Kamloops hotels and motels face staffing challenges amid growing occupancy | Radio NL

As the height of the tourist season approaches, the Kamloops Accommodation Association is eagerly awaiting what is to come.

With events slowly returning after two years of restrictions, KAA President Angela Tasker said it was a good sign for hotels and motels in the area.

“I think it looks good, we always have a little thing on our mind since COVID wiped us out before, but it looks very positive, we see sport coming back, tourists coming back, plus from that, the lectures started back which is great.

She says the rise in hotel occupancy is good news after the stress of the pandemic.

“It’s important for us because we have a bit of recovery so we have some time to catch up here. We had a few years where there was a lot of debt (which) happened in some hotels, so hopefully this is the start of something that will continue because we have to come back for sure.

When asked if there was a concern about the lack of hotel-motel space in Kamloops, Tasker suggests there could be concern over a long weekend like August.

“Generally and historically weekends have been in high demand for the town and I think the Powwow is coming back this weekend as well which is super exciting so it would be very busy so there is availability in the city ​​on different dates, so we don’t. I want people to think ‘Kamloops is full and don’t come’ because we absolutely still have room, we have a lot of hotels and a decent amount of inventory.

However, she says the Gray Line now has enough “qualified staff” to help accommodate the growing number of guests in the area.

“There are definitely struggles around that in the hospitality industry, we’ve lost people during COVID because so many people have been laid off and found different passions, so we’re working pretty hard on that right now. moment.”

She adds that work is underway to improve communication with emergency services during the fire season.

“We are working in the background at this point, the job being to not work with ESS and to have a better communication tool that works with our industry and our emergency services so that we are very agile and that we can work very quickly to get them.”