(“B.C. wines focus of Okanagan Pride Festival event”, Calgary Herald, August 13, 2013)
Tourism can go a long way in providing color and life to even the humblest little town. The Calgary Herald reported on how the Vivas Las Pride Festival, an LGBT wine festival held last August 2013 in Kelawna, brought much needed business to the city by attracting tourists from all over the world. The festival was inspired by a similar event being held annually in Sonoma County, California.
With all the fun and festivities, attending such events often proves to be tiring; participants and tourists end up looking for lodgings after the event. If you’re one of those who are planning to attend the next festival-or to simply visit British Columbia anytime soon-why not stay at some of the hotels in Victoria, BC downtown, which provides high-quality accommodations? Parkside Hotel and Spa, for instance, offers certain amenities and services that are not standard in many hotels, such as a fitness center, a private theater, facial treatments, and massages.
For one, these services support hotels’ latent role of providing out-of-town guests with a glimpse of the best things in the locale. Secondly, most hotels are situated near tourist attractions; luring tourists with their exceptional accommodations is tantamount to helping the local tourist spots gain revenue.
The Vivas Las Pride Festival, for instance, is part of the “pride tourism” industry, which brings in millions of dollars of revenue to businesses across North America annually. The Pride Festival also contributes to the progress of BC’s wine industry; further proof of the economic impact of these events to the country. This stems from the fact that people simply love wine, and those staying at hotels in downtown Victoria are also known to favor wine delivery services.
Aside from Vivas Las Pride Festival, BC also hosts other festivals that warrant a stay in a nice, well-maintained hotel in the center of town. One of these is the Okanagan Wine Festival in October, which the Vivas organizers are also helping prepare. Both festivals are intended to mimic the success of the California wine festival that attracted more than 2,000 participants.
This gives tourists of British Columbia more than one reason to make early reservations for high-quality lodgings, while demand is still relatively low. Keep Parkside Hotel and Spa in your list if you plan to visit BC soon, and enjoy the great amenities and services they offer.