Drumheller en­trepreneurs present at ru­ral tourism con­fer­ence

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

A Drumheller tourism en­tre­pre­neur was in the spot­light this week in Cam­rose.

The An­nual Grow­ing Ru­ral Tourism Con­fer­ence be­gan on Mon­day in Cam­rose. This year’s theme was “Bank on It.” It pro­vides work­shops, pre­sen­ta­tions, net­work­ing and a trade show.

Part of this year’s event is the En­tre­pre­neur Chal­lenge, and a made in Drumheller plan to erect a zip line in the Val­ley was one of the fi­nal­ists for the top prize

“Part of the con­fer­ence is the En­trepreneur­ship Chal­lenge, where 10 fi­nal­ists from across the prov­ince that presents to in­dus­try ex­pert’s. The top three win a year of men­tor­ing as well as a cash prize to get their busi­ness go­ing,” said Mark Fe­duk of Al­berta Cul­ture and Tourism.

While it didn’t place in the top 3, he felt the ex­er­cise was use­ful, as was the ex­po­sure at the con­fer­ence.

“If I wasn’t tapped on the shoul­der 200 times with peo­ple ask­ing me to tell them about it,” said Wolf who was wear­ing a zi­pline t-shirt. This ranged from other at­trac­tion oper­a­tors to book­ing agents and tour oper­a­tors and Travel Al­berta.

“I am go­ing to get so much ex­po­sure through th­ese net­works, so we are re­ally happy.”

Wolf has been work­ing on the pro­ject for some time and look­ing at a lo­ca­tion along the Wayne Road for the zip line. His plan is to use the pro­ject to sup­port other groups and at­trac­tions in the val­ley to help build the in­dus­try. He made his pre­sen­ta­tion at the con­fer­ence with Shel­ley Ry­mal and Karel Stro­jan.

While the pro­ject de­tails have not been com­pletely fi­nal­ized, he is hope­ful they will be able to break ground this spring. He sees this as a com­po­nent that could help Drumheller reach its po­ten­tial as an at­trac­tion.

“Ev­ery­one’s suc­cess will keep build­ing, and that suc­cess will trans­late to the next pro­ject,” he said. “We haven’t come close to met­ing our po­ten­tial.” Zeke Wolf wants to add a lit­tle zip to the val­ley with a zip line near the Wayne Road. Pro­po­nents pre­sented the pro­ject at a en­trepreneur­ship chal­lenge at a ru­ral tourism con­fer­ence in Cam­rose.

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