Visitors and people in resort municipalities will be able to enjoy more trail development, cultural events and infrastructure development, thanks to the Province’s increase of now stable funding to the Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI).
“B.C.’s tourism industry creates opportunities for people to see shows and pursue recreation right in their own backyards, as well as providing good-paying jobs and economic development,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. “We listened to industry feedback and have made changes that will better support communities in developing larger and more impactful tourism plans.”
The Resort Municipality Initiative funds projects that help B.C.’s 14 resort municipalities, including Revelstoke, develop tourism infrastructure and amenities to attract visitors year-round. In the past, the RMI was not part of the ministry’s core budget, making it difficult for resort municipalities to plan long-term projects. Now part of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture’s core budget, funding will be increased to $13 million in 2019-20 from an average of $10.5 million annually in previous years.
Last year, The City of Revelstoke distributed $290,000 in grants from the RMI fund. Recipients included the Farwell Splash Park Society, the Interior Forestry Museum, the Revelstoke Museum and Archives, and the Revelstoke Cycling Association.