Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism (NKLT) has seen constant growth over the past seven years, thanks to the support of its members, accommodators, community, Columbia Basin Trust, and the Provincial Government. 2019 has us recognizing that we have outgrown our current operating space in the beautifully renovated Nelson and Area Chamber of Commerce Railtown building. With this realization, NKLT will be relocating this spring to a space that meets its needs at Nelson City Hall. NKLT will be sharing this space with Nelson District Arts Council (NDAC) who too has outgrown its space.
NKLT is excited to step into this new opportunity with NDAC and the City of Nelson. We welcome you to come visit, share your tourism stories, partner, and discuss innovative tourism ideas to continue sharing this spectacular region to like-minded visitors.
Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism (NKLT) is a nonprofit, board-governed, marketing engine that promotes six communities along Kootenay Lake (Nelson, Balfour, Ainsworth Hot Springs, Kaslo, Lardeau and Meadow Creek). We are a provincially mandated Destination Marketing Organization (DMO). We are funded primarily through the 2% hotel tax, that is kindly collected by all accommodators in the region. We also receive funding through Destination BC and our tourism memberships. Since our inception in 2009 we have been constantly growing and successfully attaining our strategic goals and objectives. Over the years we have grown to: employ two full-time staff and a variety of contractors; increased our media buys and number of marketing initiatives; increased our number of members; increased our budget annually (more than 100% increase over the past seven years); and, collaborated with municipalities, businesses, organizations, media, and other DMOs to increase our presence to potential visitors.
Dianna Ducs, Executive Director Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism