Saturday April 4th marks the start of a fun-filled month of activities for the entire family. Salt Spring will burst with a variety of events including studio tours & art shows, garden tours, Earth Day Celebrations, the Annual Japanese Garden Society’s Blossom Festival and culinary treats with wine tasting and shopping at the island’s famous Saturday Market. Many of the activities are free!
Destination BC took top honours at the 14th Annual International Tourism Film, Print and Multimedia competition, known as The Golden City Gate, at the ITB Travel Trade Show in Berlin. Nominated in the International Region category, the province’s new brand video The Wild Within won first prize. The Wild Within video was the result of months of research and development that lead to a refreshed tourism brand for British Columbia, injecting deeper meaning and emotional power into the Super, Natural British Columbia® tagline that has served the province well over the last 30 years.
The Salt Spring Chamber of Commerce is excited to be launching a new Shop Local initiative for Salt Spring Island. According to Chamber President Li Read “Shopping locally is a way to sustain our entire local economy. Spending dollars in one store allows that owner to spend dollars at his/her chosen locations, which allows other people to benefit by being hired for specific jobs. It’s a trickle down effect and it works.” Our members have the opportunity to participate in this great initiative that will support their businesses and create positive community spirit!
Salt Spring Island has done it again! We have been featured in another major publication as one of the 15 Places to Visit in 2015! Included in the WestJet Magazine article are some amazing tropical destination, beautiful islands and great city destinations from around the globe. What they have to say about us: “Craving an inspirational island getaway? Trust us, a trip to Salt Spring Island delivers.”
The Salt Spring Chamber and Tourism Salt Spring, working with local government and community groups, are “leading the charge” in green tourism by working with B & B owners to install Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations. Capital Regional District (CRD) director, Wayne Macintyre, will provide $250 grants to the first five B&B owners to install a Level II charging station. The majority of EVs are driven by Pacific northwest residents of California, Oregon and Washington and BC and we invite them to come and get a “charge” on Salt Spring!
Who makes the local economies “hum” on the Gulf Island and puts out the Welcome Mat to visitors from around the world? Your local Chambers of Commerce, that’s who! Chamber members represent businesses from all sectors and from small home-based businesses to larger companies who operate here and provide goods and services to residents. As non-profit volunteer organizations, we work together to support each other as a business co-op with the philosophy that the “whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts”.
Now is a Great Time to Join the Salt Spring Island Chamber of Commerce! Become a member of Salt Spring’s non-profit business co-op which has been here since 1948! This offer includes: member discounts, your profile on the Chamber member directory, a profile on Salt Spring Tourism website, access to member benefits and referrals from the Chamber’s Business Resource and Referral Centre and Visitor Information Centre, member mixers and events. Take part in our new Shop Local Program and join today!