Thanks for your input above. Just a few short comments as to where we are at this stage. Brian Hooker and I recently traveled to the Vancouver area, Squamish, and Whistler to meet with a number of hotels and tourism boards. We had previously advised the hotels and venues for the banquet we were interested in the week of Labor Day. Right before our travels a survey was produced to query members as to their preference on the dates of the Three Flags Classic. An overwhelming number of members preferred dates a week following Labor (Labour) Day. We then advised the hotels to provide us availability for the week after as well as the week of Labor Day.
When we arrived at each location we found availability for event space or hotel rooms would cost more the week after Labor Day rather than the week of Labor Day. Furthermore, two of the venues did not have event space during the week following Labor Day. The one spot that did have event space available would increase the room rates 30% the following week as that begins the "season." In the end, we were left with one venue that we were able to negotiate reasonable room rates and would rent us the banquet room and provide food for "reasonable" rates.
We hope to ink a deal with a venue soon.
Further, we are working on the route and I hope to have more information as well on that in the coming weeks.
I have started working on the Mexico hotel and hope to have information on that as well in the coming weeks.
Reuben, our beloved photographer has managed to secure several more photographers for our event... more on that later.
Things are coming together and we'll have more information for you as things progress.
At this moment we are negotiating with a hotel in Whistler, BC and are close to nailing down a deal. We should be able to determine if this is the location within a week, and I'll report as soon as we sign a contract and select the meal. This is an awesome location and the ride in is different than the ride out for most people. It is a stunning, hospitable, and scenic location. If we can make it happen I assure you, you will not be disappointed. At this point I'm sorry we will likely not be able to make the week after Labor Day happen, but it is a priority for next year. We've put a lot of effort and tie sorting out this location and I appreciate your understanding.
Please e-mail me or call me with any questions or suggestions.
Steven Shulman, 2020 TFC Chairman