Some travelers’ needs have become more complicated than they were in the past. Many travelers like to get away, but want the connectivity and convenience of Internet and phone usage. People want to shop, see beautiful scenery, and have modern, comfortable accommodations. Whistler delivers art, culture, and several annual festivals and parades, including an LGBTQ Pride parade, Film Festival, Wanderlust Yoga Festival, and a beer festival, among others.
What innovations does Whistler Tourism provide for connected travelers?
Whistler is a connected resort. One of the legacies of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games was the installation of 286 kilometers (170 miles) of fibre optic cable from Vancouver to Whistler, which has resulted in improved telephone, television and digital services in Whistler. Fibre optic cable throughout the RMOW allows the instant transmission of high definition signals to any location at any time.
What role does technology play in your philosophy and accommodation of travelers?
We recognize that our travelers, while “unplugging” from their day-to-day life, also need to stay connected while in Whistler. There are a number of places that you can find a WiFi connection in the Village, including hotels, restaurants and even on the mountains.
What’s the goal for Whistler Tourism in 2015?
Whistler is Canada’s premier year-round resort destination, drawing guests from all over the world. Our guests travel here in search of the ultimate vacation at a truly iconic Canadian destination, and we will continue to strive to exceed our guests’ expectations. We are coming off of back-to-back record-breaking seasons, experiencing our busiest winter on record in 2013/14 and the busiest summer on record in 2014.