In the 1980s the Whistler Question began posing a question to three to six people and publishing their responses under “Whistler’s Answers” (not to be confused with the Whistler Answer). Each week, we’ll be sharing one question and the answers given back in 1982. Please note, all names/answers/occupations/neighbourhoods represent information given to the Question at the time of publishing and do not necessarily reflect the person today.
Some context for this week’s question: The Delta Mountain Inn (today the Hilton) opened in Whistler on July 23, 1982. It was the first “big” hotel built in the Whistler Village and opened during financially unstable times, both in the resort and nationally. Find out more about the Delta here.
Question: How do you think the opening of Delta Mountain Inn will affect Whistler?
Lance Fletcher – Co-owner of Stoney’s Fitzsimmons Building
I think it will be terrific. It will open things up for us. Initially it may hurt our business a bit, but ultimately it will be terrific.
It will provide convention facilities Whistler doesn’t have now.
Having a quality, full-service hotel is bound to attract business for the entire valley.
Keith Inkster – Manager Blackcomb Lodge – Blackcomb Lodge
It will enhance the image of the community through its professional approach to service, national marketing and skilled management.
The formal training and strict staff guidelines might well require an adjustment to the laid-back approach taken by most other hospitality industry staff at Whistler.
But all the professionalism will not make up for the friendliness and honest hospitality which is part of Whistler now.
Don Beverley – Public Servant – Alpine Meadows
It’s definitely good for Whistler and the surrounding area. While Delta is promoting their hotel, they’re promoting our area at the same time.
I can’t see how it can be a bad thing. Delta will be one more employer helping relieve unemployment lines.