News

Chamber endorses economic benefits of Boonstock Festival

The Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce passed a motion at the May 28 meeting of its board of directors announcing its support of the Boonstock Music and Arts Festival.

"I am extremely excited about the potential economic impact of a festival of this magnitude," said Campbell Watt, president of the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce. "We will have thousands of visitors coming to Penticton that will be spending money at our local businesses."

The chamber's endorsement specifically acknowledges the planning Boonstock Festival organizers have done to satisfy concerns about transportation, security and emergency services.

Festivals of this kind throughout North America have created a booming business and many communities are recognizing the economic benefits. Communities such as Squamish, Pemberton, Salmon Arm and more are well known for their festivals and the rejuvenating effect they have contributed to those communities' tourism industries.

"The marketing benefits of this festival will be massive," Watt explains. "It is attracting a younger demographic, one that may be visiting Penticton for the first time.  We have an opportunity to welcome them and turn them into repeat visitors."

Boonstock president Colin Kobza said his family is excited to relocate not only his business but his family to the region.

"We're really pleased to have the chamber endorse Boonstock. They are definitely a forward thinking organization and recognize the value and vision of Boonstock," said Kobza.

In order to further communicate the safety and emergency planning by festival organizers and the economic impacts of the festival industry, the Chamber will be hosting an open forum for members on June 19 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.  Members are invited to attend and participate in an open dialogue with Boonstock Festival organizers.

RSVPs for the June 19 event are required and can be made by contacting the Chamber office.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

VIDEO: Witnesses describe scene at Parliament Hill; Raw footage of Ottawa shootings
 
South Okanagan sign cull to continue
 
Albas off to Ottawa
Other alleged victim will be recalled to Bobbitt hearing
 
(VIDEO) B.C. boys Reinhart, Virtanen ranked in Top 10 for 2014 NHL Draft
 
Soldier killed in Parliament Hill siege
Transportation Minister revs up B.C. speed limit reform debate
 
Bootleg Sled Dogs race into third year for Kootenay kids
 
B.C. legislature likely silent until spring, says de Jong

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 22 edition online now. Browse the archives.