Plans for a hotel at Kamloops Airport continue to be explored, with a request for proposals set to be sent out next year.
“There’s been some interest out here for that,” Kamloops Airport managing director Ed Ratuski said. “And we’re looking at the infrastructure associated with that, bringing that out there. It would be a really good asset. There has been some interest locally. We’re putting together a proper package for request for proposals that we’ll see in 2020.”
Ratuski said passengers from the Thompson, Nicola and Cariboo regions with early-morning flights out of Kamloops would benefit from a place to rest their heads.
“It would just make it a lot more convenient for them and plus there’s not that many hotel options on the North Shore, which is also a really good opportunity,” he said. “And it just so happens to border on a golf course, which is also another bonus.”
Ratuski said a hotel could be the catalyst for future commercial development, depending on interest from local developers.
In March, Mayor Ken Christian told KTW a hotel on land just north of Airport Road is a priority for the facility.
"We would have to have a private-sector developer that wanted to lease land to do that and that would be something that would tie in with the Kamloops Golf and Country Club," Christian said at the time, noting the hotel would service early-morning and late-evening flights.