VANCOUVER — David MacKenzie, owner and general manager of Pemberton Valley Lodge, was elected president of the BC Hotel Association at the group's annual general meeting at the BC CONNECT Show Oct. 19, taking over from Ingrid Jarrett of Watermark Resort.
MacKenzie has owned and managed the Pemberton Valley Lodge since 2004. He has also been GM of the Adara Hotel in Whistler, area director for Bellstar Hotels & Resorts and area director, Sea to Sky for Atlific Hotels. He is no stranger to elected office, having served as municipal councillor for Pemberton from 2005-2008.
Jarrett, general manager and vice-president business development at Watermark Resort in Osoyoos, B.C., reflected on her two-year term as BCHA president at the AGM.
During her term, BCHA achieved a closer relationship with Destination BC, began a new partnership with Check In Canada and is dealing with important changes to the MRDT (Municipal Region District Taxation). “I am proud to be part of the team that introduced Check In Canada,” she said, adding that the new booking tool will save members money since customers book directly with the hotel, and it returns the customer relationship to the hotel.
Jarrett said she leaves her position with a mixture of emotions, relief that the responsibilities will coming to an end, but pride in her achievements.