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Airport Hosts Economic Workshop

Feb 11, 2004

Victoria, B.C.-The Victoria Airport Authority (VAA) has undertaken an initiative to develop close marine-air tourism ties that contribute to the economic health of the Capital Region.

Richard Paquette, President and CEO of the Airport Authority called together a small group of business interests on February 3rd at Dunsmuir Lodge and asked whether the VAA could play a larger role in fostering economic activity.  The answer came back - a resounding yes!

Paquette noted that "there was great enthusiasm in creating a stronger marine-air tourism partnership and to develop action plans to foster increased economic activity."

Mark Dickinson owner of Van Isle Marina endorsed the Airports efforts and called for the establishment of a marine-air tourism task force.  Dickinson stated, "a task force such as this one would have far reaching benefits resulting in 'smart growth' for our region."

Tourism Victoria CEO Lorne Whyte who was in attendance at the workshop "sees tremendous value for cooperative initiatives within the Capital Region."  Whyte said, "improved marine-air linkages will bring more visitors to the area and the entire community stand to benefit from the economic spin-offs on increased tourism."

The Marine-Air Task Force is planning another meeting in the next few weeks to develop a plan to move forward with the ideas generated at the workshop.  At that time, a chairperson and final stakeholder list will be developed.

For more information contact:

Richard Paquette
President & CEO
Victoria Airport Authority