A study managed and compiledon behalf of Spectra Venue Management reports overall visitor spending at the Encana Events Centre to be just under $6.7 million - which contributed a total economic activity of $14.2 to the local economy.
“This report is a significant demonstration of how important the Event and Sport Tourism Strategy is for Dawson Creek, and shows how greatly it impacts the economy of the City and region as a whole,“ said Mayor Dale Bumstead.
The main objective of this year-long project was to not only determine the overall economic impact the Encana Events Centre has on the community of Dawson Creek by hosting various events throughout the year, but also included the impact from the overall operation of the venue. The visitor expenditures attributable to the economic impact were compiled through data collection both during and after events were held from guests and user groups.
“Spectra and the Encana Events Centre have proved themselves time and time again that this facility and the City of Dawson Creek can host local, national and international events and create a positive economic impact to the region,” added Spectra’s Dustin Bodnaryk, General Manager of the Encana Events Centre.
“The facility itself is a huge economic generator for businesses within Dawson Creek whether it be hosting meetings, banquets, special events, large concerts, or world class sporting events”.
It should be noted that in order to ascertain an accurate sampling of data which could then be used as a benchmark of a typical event year, the study reported the economic impact of the World Junior A Challenge separately. The full compliment of results can be found in the attached report.