McAbee Fossil Heritage Site,” says Hadwin.

“So much exciting tourism information to be shared, and we can’t stress enough how important tourism is to the economy within the Gold Country region.”

“We are offering attendance to this event for free to any tourism-related business within our area; we just ask that they RSVP in advance.”

Participation in the trade show is free, as are the networking events and other presentations.

More details about the schedule will be available soon on the GCCS website at exploregoldcountry.com/symposium.

For more information about the event, or to register, e-mail goldcountry@telus.net.

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