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Earlier this year, we embarked on a new project to engage both visitors and locals, with the combined goal of sharing details about all there is to experience in the region. As part of that strategy, we received a grant from Destination BC’s Innovation Funding program to develop a digital informational kiosk.
The kiosk acts as a mobile visitor information centre while ultimately promoting our Chamber members. With up to 18,000 visitors per day to Parksville and area, the opportunity exists to attract visitors to do more, spend more and stay longer. That, along with helping the local community to discover or perhaps rediscover all that our great region has to offer. The kiosk offers visitors information in an easy, accessible and innovative way and we are sure the kiosk will benefit our tourism industry members including attractions, restaurants, retail shops and accommodations. Travelers can check on highway conditions, festivals and events, weather conditions and view a local map.
‘The kiosk now makes its home in a high traffic area of Thrifty Foods, right near the customer service desk and we couldn’t be happier with the results’ says Kim Burden, Executive Director of the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce, we’ve been provided the opportunity to showcase our regional video and work with some great partners including: Thrifty Foods, Pacific Brimm Café & Catering, Sunrise Ridge Resort, Horne Lake Caves, North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, Lisa M., MacDonald Realty, Quality Resort Bayside, Parker McDonald – Royal LePage Parksville Qualicum Beach Realty, Tyler Cave Productions, bDigital Video, 5 Star Media Group and Geeks on the Beach’ Thank you to everyone who worked on this project and please, come by to check out the kiosk, it really does look like a giant iPhone!’

At the beginning of the video project we had a vision – we wanted the video to showcase our members and this beautiful region we call home. Our first thought was, the Chamber of Commerce has some valuable resources that we should be sharing with our members. Some of the ‘real estate’ includes a very popular Chamber website with a high return rate and useful business directory, the usual social media suspects such as Facebook with over a thousand followers, an in- house TV monitor in the Visitor Centre which sees 25 to 30,000 visitors annually, a direct communication with 430 Chamber members through our e-connect newsletter and of course our digital interactive kiosk….which really looks like a giant i-phone and contains valuable tourism and community related information for visitors and residents. We just had to package them up and figure out a way to deliver that value to our members.   Watch HERE.

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Guests were dressed to the nines for a special night out at the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce signature event, the 33rd annual Gala dinner and auction.  Over 225 guests participated in a very successful live auction, silent auction and games of chance, capping off the evening with dancing to the big band sounds of the ‘Oceanside Seven.’ 

The Parksville Community & Conference Centre was transformed nicely with a beautiful ‘Blue Moon’ theme. With 125+ silent auction packages to choose from, successful bidders left smiling with some amazing gifts generously donated by our Chamber members.  The master of ceremonies was none other than Dave Graham from The Beach 88.5.  It was a great opportunity to catch up with old friends or make some new ones.  The auctioneer for the live auction was Patrick Jiggins from the Arrowsmith Golf & Country Club and he had amazing live auction items to announce including: whale watching trips, sport fishing trips, Penticton Wine Tour with Accommodations, Hockey Weekend and accommodation packages from some of the island’s most luxurious resorts.

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