For the Lakeside Leader
CORRECTION June 12, 2018:: An earlier version of this story reported that LSLEA (Lesser Slave Lake Economic Alliance) had dissolved. This is incorrect. LSLEA is a registered society with members from across the Lesser Slave Lake region and continues as a society.
Big Lakes County appears to be ready to lead the charge to promote and develop tourism in the region.
“We can come up with our own plan for the region,” said reeve Ken Matthews at council’s May 23 meeting. “We have projects we could work on.”
Council’s discussion on the topic arose when council was asked to rescind an outdated M.D. policy on tourism. It stated that the M.D. should maintain its membership in and financial support of Big Lake Country Tourism, which has not existed for several years.
The county was also a member of LSLEA until 2015 when council decided to pull out. The county maintains its membership in the Peace Regional Economic Development Alliance.
A plan to boost tourism and campgrounds was set last December as a top priority for the Big Lakes Economic Development Authority for 2018. Under the plan, the county intends to create a tourism task force that would work with Tourism Alberta and Travel Alberta on a visitor assessment, run a tourism entrepreneur workshop and develop a tourism action plan.