Osoyoos is the latest community to sign an agreement under the B.C. Resort Municipality Initiative with the Province, allowing it to share a portion of hotel room tax to invest in local resort-oriented projects that promote the local wine industry and support a greener, healthier environment, Community Services Minister Ida Chong announced.

“This agreement will give Osoyoos the tools it needs to attract more visitors and entice them to stay longer,” said Chong. “Through this program we’re helping create vibrant, sustainable resort-based communities across B.C., which in turn, provide tourism options, jobs and economic development opportunities.”

Under the agreement, it is estimated that Osoyoos and area will receive $1 million over five years. The funding is expected to help in the preparation and implementation of a five-year multi-use trail system plan to attract greater pedestrian traffic, the implementation of a strategy for affordable tourism employee housing, and the creation of public art program to help attract foot traffic to tour art projects. The funding will also support an energy efficient airport shuttle initiative and aid in the selection of a beach cleaner based on green technology.

A complete copy of the Press Release can be found here.