Posted February 5, 2020 - 4:10pm

February 5, 2020






NANAIMO, B.C.Rural communities on Vancouver Island are getting a boost in funding for tourism and destination development projects. Today the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture announced $1M in grant funding to support tourism strategic planning and destination development in rural communities affected by indefinite and permanent mill closures and those communities experiencing economic challenges. Tourism Vancouver Island is set to receive $200,000 of the grant funding which will be evenly distributed to each of the five Regional Destination Management Organizations in the province.

“As the lead for tourism destination development in the Vancouver Island Region, we are extremely pleased to receive this funding,” said Calum Matthews, Destination Development Director for Tourism Vancouver Island. “Over the next few months, we’ll be working in close collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, Destination BC, First Nations, community tourism organizations and local government to identify and implement projects.”

Supported projects will advance the goals and objectives set out in the Vancouver Island Destination Development Strategy, and support the mid to long term economic diversification and recovery of affected communities through tourism development.  

“This one-time grant is an exciting opportunity for Tourism Vancouver Island to begin implementing our Destination Development Strategy and to support tourism development in communities that are experiencing economic challenges,” added Anthony Everett,  President and Chief Executive Officer of Tourism Vancouver Island. “Responsible tourism development boasts social, economic, and environmental benefits. Sustainable development projects support people and communities, grow the visitor economy, and help to protect our natural assets and favourite places.”


Media Contact:

Lauren Semple

Corporate Communications Specialist, Tourism Vancouver Island

250 740 1212  or


About Tourism Vancouver Island:

As one of five not-for-profit destination management and marketing organizations within the province, Tourism Vancouver Island’s mission is to support Vancouver Island’s evolution into a globally preferred travel and getaway destination. Governed by a volunteer board of directors, and as the official representative of Destination British Columbia, the association represents tourism stakeholders throughout the region, including Vancouver Island, Victoria and the Gulf Islands, as well as a stretch of mainland coast between Moses and Bute inlets. For more information, visit

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