Archive for February, 2012
Ottawa, February 23, 2012 – The Government of British Columbia’s decision to eliminate the provincial jet fuel tax for international flights will promote travel and help make B.C.’s tourism industry more competitive on the global stage, according to the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC).
"The elimination of provincial fuel taxes on international flights is a welcomed first step towards reducing the high cost of aviation in Canada," said David Goldstein, President and CEO of TIAC. "It sends a strong signal that British Columbia is open for business by helping its air carriers increase international flight frequencies and passenger capacity."
Today’s announcement will promote tourism growth and drive economic activity throughout B.C. and across the country, according to TIAC.
British Columbia serves as a critical international gateway and travel hub, particularly for visitors arriving to Canada from the United States, Asia and the Pacific Rim.
TIAC wishes to thank the B.C. Government, including Premier Christy Clark, Finance Minister Kevin Falcon and Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Blair Lekstrom for their leadership on this matter.
"British Columbia has set the bar very high for other jurisdictions," said Goldstein. "We urge other governments across the country to follow B.C.’s lead to reduce Canada’s aviation cost structure
Penticton, B.C. – (Feb. 16, 2012) – Okanagan Hockey School maintains its commitment to becoming a primary tenant in a prospective dormitory development to house its students who are now billeted in homes.
OHS had entered into a non-binding term sheet to become a tenant if the company – Okanagan Elite Hockey Association (OEHA) – had been successful in building a dormitory on land currently owned by the City of Penticton adjacent to the South Okanagan Events Centre.
OHS is not connected with the ownership or operation of Okanagan Elite Hockey Association and does not plan to enter into any future agreements with the organization.
With the expiry of that deal, OHS continues to be open to discussions with a developer who will purchase land and build and appropriate dormitory facility that could provide housing for its academy and hockey school students
“This is an addition to our business that will ensure the long-term sustainability of OHS in Penticton while providing affordable, secure, safe and comfortable housing for our students who are mainly from outside the area,” says OHS president Andy Oakes.
Okanagan Hockey School has been operating with the highest professional standards for the past 50 years. Its Okanagan Hockey Academy offers high school education and hockey training for up to 120 male and female students at a time. Students attend Penticton Senior Secondary through a partnership arrangement with the Penticton School District 67. The company’s operations are located in the South Okanagan Events Centre where students receive their hockey training.