REPORTING · 5th June 2012
The local tourism groups were present to open a brand new Kiosk at the Northwest Regional Airport on Tuesday, May 29th. Mayor Dave Pernarowski from Terrace and Mayor Joanne Monaghan from Kitimat were out to cut the ribbon.
“We had a Kiosk here for many years and it was decided that with the amount of activity and the numbers for the airport have been steadily increasing, we thought by having a new Kiosk here as a joint venture with Kitimat was the right direction to move forward within our community,” said Bruno Belanger, Vice President of Kermode Tourism.
The Kiosk will be manned by volunteers who will meet flights and will represent the communities to people from all over the world. The goal is to show what Terrace, Kitimat, Kitamaat Village and the Nass Valley have to offer tourists.
There is a second Kiosk to greet private jets as they land. Belanger stated there were 54 private jets landed at the Northwest Regional Airport. He also stated there is a program Kermode Tourism is working on with the workers to bring their families up to Northern BC for Vacations rather then have the workers return home to visit their families when they get a break.
Monaghan stated she saw the beauty of this area and saw it as a sleeping giant waiting to wake up. She thanked the local tourism promotion groups for working together to put the booth together. She added the breath taking beauty of the north out does the Swiss Alps.
Pernarowski stated he has been looking forward to this for some time, as he has seen the work which has been done on the Kiosk. He agreed with Monaghan about the beauty of the area. Monaghan then jokingly volunteered Perarowski and herself to man the booth one day a week.
Perarowski concluded by saying: “Having a person here to represent this region, as Joanne talked about, the beauty of this region, about the local history and why we love living here is going to be an improvement to this region.”
Graham Genge and Trish Parsons gave a few words as well. Genge stated this has been the dream of Kermode Tourism and the two of them made this happen through the Northern BC Tourism Initiative: Community Tourism Opportunities. This program matches the funds which communities put towards a project. The Regional District also supported the initiative because it’s the regional airport.
Parsons thanked everyone who was involved in getting the space set up and said there was a lot of work which went into the booth. Genge stated the tourism community relationship between Kitimat and Terrace were close, there is no rivalry here.
The Mayors cut the ribbon and open the booth.
How to Volunteer
Comment by Visitor Centre Staff on 6th June 2012
Thanks everyone for their interest.
If you are interested in volunteering and being an ambassador you can contact our Terrace Visitor Centre Manager, Erin Dunbar. There are many great opportunities to do so and we also provide free training.
250 635 4944 or erin,,,visitterrace.com
2nd Kiosk Greeting Private Jets??
Comment by Executive Flight Centre on 5th June 2012
Where is this 2nd kiosk located??? I assume you mean the old pamphlet holder, that was taken to Executive Flight Centre for further promotion of local and area attractions/businesses? Unfortunately this remains empty after 8 months however we did send a text to Mr. Genge and he confirmed someone will be contacting us shortly to get the ball rolling and stock it full. Executive Flight Centre operates a full service FBO at the Northwest Regional Airport to service all corporate and private aircraft landing at YXT as well as being the sole Avaition fuel suppliers on site, servive AC Jazz, Hawkair, CMA, etc. That being said we are generally the 1st people incoming passengers off corporate and private have contact with and we act as ambassadors for the area, recommend hotels, rental cars, etc.
How does one volunteer?
Comment by MaggieJo Johnson on 5th June 2012
With the calls for volunteers to man the Kiosk, the article lacks direction on how one can actually do so in voluntary style:
Is there a formal training session involved? If not...is there at least some sort of an Orientation session? A dress code? A pinned lapel pin advertising the Volunteer of the Day is "on duty" in case the volunteer needs to scoot to the bathroom, but can be easily identified en route back to the Kiosk? Contact # to call to set up a volunteer schedule? Or do volunteers simply act at will while picking up family members from the airport to casually man the kiosk? Transportation to/from for volunteers without vehicles who would love to volunteer but can't afford the extra mileage/taxi charges? The businesses promoted in the man'ed kiosk pamphlets could maybe put a few bucks forward in sharing costs to help out those volunteers who do not have transportation to head out to the Airport to volunteer to promote those same businesses.
'Sounds like it would be a ton of fun to enticingly greet tourists into our area. I would LOVE to help out here and there. We need some clear direction in this regard so we can step up to help volunteer.
Gotta zip now. But looks like I'll have to make some calls.