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Mountain biking symposium comes to Sooke in May

As of March 1st, mountain biking enthusiasts will be able to register for the BC Mountain Bike Tourism Symposium held here in Sooke on May 26 - 28, 2013.

This two-day event will be held at the Prestige Oceanfront Resort, and will attract people from throughout the province.

“At the last symposium in 2008 we had about 100 delegates,” says Martin Littlejohn, the Executive Director of Western Canada Mountain Bike Tourism Association. “We are hoping for about 150 to 200 delegates for the Sooke symposium.”

According to their press release, the symposium will offer knowledgeable speakers and interactive panels of experts discussing key issues, networking opportunities with stakeholders from around the province, plus a variety of social events, and announcements and updates on new initiatives.

There will also be a pre-symposium Trail Development Workshop, May 25-26, featuring expertise from International Mountain Bicycling Association Canada.

The symposium will focus on the development of trails, including how to build, fund and sustain them. The symposium will also focus on how to market the destination.

“How we want to build onto B.C.’s brand, position ourselves and present the wide range of experiences that are available here. It’s a good opportunity for people to share resources, knowledge and build bridges,” says Littlejohn

“We are really looking forward to having this in Sooke, and we hope to enjoy some of the local culture that exists there. We’re hoping to leave a bit of a legacy behind for the community especially in terms of creating relationships among the various stake holders, to see it grow and flourish.”

To register or to find out more details visit www.mtbtourismsymposium.ca.

 

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