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“They are accurate and there
is nothing more important to us right now than an accurate forecast,” said
Recently at the World Cup
freestyle event on Cypress Mountain the forecasters were able to predict a much
needed break in the soggy weather.
“They nailed it to a tee
about when the fog would turn into snow, and when the snow would turn into blue
sky, and that is how they got the aerial (qualifier) off,” said Gayda.
Overall, VANOC and
Whistler-Blackcomb considered the World Cup event a success.
Rempel, a self-designated
one-man research team during the Cup, said guests, athletes, officials, media
and staff were all excited by the event.
“I asked lots of coaches and
racers and officials and the press and it just kept coming back that, wow,
people are friendly here,” said Rempel, adding that the media coverage reached
millions of people in Europe – a market that Whistler has missed as it has not
hosted a World Cup since 1995.
“This was a significant media
opportunity for Whistler in Europe, having not hosted World Cup for some time,”
“We reached millions of
people in Europe with a really great Whistler and British Columbia message
about what a great place this is.”
And the media was not just
focused on the event, said Rempel. Many asked about the plans for the
Peak-to-Peak Gondola and other Whistler related stories.
“What we need to do is take
advantage of these media opportunities to tell the world about how great this
place is and how great British Columbia is for tourism,” he said.
“We want to hold the Games
and host the world here, but at the end of the day the Games is the greatest
opportunity to promote tourism in British Columbia that we will ever, ever
This week also saw the first
of two visits this year by the International Olympic Committee’s Coordination
Commission to Vancouver and Whistler.
While in town the Commission
will see the physical progress made on venues, meet with provincial
politicians, and undertake an in-depth review of VANOC’s sport, marketing and
media services planning to date.
IOC president Jacques Rogge
also spoke at the Vancouver Board of Trade’s luncheon Wednesday.