VANCOUVER, Nov. 3 /CNW/ - Accommodation for more than 6,000 people needed to stage the 2010 Winter Games in British Columbia's Sea to Sky region has been secured by the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). The accommodation solutions range from a cruise ship to billeted rooms in private homes between North Vancouver and Pemberton.
"This is an important milestone for the Organizing Committee to reach and frees up any remaining accommodation inventory for visitors with approximately 100 days to go before the start of the Games," said Jacqui Murdoch, VANOC's vice president of services and accommodation. "It's an economic generator for the community and it's a goal we couldn't have reached without the amazing support of residents in the region who volunteered to open their homes to people from around the world and to community leaders who helped support our other accommodation solutions.
"In particular, we're thankful for the support of the District of Squamish, the Resort Municipality of Whistler and Tourism Whistler," she added. "The Sea to Sky community is playing a huge role in our ability to stage spectacular Games here in 2010."
The accommodation will house volunteers, VANOC staff and contractors from outside the region coming to work at Games' venues, including The Whistler Sliding Centre, Whistler Olympic Park/Whistler Paralympic Park and Whistler Creekside, starting in January and continuing until the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games end in late March.
Workforce Accommodation in the Corridor:
- The Homestay Volunteer Program, launched by VANOC in February 2009,
is providing more than 590 beds during the Olympic Winter Games. The
beds will be provided by 390 host families who are already preparing
their homes to take in Games-time volunteers. More than 290 beds
secured through the program will also house volunteers during the
Paralympic Games. Applications will continue to be accepted from
additional host families in Whistler until Games time.
- VANOC has chartered a cruise ship to house 1,100 people dockside in
Squamish from late January through to the end of March. The same
ship was used in a similar capacity during the 15th Asian Games Doha
- Quest University in Squamish will house 500 people in February and
more than 100 people in March.
- Approximately 2,000 workforce members will stay in hotel rooms and
condos in Whistler during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
- More than 300 workforce members will stay in hotel rooms in Squamish
- An estimated 1,200 workforce members will stay in a separate zone in
the Paralympic Village Whistler in March, along with athletes and
officials, during the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.
- Three modular temporary housing units will be placed on the property
at 4500 Northlands Blvd. in Whistler. The three units will provide
268 beds for use between January and March. The Whistler Games
Service Centre will be located at this site. Along with housing
workforce, this location will be used as a uniform and accreditation
centre, the homestay reception centre for Whistler and a workforce
dining area. VANOC recently received a temporary commercial use
permit from the Resort Municipality of Whistler for the Whistler
Games Service Centre and related housing.
Earlier this year, VANOC secured the 3,000 rooms needed in the Whistler area during the Games for members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), broadcast rights holders, accredited print reporters and photographers, sponsors, National Olympic Committee members, and International Sport Federation members.
Visitor and spectator accommodation information for Games-time visits to Whistler can be accessed at www.whistler.com. For information on Metro Vancouver visits see www.2010destinationplanner.com.
VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Visit www.vancouver2010.com.
SOURCE VANCOUVER ORGANIZING COMMITTEE FOR THE 2010 OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES
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