Encana Events Centre management firm taking over Tourism Dawson Creek contract

The Alaska Highway Mile Zero marker outside the Dawson Creek Art Gallery. Photo by Tourism Dawson Creek

DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — The City of Dawson Creek announced today that it has signed a new 5-year contract with Spectra by Comcast Spectacor to operate Tourism Dawson Creek.

The contract will see Spectra, which also runs the Encana Events Centre, take over Tourism Dawson Creek operations that includes the Alaska Highway House and the Visitor Information Centre. The Encana Events Centre’s General Manager Ryan MacIvor is no stranger to the organization, having worked at Tourism Dawson Creek from 2001 to 2006.

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MacIvor said that Spectra is focusing over the short term on ensuring a smooth transition, especially with the upcoming summer tourist season. He explained that Visitor Centre’s senior manager and lone employee Joyce Lee is retiring in the near future, and that Spectra and Lee will be helping to get the Centre’s new employee up to speed on operations.

“We want to make sure the visitor season is flawless,” said MacIvor. “That the doors are open, that we have all the brochures, all the trinkets about the Mile Zero in Dawson Creek, and make sure that when people do come to Dawson Creek and the Peace Region that we can deliver on the promises of: what to do, where to go, how to get there, how to stay longer, where to eat, all that stuff.”

Spectra took over the contract on December 31st from the Northern BC Tourism Association. The management contract for Tourism Dawson Creek between the City of Dawson Creek and Spectra by Comcast Spectacor runs through 2023.

“This is an amazing opportunity for our community as we have a company that has exceeded all of our expectations over the last ten years while managing the Encana Events Centre,” said Dale Bumstead, Mayor of Dawson Creek. “The Spectra staff including General Manager, Ryan MacIvor, understand and work in tourism. We expect the opportunities for Dawson Creek and the South Peace region will flourish under this new contract.”

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