NDP MLA Harwinder Sandhu says new support will help anchor attractions in Vernon recover from impacts of COVID-19

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VERNON – New Democrat MLA Harwinder Sandhu says new support from the BC NDP government will help anchor attractions and tour bus companies in Vernon recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, attract visitors and provide local jobs.

“The North Okanagan is renowned for its natural beauty and welcoming environment,” said MLA Sandhu. “The pandemic made it difficult to welcome visitors so that they could enjoy what we have to offer. We’re supporting local tourism operators so that as we welcome back people from across the province and country, and when it’s safe, the world, we can showcase our extraordinary region once again.”

Anchor attractions and/our tour bus companies receiving support include Splashdown Vernon, the Okanagan Science Centre, and A1 Bus Ltd.

This funding is part of a $36.5 million investment announced earlier this year by the BC New Democrat government. MLA Sandhu said she is glad that people in the riding will benefit from this funding, as it will not only support people working in tourism but also help grow the local economy into the future

Organizations can use the grants to pay for rent and utilities, payroll and costs related to restarting or ramping up operations.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the New Democrat government has worked closely with B.C.’s tourism sector and provided $225 million in support to ensure businesses and non-profits can continue to draw visitors and benefit local communities for years to com

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For a list of BC Major Anchor Attractions recipients by region, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/7-23_BCMAA.pdf