A group that includes representatives of most of Whistler's largest hotels has banded together "to serve as an advocate and voice for the interest(s) of the hotel industry in Whistler."
Leaders of the Hotel Association of Whistler (HAW) announced the group's formation in a statement issued on Monday (Jan. 4), but the group has actually been a branch of the B.C. Hotel Association (BCHA) since Oct. 14, 2009.
As of Monday, HAW's 18 members included the Four Seasons Resort Whistler, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, the Westin, the Hilton, Pan Pacific Mountainside and Whistler Village Centre and the Delta Whistler Village Suites. In total, HAW members have 3,273 hotel rooms. The group's first chair is Mark Herron, general manager of the Four Seasons Whistler Resort, and the administrator is Sabine Bell.
Membership is limited to the general managers of Whistler-based hotels that are members of the BCHA and have 24-hour front desks and daily housekeeping. New members are welcome, the group said in a statement.
"The Hotel Association of Whistler looks to serve as an advocate and voice for the interest of the hotel industry in Whistler while ensuring that the views of Whistler's hospitality industry are represented in a meaningful, coherent, and coordinated way to government and policy makers," the statement said.
"The Hotel Association will work together with Tourism Whistler, Whistler Blackcomb, the Chamber of Commerce and the Resort Municipality of Whistler to drive business into Whistler."
Members also include the Crystal Lodge, Best Western Listel, Blackcomb Lodge, Le Chamois, Lodging Ovations by Intrawest, Mountainside Lodge, Nita Lake Lodge, Pinnacle International Hotel, Coast Blackcomb Suites at Whistler, Sundial Boutique Hotel, Tantalus Lodge and the Whistler Village Inn and Suites.
For more information, please contact Herron at email@example.com or Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org