Anxiety high among businesses as Olympics get closer 

VANOC to hold ‘Game Plan’ this month to answer questions


Page 3 of 4

"I would say that there's a lack of information out there," said Tony Horn, owner of Slope Side Supply. "I have no idea how often, let's say, 18 wheelers can come to Slope Side or what time they're going to come. So how can I plan? I just don't know."

He knows it will be more difficult to deliver goods in secure zones, such as the area at the Telus Whistler Conference Centre, which will be the official media centre during the Games. And he knows that most of his big supply deliveries from the city will happen between midnight and 6 a.m. But it's hard to develop a plan, complete with staffing requirements, with critical pieces of the puzzle still missing.

Horn, however, doesn't believe he has the added worry of business being down during the Games. It'll just be a little more challenging.

"If I'm as busy as we normally are in February, I'm going to be happy," said Horn. "I know that there's probably going to be more headaches to doing those same kind of numbers like security, we might have to work at night... but those are just things that we'll just adapt to."

Olympic organizers released the first phase of the Games transportation plan in March this year. Eighty per cent of what traffic will look like during the Games has been made public, said Maureen Douglas, director of operations communications for the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC).

The second phase of that plan will be rolled out in September. She acknowledges businesses like Slope Side will be impacted by deliveries to secure zones and that's why organizers are continuing to meet with businesses in those areas to hammer out details.

"Businesses that are right on the perimeter of a venue, we need to work with them so they fully understand the operating condition and we can work together to mitigate any particular challenges or concerns that happen around security requirements that exist right at a venue," said Douglas.

Leading organizations in Whistler, and Olympic organizers, have been trying to answer the questions from businesses. The Chamber of Commerce, the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Tourism Whistler (TW), Whistler Blackcomb and VANOC recognize the need to disseminate information so that businesses can plan.

They cannot predict, however, just how soft the season will be in January or how much people will spend during the Games. But the information from past Games is there for the taking.

The president of the Chamber of Commerce, Fiona Famulak, said there is no excuse for business owners to feel uninformed. The information is out there; it's up to each individual business owner to access it and use it accordingly to make their plans.

Readers also liked…

Latest in Whistler

More by Alison Taylor

© 1994-2019 Pique Publishing Inc., Glacier Community Media

- Website powered by Foundation