Laurio said variety is key to sports tourism

City of Penticton: Laurio, Jukka — Mayoral Candidate answers how would you go about boosting sports and other alternate types of tourism?

  • Nov. 13, 2014 5:00 a.m.

For successful sports tourism we need to have sports facilities.

We are doing well on the hockey front. We need to concentrate on what we do have: two lakes, one that is 135 km long, ideal for water sports; beaches for volleyball and sand castle competition; trails of varying difficulty for hiking and mountain bike racing. Places for mud-pits and hill climbs for the ATV and truck enthusiasts.

All sports do not have to be serious. A novelty, across the lake race, in homemade boats made of recyclable materials, might work. If we will work diligently, do our research, find out who needs our resources, invite them to come here and we have sports tourism.