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IndustryTourism14TuesdayMay62014ByMARIACHURCHAnewly-launchedcom-munitytourisminitiativeinDelinethatwillsoonseethecommunityshowingoffitscultureandnaturalbeautywillhopefullybecomeatrendset-terforremotetourismprojectsintheNorthsayitsbackers.DestinationDelineatour-ismpartnershipoftheDe-lineLandCorp.GreyGooseLodgeandBC-basedtourismconsultantsHotkeyMarketingGroup-withsupportfromtheGWNTdepartmentofIndus-tryTourismandInvestment-hasbeenintheworksforjustoverayearandwillbeginwel-comingtouriststhissummer.JackieFrederickpresidentofHotkeysaidDelineispio-neeringaNorthernintroductionofcommunitytourismthaten-couragesvisitorstoimmersethemselvesinaremoteculture.IbelievethatDelinewillbetheposterchildforwhatthesecommunitiescando.TheresnothingquitelikeitandDelineisdoingitwithalotofthoughtshesaid.Fredericksaidthetourismprojectisuniqueinthatitcameaboutafterextensiveconsulta-tionwiththepeopleofDelinewhostipulatedtherewouldhaveDestinationDelineaposterchildforcommunitytourismtobeminimalimpacttotheirday-to-daylivesandthattheen-vironmentwouldbeprotected.Inordertoensurethosefun-damentalsaremetthetourismprogramwillonlyrunduringthesummerwithhand-pickedgroupsthatfollowastructuredschedule.ForonlyfourweeksayearwearegoingtoaskDelinetowelcomeoutsid-ersinandtojustwalkalong-sidethem.Theyarenotde-velopingaprogramforthemtheyarejustallowingpeopletocomeinandparticipateFredericksaid.Pickingtherightguestsisessentialshesaid.Oneofthegroupspre-selectedfortheDestinationDelinepackageisElderhostel-aninterna-tionalnot-for-protorgani-zationthatconnectsseniorswitheducationaltourismandtravelopportunities.ChiefandcouncilonboardDelineChiefLeonardKennytoldTheJournalthatthetourismbusinessissimplyanextensionofwelcomingvisitorssomethingthecom-munityhasalwaysenjoyed.Kennysaidafewyearsbackthecommunityhadasurprisevisitfromagroupofaround15canoeistsmakingtheirwayuptherivertoGreatBearLake.Withoutanypre-planningthepeopleofDelinethrewtogetherawelcomingpartycompletewithabarbecuedrumdanceandstorytellingtowelcomethevisitors.Itsfromthoseexperiencesthatwewantedtogetmoreinvolvedwithtourism.ItsnotanewideaKennysaid.Wealwaystalkabouteco-nomicdevelopmentinourcommunityandthereislotsofopportunityinourregionbutwearelookingforsome-thingthatisgoingtosustainusinthelong-term.Tourismisanobviousonehesaid.ITIhappywithtourismpushAndyShortregionalsuper-intendentwithITIinNormanWellssaidtheprojectisexcitingfortheregionwhichhasbeenpigeonholedinrecentyearsassolelyanoilandgasmecca.ThisisabrandnewthingintheentireNorthwestTer-ritoriesthatwearegettingtourisminanAboriginalcommunityhesaid.ShortsaidITIhasbeenpushingformoretourismin-dustryintheNorthforyearsbutitsuptoeachcommunitytomakeithappen.AccordingtoFrederickDestinationDelinecametogetherinrecordtimeforatourismprogrambecausethecommunityalreadyhadthenecessaryinfrastructureon-handwithGreyGooseLodgeaswellasthepristinenaturalenvironmentandapreservedculturalwayoflife.ThepeopleofDeline-thechiefcouncilandcommunity-theyjustwanttosharewhotheyareandwhattheydobuttheyreremotesotheydonthaveachancetosharetheirstorieswithmanypeople.Thisisagreatwayforthemto-inaverycontrolledenvironment-sharetheirstorieswithgroupsofpeoplethatareinterestedcuriousandwilldenitelyberespectful.Itsjustaperfectblendshesaid.PhotoPatKaneWomenlearntobeadinDelinelastyearoneofseveralactivitiestheremotecommunitywilloffertoteachtouriststhissummer.