The city’s accommodation sector has remained stable in recent years.
“2018 was another positive year on average for our accommodation partners in the Kamloops Accommodation Association,” said Tyson Andrykew, the association’s president.
“We saw our average occupancy increase by nearly three per cent, resulting in total annual occupancy of just under 64 per cent for the market.
“Despite the challenges that large-scale projects like the Trans-Mountain expansion have run into that have impacted accommodation forecasts, we continue to see increases in our leisure and corporate markets.
Andrykew also notes the addition of a new hotel to the city, as Wingate by Wyndham began welcoming guests in April 2018.
“As we look forward to 2019 and beyond, our association anticipates that we’ll continue to see an increase in visitation and hotel stays, although there are some areas of concern,” he said. “The impact of the fire season for the previous two years is of the utmost concern, as we worry what the perception could become of the area if we continue to experience smoke-filled skies during the middle of the summer season.”
Andrykew also said work like the renovation and rebranding of what was Hotel 540 — now under the Delta banner — will push competition in the market.
“We look forward to the addition of this well-established brand to the Kamloops market,” he said.
“We hope it will raise the bar of all accommodations in Kamloops as we move forward.”