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Friday, May 6, 2022

Four Members of Tourism Whistler Board of Directors Elected by Acclamation at 2022 Annual General Meeting


   Whistler

Whistler, B.C. – Tourism Whistler held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) virtually on Thursday, May 5, 2022.

Four positions on the Tourism Whistler Board of Directors were up for election this year at the AGM, all of which were filled by acclamation.

In the category of Director at Large, the successful nominee was the incumbent, Murray Lowe, General Manager of the Westin Whistler Resort & Spa.

In the category of Multi-Managed Lodging - Village, the successful nominee was the incumbent, Doug Andrews, General Manager of The Listel Hotel Whistler.

In the category of Single-Managed Lodging – Large, the successful nominee was the incumbent, Norm Mastalir, Managing Director of The Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

In the category of Multi-Managed Lodging – Other, the successful nominee was Graeme Benn, General Manager of the Delta Whistler Village Suites by Marriott, who is new to the Tourism Whistler Board.

As well, in the vacant Appointed Whistler Blackcomb position, Rosalie Rougeot, Senior Director of Resort Marketing of Whistler Blackcomb, has been appointed.

“After facing two years of unprecedented challenges, it is a relief to be heading into the upcoming summer season with relatively ‘normal’ conditions,” said Saad Hasan, acting Chair of the Tourism Whistler Board of Directors, filling in for Norm Mastalir, Tourism Whistler’s Board Chair. “I would like to thank all of our Board members for their contributions over the past year. I am cautiously optimistic that the devastating impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic are behind us, and I know we are all looking forward to brighter, more buoyant days ahead. We are fortunate that Tourism Whistler has a Board that reflects a breadth of resort experience to ensure all member interests are well-represented as we continue to work towards business recovery.”

Tourism Whistler is governed by a 13-member Board of Directors—seven elected and six appointed, with 12 voting members and one Ex-Officio non-voting member.

On behalf of Tourism Whistler’s Members, the Board of Directors establishes the vision and mission, and approves the objectives, strategic priorities and budgets, ensuring the fulfillment of the organization’s mission and the association’s continued financial viability.

Tourism Whistler Board nominees do not have to be members of Tourism Whistler; however, they must be nominated by at least two members in good standing. All elected Directors serve a two-year term. The term served by the appointed Directors is determined by the organizations they represent.

The current Tourism Whistler Board of Directors is as follows:

Elected:
Single-Managed Lodging - Large: Norman Mastalir (Chair)
Single-Managed Lodging - Small: Saad Hasan
Multi-Managed Lodging - Other: Graeme Benn
Multi-Managed Lodging – Benchlands: Steve Seatle
Multi-Managed Lodging - Village: Doug Andrews
Director-at-Large: Murray Lowe
Commercial Director: Roger Soane

Appointed
Resort Municipality of Whistler:
Jack Crompton
Virginia Cullen

Whistler Blackcomb:
Geoff Buchheister
Rosalie Rougeot

Ex-Officio:
John Grills

Tourism Whistler:
President & CEO Barrett Fisher

Following the Election of Directors at the AGM, Tourism Whistler’s President & CEO, Barrett Fisher, gave a presentation where she provided an overview of Tourism Whistler’s efforts in 2021.

“Navigating the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on our industry has been incredibly difficult but guiding the destination through economic challenges is part of Tourism Whistler’s role,” said Fisher. “During these times of hardship, it is Tourism Whistler’s responsibility to analyze the threats as they arise and to identify the opportunities to drive the strongest possible results for the businesses and members we represent. While annual resort performance lagged significantly behind a typical year in 2021, we were still able to achieve some strong wins and business successes, including record room nights from the BC market, which were up 17 per cent from the previous record-setting 2020 summer season, and up 13 per cent from 2019, and achieving an average hotel occupancy of 40 per cent for October and November, surpassing fall 2020 by 14 points, and beating the 2019 fall season by 3 points.”

Tourism Whistler members can access information about the organization and all of its efforts, including a comprehensive 2021 Annual Report, on the Tourism Whistler member website at whistler.com/members.

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Tourism Whistler is the member-based marketing and sales organization representing Whistler, operating the Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler Golf Club, Whistler Visitor Centre, as well as 1.800.WHISTLER and whistler.com – Whistler’s official source for visitor information and booking. As the convention and visitors bureau for the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Tourism Whistler represents more than 8,000 members who own, manage and operate properties or businesses on Resort Lands including hotels, restaurants, activity operators and retail shops.

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Media Contact

Lauren Everest
Senior Manager, Corporate and Member Communications
Tourism Whistler
T: 604.938.2727
E: leverest@tourismwhistler.com

 

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