Kimberley is Rocking
Literally! Two weeks ago Kimberley hosted the Columbia Basin Trust Symposium with over 400 delegates, who were treated to an address at the Kimberley Conference Centre from Colonel Chris Hadfield and a downtown evening of arts and culture that had things bursting at the seams.
This event punctuates a great year in tourism that is not even over, with a 9% increase in Conference Centre overnight visits associated with conferencing over last year, 7,276 nights, representing over $1 million dollars in economic impact.
This squares with momentum in the broader tourism economy. 2016 was the best tourism year ever according to hotel room tax statistics and 2017 is on pace to be 8% higher. Trails are driving the increase with over 13,000 trails maps distributed by the Visitor Centre.
Similarly construction is firing on all cylinders. With $11M in construction 2016 was the busiest year since 2009; thus far in 2017 paid building permits have exceeded 2016, with $12M in value and 34 new dwellings up to October 13.
These results are reinforced by City activities to promote a healthy business environment. 2017 was the first year ever with 0% increase in business class taxes.