A Vancouver Island resident is now in the Cariboo-Chilcotin working to support tourism operators nearly one year following last summer’s wildfires.
Joshua Chafe settled into his role as Emergency Program Manager for the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism (CCCTA) association a month ago.
“It is a brand new role-essentially something that’s never been done before. Essentially what I’m here for is to work with tourism operators all over the Central Coast, the Cariboo, and the Chilcotin to help them be better prepared for emergencies in the future be it wildfires again, flooding, all the way down to data losses and computer crashes,” he says.
“More comprehensive emergency planning historically has been the domain of larger companies and governments whereas we’re mostly working with the smaller operators that we’re seeing in the region so under 10 staff.”
Within his time Chafe has so far has worked with operators close to Williams Lake and 100 Mile House and has spoken with a dozen different operators at Bella Coola.
“ All in all the operators are quite confident about their businesses but they would like to be better prepared for issues in the future especially in regards to road closures, tourists and guests not being able to get in or out.”
Before arriving in Williams Lake where he is based with the CCCTA, Chafe says he was unaware of the sheer volume of local mountain biking trails.
“It’s a playground out here,” he says.
Chafe who has experience working in international tourism and emergency planning will be working as the CCCTA’s Emergency Program Manager until the end of January 2019. He is currently seeking 3 summer students to work with him.