The Cowichan Valley Regional District have turned over all tourism-related services to the Cowichan Tourism Society as the two groups came to a five year agreements. The CVRD will provide the society with $120,000 annually for promoting the Cowichan Valley across Alberta, Washington, and across the province, including other parts of the Island.
Cowichan Tourism Society Chair Janet Docherty says plans are already in place for this year’s funding.
Docherty explains the agreement will also allow the society to pursue implementation of a hotel tax in the Cowichan Valley.
Docherty says they are striving to be very transparent with the community and encourages anyone with questions or interest to get in touch with them. They will also be hosting four town hall meetings in the near future to share more information with the public on their plans, goals and governance.

Because of the agreement, the Cowichan Tourism Society were also able to receive an additional 138 thousand dollars from Destination BC.