Letter: Arts and convention centre needed in Kamloops


A convention and performing-arts centre is a no brainer if this city wants to grow.

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Kamloops competes against other cities for everything from tourist dollars to conventions.

I moved to Kamloops in 2001 and have seen very little development to draw in both of those mentioned above.

The majority of cities our size or even smaller have larger convention space than we can offer.

Kamloops has historically been a one-day layover for those travelling and that needs to change to broaden our revenue base.

In an April 5 KTW article (‘Tourism Kamloops CEO pitches dual convention centre/arts centre’), Tourism Kamloops CEO Beverley DeSantis confirmed many events go to other cities.

Delaying developing a convention/performing-arts centre only puts our city further behind.

More tourist and convention dollars increases employment and adds to the city’s bottom line to support local programs.

Yes, tax dollars will be needed to help build the facilities, but the spinoff economically will be huge for many years to come.

These facilities will put us on the map.

It is a no-brainer to me.

Tony Gilbert

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