In-person conventions return | CKPGToday.ca
But these conventions make a lot of money for hotels in the city, from which Tourism Prince George receives a portion of the room rates, with the “hotel tax”, as it is called, to cover operations. In 2021, Tourism PG got $635,000 from this hotel tax and it has budgeted over $1 million for that year. But unlike other jurisdictions, Carson says the loss of conventions for hotels has been compensated.
“The resource sector was so strong even during COVID, so fortunate for our organization and the city’s hoteliers. They were able to survive COVID. They were certainly hurt, but not as badly as some other communities.
Those in-person events are starting to come back. This city hosted the True North Conference and the BC Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting. And Mayor Lyn Hall hopes it will.
“The business happening and the conversations happening and the ability for me to promote the community and the ability for me to talk to investors and developers is like night and day,” Mayor Lyn Hall said. “When you’re face to face in a room having that conversation, it’s on Zoom. There’s a drastic difference.
Prince George Tourism is banking on a rebound in in-person visitation, bidding on four conferences. And tourism received a wad of cash.
“Tourism Prince George has received the BC Events and Conferences Restart Fund from the Province of British Columbia and, in particular, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport,” says Carson. “So we received $100,000 to help attract and support the conferences that are happening in Prince George.”
In fact, Prince George will host the 2023 BC Tourism and Hospitality Conference, which will bring together up to 500-600 delegates. This will be the first time the event has taken place in the North.