Sidney, B.C.; Sidney Town Council has decided to initiate a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the future delivery of visitor and tourism services in Sidney. The decision was made at the May 24th Council Meeting as the fee for service agreement for visitor services with the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce expires on December 31, 2016.
Council recognizes that with the evolution of the Internet, the way people plan their vacations and the way tourism operators promote their business has changed considerably in recent years. The number of people using a physical, walk-in facility is consistently declining while online bookings and travel arrangements are increasing. As a result, Council decided it is time to explore the manner in which visitor and tourism services are coordinated and delivered in Sidney by putting out an RFP that will encourage organizations and individuals to bring forward new proposals.
Mayor Steve Price states; “Council greatly appreciates and recognizes the hard work of our local Chamber and the many volunteers in delivering visitor services over the years. We understand that it is a demanding, multifaceted job. Moving forward, we are looking for creative, non-traditional ideas to promote Sidney as a destination to the rest of the world and to draw visitors into the community. One of the priorities of Council’s Strategic Plan is, to develop a resilient economy. Enhanced tourism can contribute to this.”
The Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce has had an Operating and Management Agreement with the Town to run the Visitor Information Centre on Beacon Avenue since April 1st, 2010.
Once approved by Council, the Request for Proposals for Visitor and Tourism Services will be posted on the Town of Sidney website and will provide details on the submission process.
Media contact: Mayor Steve Price