Hosting BC Transfered to Community Partner

Author: BC Games Society/Wednesday, June 15, 2011/Categories: 2010 News

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2010 LEGACIES NOW TRANSFERS HOSTING BC WEBSITE TO COMMUNITY PARTNER
 
Vancouver, B.C. (June 15, 2010) – BC Games Society and Tourism BC, through the Ministry of
Tourism, Culture and the Arts, will oversee the Hosting BC website (www.HostingBC.ca), a
marketing website showcasing the readiness of B.C. communities to host sport events. As part of its strategic plan, 2010 Legacies Now is transferring programs such as the HostingBC.ca website to trusted partners to ensure communities continue to benefit from these investments as a legacy of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
 
Leading up to the 2010 Winter Games, Tourism BC, the Province of B.C. and 2010 Legacies Now were key partners in defining a vision for sport tourism in the province under the Hosting BC brand. As a result of the partnership’s outreach, close to 50 communities contributed information to HostingBC.ca. The website now has an inventory of more than 250 summer and winter sport facilities in B.C., including photo galleries, technical venue information, local support services and key contacts in each community.
 
“BC Games Society and Tourism BC are ideal partners to oversee the sport tourism information on each community,” said Bruce Dewar, CEO of 2010 Legacies Now. “Tourism BC has been involved with us for many years in developing a stronger sport tourism sector and brings a wealth of knowledge to the partnership. BC Games has a long history of staging sport events around the province and ensuring the communities are involved in a positive and proactive way.”
 
“The Province of B.C. is proud to continue its involvement in this comprehensive resource that
every community in B.C. can use to tell the world about their sport tourism expertise,” said Kevin
Krueger, B.C. Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts. “This is a legacy of the 2010 Winter
Games that will bring tangible results throughout the province for years to come.”
 
With its database of information, HostingBC.ca allows training and event organizers from around the world to search by sport, facility, resort or community to find suitable locations to host their event and/or training camps in the province. The interactive maps allow facility searches in all regions of British Columbia and provide value-added information such as proximity to the nearest airports. BC Games Society will maintain the website and its database as part of its new role in sport tourism.
 
“We are confident the Hosting BC website will continue to be an important marketing resource
for the province in helping to draw national and international sport events,” said Kelly Mann, CEO of the BC Games Society. “We are excited to bring our community connections to Hosting BC.”
 
“Every community has equal access to this valuable online B.C. sport facility inventory system,”
said Allison Longshore, Manager of Sales and Marketing, Tourism Abbotsford. “This makes it a
great one-stop shop for event-right holders searching for the ideal venue for their event in B.C.
Currently, we have listed 15 of our facilities suitable for sport events on HostingBC.ca.”
 
For the past 10 years, 2010 Legacies Now has worked with over 4,000 organizations and groups to see all B.C. communities discovering and creating lasting legacies leading up to 2010 and beyond.
 
To ensure the work 2010 Legacies Now achieved leading up to the 2010 Winter Games continues, it is strategically transferring many of its programs to partner organizations. Moving forward, 2010 Legacies Now will transition away from program delivery to focus on working with innovative non-profit organizations to achieve major social change in two areas: literacy and lifelong learning, and sport and healthy living. 2010 Legacies Now will work with these organizations to significantly improve and expand their social reach by providing funding, business planning, strategic advice, mentorship and other support.
 
 
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Media contacts:
 
Gordon Keast
Public Affairs Bureau
Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts
Gordon.Keast@gov.bc.ca
 
Kelly Mann
President and CEO
BC Games Society
250–356-8177 250–387-1375
kellym@bcgames.org
 
Karen Lee
Manager, Communications
2010 Legacies Now
778-331-8647
klee@2010LegaciesNow.com
 
About 2010 Legacies Now
2010 Legacies Now is the first organization of its kind that has taken an innovative approach to
leveraging the 2010 Winter Games. A not-for-profit society, 2010 Legacies Now works in
partnership with community organizations, non-government organizations, the private sector and all levels of government to assist communities in discovering and creating inclusive social and economic opportunities. More than two million British Columbians in 400 communities and
neighbourhoods have benefited from investments made by 2010 Legacies Now, and many of its
programs will endure beyond the Games.
 
About BC Games Society
The mission of the BC Games Society is to provide an opportunity for the development of athletes, coaches and officials in preparation for higher levels of competition in a multi-sport environment which promotes interest and participation in sport and sporting activities, individual achievement, and community development.

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