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Spirit program revamped

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The Whistler Chamber of Commerce has made some changes to its 2002-03 Spirit Program, including a $30 increase in the price of a pass.

But the unlimited Spirit Pass still beats the unlimited Early Bird Season Pass when it comes to savings.

Locals who are eligible for a Spirit Pass this year will pay $1,129, plus GST, plus an optional $40 for the refund policy, plus the $40 chamber training fee.

The total amount is $1290.83 and the passes will go on sale on Oct. 15.

This year those who are eligible can register online.

There will be no Spirit Day for returning pass holders due to renovations at the Whistler Conference Centre.

Instead Spirit Pass holders will spend about 5-10 minutes engaged in online training. The training will reinforce the key messages of customer service that are the backbone of the Spirit Pass.

The $40 chamber training fee will go as a credit to any training programs the chamber has to offer.

New employees to the program are still required to register and attend a four-hour training session before they are eligible for the pass.

Their $40 training fee will pay for this session.

In addition to a discounted unlimited season pass each pass holder will get a Whistler Spirit Passport that offers savings of more than $1,000 at local businesses.

Last year more than 100 companies offered discounts and other incentives.

The Spirit Program was introduced more than a decade ago.

Only those people whose employers are part of the Whistler Chamber of Commerce are eligible for a Spirit Pass.

Compared to an early bird season pass which comes in at $1,422.03 including everything ($1298 + $40 the refund policy + GST), the Spirit Pass works out to a saving of approximately $130.

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