Friday April 18, 2014

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The George and jobs



There has been a lot of discussion about job creation regarding the George Hotel and what this project would mean for job creation. Some individuals have stated that the jobs created would be of little value to the town. I strongly disagree. In fact, construction jobs and professional jobs resulting from this project would be significant and should not be undervalued.

The 130 hotel operation jobs are not meaningless low-paying jobs. Many of these would be career-building opportunities in accounting, administration, hotel and restaurant management, tourism services, health and wellness and culinary arts. The size and scope of the marine hotel will bring events to our community that otherwise would not come to Gibsons — such as large weddings, conferences, professional retreats and family gatherings to name a few.

The economic spinoffs present real opportunities not just for employees of The George, but for many local businesses including photographers, artists, event planners, hair stylists, water-taxi and float plane operators, restaurant workers, and shop merchants — real sustainable jobs for families, which is the catalyst for a vibrant and healthy community.

Our current “Owners Rendezvous” annual event is hosted at Poet’s Cove Resort on Pender Island currently because there is no facility on the Coast to host the over 100 customers, their families and their boats for a two to three night stay. We host catered dinner parties and breakfast seminars during this event. If held at The George, many attendees would explore Gibsons and the shops and restaurants in town. I am sure there are many other businesses and associations on the coast that would also promote The George for professional gatherings like ours.

Jeff Rhodes

President, Coastal Craft Boats



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