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Further clarification is required in regard to the GST rebate program. Currently, there is no rebate program for individual travellers. While conference and tour operator travellers qualify for GST rebates, independent travellers do not qualify and the tourism industry's suggestion is that perhaps some of the money saved by not offering a rebate program to individual travellers could be earmarked for tourism marketing, as one solution.
As a tourism Mecca, Whistler is instrumental in raising awareness of industry-specific issues. We wouldn't be successful without the support of our membership. We recently asked our Members to submit letters to MP John Weston supporting our efforts to seek increased tourism funding and 63 Tourism Whistler Members responded.
I would like to thank Tourism Whistler's membership for their level of engagement and ongoing support as well as acknowledge our government partners, in particular Mr. Weston, for recognizing and supporting our efforts. Mr. Weston has been instrumental in assisting Tourism Whistler with past lobbying efforts and we look forward to this continued partnership.
Tourism Whistler President & CEO
Remembrance Day Thanks
Once again the Whistler community turned out in unbelievable numbers to the Whistler Cenotaph to demonstrate its appreciation and remembrance for Canada's fallen Armed Forces members.
Visiting Veterans and serving forces members were overwhelmed with the outpouring of affection and thanks. Some of the younger soldiers and airmen said they would be requesting the assignment to come to Whistler again for next year's service.
I want to thank the students and staff at Myrtle Philip Community School for their design and efforts with decorating the service crosses. Rotary, again, generously supplied hot coffee and cookies to the assembled and many, many others pitched in small ways and large to make this a very special day.
The Whistler Children's Chorus and the Whistler Singers provided a wonderful vocal presentation and never sounded so good.
Thank you Whistler.
A day to remember
I would like to thank everyone who attended Pemberton's Remembrance Service, it was wonderful to see so many people attend from the very young to the young-at-heart, each year the numbers attending seem to grow.
I would especially like to thank: Hannah Van Spronsen, who sang "O Canada," Ryan Zant, who sounded the Last Post and to Duncan Lowe, Piper, Dave Walden and the 1st Whistler Scouts and Beavers.
To everyone who marched, those who stood honour guard at the Cenotaph, Andy Meeker from Blackcomb Aviation and Mike Flynn who performed the fly past, to all of our membership who worked so diligently behind the scenes to ensure our service ran smoothly thank-you.
The day was cold and crisp and we were thrilled that so many from our communities were able to join us, not only to remember all those that have lost their lives in the service of their country, but also to join us in the Branch after the service to share stories and memories.