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5/27/2017 Media Release
Ogden Point Master Plan Endorsed by B.C. Business Community

Greater Victoria, May 27, 2017 – The B.C. business community agrees that the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority’s Master Plan will enhance the province’s overall cruise capacity, one that already is a major contributor to B.C.’s economy and tourism sector.

The resolution, Improving B.C.’S Cruise Ship Industry: Ogden Point Master Plan, was endorsed by the BC Chamber and its member chambers and boards of trade on May 27 during its annual general meeting and conference, running May 25 to 27 at the Victoria Conference Centre.

The resolution recommends the Province of B.C. endorse the application for federal funding to develop Ogden Point, including the upgrading of the new cruise terminal, and to support the development of tourism attractions for cruise passengers in all regions of B.C. currently supporting the existing cruise infrastructure.

The resolution emerged from the joint efforts of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, Tourism Victoria, the City of Victoria and the Downtown Victoria Business Association to request Provincial support on issues of importance to the city.

“The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority is gratified by the support of Chamber members across the province, and in particular from the Victoria and Nanaimo Chambers for their endorsement of this resolution, which is at the heart of our plans for Ogden Point,” said Ian Robertson, CEO of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority. “Redevelopment of cruise tourism infrastructure in Victoria is key to creating a vibrant gateway for visitors and residents, which will contribute enormously to marine industrial and tourism capacity, and build British Columbia as a destination.”

The BC cruise ship industry is a significant contributor to the provincial economy and tourism sector. Developing and improving cruise capacity in British Columbia is essential to maintaining our position as a key player in the global cruise industry. Owned and managed by the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, Ogden Point in Victoria is Canada’s busiest cruise ship port of call, welcoming more than 550,000 passengers and more than 212,000 crew on 224 ships in 2016. GVHA has developed the Ogden Point Master Plan. The Plan will contribute to the province’s overall cruise capacity, establish B.C.’s second cruise ship home port, while boosting the visibility of B.C. cruise ports including Vancouver, Nanaimo, and Prince Rupert.

The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce is the largest business association in Greater Victoria, with over 1,400 member organizations. It was founded February 9, 1863, and is funded by businesses to support business. The Greater Victoria Chamber works to strengthen the region’s business community through advocacy, networking events, professional development and other programming to support its members. More info at www.victoriachamber.ca.

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