Province, resort supporters flying to France to meet potential investors

By Kelsey Verboon for the Columbia Valley Pioneer

A delegation that includes provincial and local government, as well
as proponents of Glacier Resorts Ltd., the company behind Jumbo Glacier
Resort, is hopping on a jet plane to France to meet with companies
interested in investing in B.C.’s ski industry.

The purpose of the trip is to meet potential investors who, if
interested, could bolster B.C.’s ski industry as a whole, and also local
ski resort projects like the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort, should the
development get the green light from the provincial government.

The trip came about after Minister Pat Bell, B.C. Minister of Jobs,
Tourism, and Innovation, was contacted by a consortium of partnering
companies in the French ski resort industry looking for investment
opportunities in North America specific to the ski industry.

Minister Bell responded in November, saying, “In our recently
launched ‘Canada Starts Here – The B.C. Jobs Plan’ we have strongly
articulated our commitment to making B.C. the number one skiing
destination in North America. On this basis we are keenly interested in
your expertise in that area and look forward to working with you to
develop a better understanding of the opportunity that lies before us.”

Minister Bell is unable to make the trip to France, so he is sending
Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett, former Tourism Minister, to represent
him and the province.

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