Website finally in construction

What you are reading here today is a blog about my travels through the Cariboo, Chilcotin region over the past 2 years. I have had the pleasure of a dozen visits to the Cariboo, half a dozen to the Coast, and a couple to the Chilcotin. Over the next several years I hope to visit as many resorts, lodges, ranches, bed and breakfasts, and tourism-related businesses as I can fit into my travel schedule.

During this month, however, (January 2014) I will be building a full website to feature and promote all the 40 properties i have had the pleasure of visiting, and those where I have stayed. The website will contain my own personal opinions and photos of all my visits. The website will allow all tourism properties to promote themselves and to secure queries and bookings. Once launched, the website will be free of charge for all participating business to join.

The purpose of a cooperative website is to join everyone’s efforts together in one location order to create a “one stop shopping” centre where prospective readers can discover all the delights the Cariboo, Chilcotin and Coast have to offer. The power of 100 businesses working together to promote these regions is far greater than the ability of each property to publicize itself.

The new website will also contain a guidebook that can be downloaded, with maps and directions, to clearly show the visitor how to create their own itinerary; how to choose what regions they want to visit; and how to select the ranch or resort that is right form the. The site will promote comments from visitors, so that participating properties can learn and share what visitors have to say.

Participating properties will be free to add their own copy, photos, video clips, links to their own social media, news and promotions, and other useful media. Working together, we can create a cooperative major website that will attract visitors from Europe, Australia, China, the USA and across Canada.

For more information, contact me directly at newscribe@shaw.ca.

My OpEd about the ferry cuts impact on the Chilcotin creates debate

The second of my two editorial columns in the Vancouver Sun about the proposed cuts to the Queen of Chillwack ferry service, and how these cuts will impact the Chilcotin region, resulted in numerous responses to the Sun’s public discussion forum. One comment from a reader, in particualr, caught my eye. The BC government can’t be expected to promote tourism to the region at the same time it is investing in mining and the extraction of fossil fuels. Could be true?  Is the provincial government willing to sacrifice tourism to the Chilcotin, and the damage it will also do to the Cariboo, in favour of the extraction of raw resources? Probably. To read the entire article, and the email responses it generated, click on the link below.

http://www.vancouversun.com/travel/Grinch+stole+Chilcotin+Christmas/9284858/story.html

 

OpEd article in Vancouver Sun shows how ferry cuts will impact the coast

Bio 7 editMy recent OpEd article published on the editorial pages of the Vancouver Sun shows how the proposed elimination of the Queen of Chilliwack ferry route from Port Hardy to Bella Coola will impact the coast. Log on to the URL below to read the full article.

http://www.vancouversun.com/travel/Ferries+needs+direction+steer+free/9238078/story.html