New board elected for Island tourism organization

NANAIMO – Tourism Vancouver Island held its annual conference in Ucluelet.

The head of a whale watching business was named chairman of the board of directors for Tourism Vancouver Island at its annual conference in Ucluelet last week.

Ian MacPhee of Prince of Whales Whale Watching and Abbeymoore Manor Bed and Breakfast Inn, was re-elected to the position of board chairman.

“Tourism Vancouver Island’s role continues to evolve but our mission remains the same – building the economic benefits of tourism for our stakeholders,” MacPhee said. “I’m looking forward to a strong 2017 and the ability for Destination B.C. and the regions to do more with the government’s promised formula funding.”

Returning to the board and elected by acclamation for two-year terms are: Lara Greasley of Comox Valley Economic Development and Tourism; Andrew Jones of Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures; and new to the board and elected by acclamation for a two-year term is Cathy Whitcomb of Whiskey Landing Lodge.

Serving the second year of a two-year term are McPhee; Janet Clouston of Chamber of Commerce and Salt Spring Island Tourism; Janet Docherty of Merridale Ciderworks Corp.; and Arthur Wong of The Beach Club Resort.

Raymond Chan of RCA Consulting, Jenn Bogwald of MNP LLP, and Jim Owens of JTO Hospitality Group have been re-appointed to the board for two-year terms. Returning to the Board for the second year of a two-year appointment are Lillian Hunt of U’Mista Cultural Centre and Aboriginal Tourism Association of B.C., and Dean Prentice of Painter’s Lodge and April Point Lodge.