NNSL Photo/Graphic

Canadian North

Home page text size buttonsbigger textsmall textText size Email this articleE-mail this page

Broadcast from Inuvik
Entertainment Tonight Canada visits town, showcases region

Danielle Sachs
Northern News Services
Published Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012

A whirlwind 24-hour tour of Inuvik by Buffalo Airways' Mikey McBryan and Entertainment Tonight Canada host Erin Cebula came to an end Saturday afternoon.

NNSL photo/graphic

James Day demonstrates endurance as Kyle Kuptana, left, and Donald Kuptana hold on at Ingamo Hall on Saturday. - Danielle Sachs/NNSL photo

The crew was in town filming for a two-day segment on the evening entertainment news broadcast that promotes the new season of Ice Pilots NWT, but Judith Venaas, a tourism development officer in Inuvik, is hoping the focus on the NWT also showcases some of what the Beaufort Delta Region has to offer.

"They told us it would be airing on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the Wednesday segment focusing on the NWT," said Venaas. "I think they felt they got some really great footage."

The trip was organized by NWT Tourism and the GNWT Film Commission, said Venaas. The group was treated to a Northern games demonstration at Ingamo Hall, where the public was invited to come join in the fun. With limited hours of daylight for filming, the demonstration was held inside. While McBryan said the games weren't new to him, Cebula decided to try out some of the endurance games.

Venaas is hoping this exposure will help boost winter tourism in the area.

"The more exposure we can get about our region and what we have to offer the better," she said. "Together, with the Town of Inuvik, we're working with hotels to offer a winter package."

The Yukon and the NWT are in a similar situation, where each territory has primarily been seen as a summer destination, said the tourism development officer.

"There are a lot of people that come here in the summer that say they want to come back and see what the winter is like, but they want to know they'll be taken care of."

It's key that providers work to offer packages making sure that tourists have what they want. A visitor doesn't necessarily know where to get food or rent a car and Venaas is hoping current initiatives will help people work on packaging.

"We held a tourism packaging workshop and while we didn't come away with a package it got the ideas flowing," she said.

E-mailWe welcome your opinions. Click here to e-mail a letter to the editor.