Fernie, British Columbia Canada (PressExposure) July 03, 2008 -- Island Lake Lodge welcomes the announcement of Bill Bennett as BCâs new Minister of Tourism. âMany people think of Bill Bennett as coming from a mining background but he grew up working in the tourism industry with over 20 years of experience.â says the GM of Island Lake Lodge Steve Kuijt. Kuijt went on to say âthe importance of tourism in a region with a long history of resource extraction is paramount. In order to thrive and continue to be sustainable our communities need to have a good balance of both to be strong in the long run.â
A longtime leader in East Kootenay eco-tourism, Island Lake Lodge is committed to working with local and provincial governments to preserve the environment and efforts to minimize energy use in daily operations. A cornerstone of the operating philosophy, Island Lake Lodge received a 4-Key rating in the Hotel Association of Canadaâs Green Key Program, and recently received the Energy and Environment Award of Excellence, also from the HAC. Key among these initiatives is the installation and operation of 2 micro-hydro stations to generate 100% of the Lodgeâs electrical needs. âWe are very proud of our efforts in creating a sustainable and eco-friendly operationâ says Kyle Hamilton, Building Services Manager, who was integral in reviewing the companyâs environmental practices. Island Lake Lodge is looking forward to working with the new Minister on furthering all types of tourism in the area.
For additional information on Island Lake Lodge and its environmental initiatives contact Steve Kuijt or visit http://www.islandlakeresorts.com