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April 29, 2000

VICTORIA The $1.1 million in spending during the 2000 BC Winter Games in Quesnel makes the Games the largest event ever hosted in the city, Ian Waddell, Minister of Small Business, Tourism and Culture announced today.

The BC Winter Games had a measured direct economic impact of $1.1 million during the three-day event in March. The economic impact study figure includes $784,000 spent by participants, spectators and volunteers, and $306,000 spent by the host organization, and the BC Games Society.

"Beyond developing young athletes and showcasing our communities, the economic benefits of the BC Winter Games clearly indicate the hard work by the board, volunteers and the city of Quesnel," said Waddell, who is also Minister Responsible for Sport. "Congratulations to everyone who helped make the Games such a great success."

Mayor Steve Wallace added, "We have a number of summer events which are a great boost to our local economy during the summer, but the Winter Games beat them all. This is especially significant, because we know many of the visitors now know what great hosts we are in Quesnel, and will visit again in the summer."

Spending per participant was up slightly from the last economic impact study for the Vernon Winter Games in 1992. "I am happy to see that the economic impact of the Games has remained strong, as we focus the Games on developing young athletes," said B.C. Games Society Co-chair Marion Lay.  "I think we will see spending climb as more and more supporters and parents start coming to the Games to see their children compete. The Games will be one of the most important competitions of their young lives."

The economic impact study was conducted by The Economic Planning Group of Canada, author of previous studies at several BC Games.

Lister Farrar, BC Games media relations: (250) 356-3012
Mayor Steve Wallace, City of Quesnel: (250) 992-2111
Paige MacFarlane, Communications Branch, 
Ministry of Small Business, Tourism and Culture:
(250) 953-4692

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