NEWS RELEASE · 25th November 2010
Graham Genge, interim executive director of Kermodei Tourism, has been elected to the board of directors of Northern BC Tourism Association to fill the seat of Director representing Kitimat-Stikine Regional District.
The purpose of Northern BC Tourism Association is to set strategic direction for tourism in northern BC and to achieve the association’s ultimate mission of increasing tourism activities and visitation to all northern BC regions. “I’m excited for the opportunity,” says Genge, “this will allow me to provide a voice for our corner of the north”.
The results of election were announced during Northern BC Tourism’s Annual General Meeting & Convention held Oct 4-5 in Prince George. Mr. Genge, along with two Kermodei Tourism Board members, Bruno Belanger and Debbie Letawski, attended the convention which offered a number of professional development workshops, panel discussions, and networking functions over the 2-day event.
“The quality of information and discussions relating to the state of the industry on a regional, provincial and national scale was really valuable,” says Bruno Belanger, Vice President of Kermodei Tourism, “it was all very relevant to what we are experiencing here in Terrace”.
Mr. Genge stepped in as interim executive director for Kermodei Tourism in June 2010 and will be assuming the permanent position of Executive Director on January 1, 2011. Graham and his wife Mette moved to the Terrace area 2 years ago and they have both been very active in the tourism community. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism Management, has several years experience as a tour guide in places around the globe, and is a professional photographer and outdoor enthusiast.
“His education, experience, and excellent communication skills have proven to be a valuable asset for the organization to date and we (the Board), are looking forward to working with Graham in moving tourism in our region forward” states Debbie Russell, President of Kermodei Tourism.
If you have an interest in tourism and would like to learn more about what Kermodei Tourism can do for you, plan to attend Kermodei Tourism’s Annual General Meeting tentatively scheduled for January 5, 2011 at the Northwest Community College Longhouse, Waap Galtsa’p, starting at 7:00 pm.
All community members are invited to attend. Agenda topics will include value of tourism report, community tourism plan, 2010 marketing activities, board of director introductions, and an update on the provincial hotel tax. Anthony Everett, CEO of Northern BC Tourism, will also be in attendance as keynote speaker. Mark your calendars for January 5, 2011, 7:00pm, at NWCC.