Haida Enterprise Corporation

September 02, 2011 11:30 ET

Haida Enterprise Corporation (HaiCo) Expands Its Tourism Enterprise With the Acquisition of West Coast Resorts

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 2, 2011) - HAICO has successfully concluded negotiations with West Coast Resorts (WCR) and has become the controlling interest. The objective of HaiCo is to provide businesses that create career opportunities and a better life on Haida Gwaii within a framework of a diverse and sustainable economy.

"We see the West Coast Resorts as a great asset" says Thomas Olsen, Managing Director of HaiCo. "It has an established presence as a premium brand in the west coast fishing and recreational experience. The company has a competent group of great people and a loyal established following of guests. West Coast Resorts has become an important part of the island economy in employment and contributions to youth and health programs, through this venture, there will be many benefits realized on Haida Gwaii.

"West Coast Resorts began operations in 1995, opening its first lodge in Milbanke Sound. Now, with five resorts dotted along the west coast of BC and Haida Gwaii, WCR offers world class, once-in-a-lifetime fishing experiences to people from all over the globe."

"This investment by HaiCo is the logical progression of West Coast Resort's longstanding relationship with the Haida," said WCR Manager George Cuthbert. "Over the years our guests have come to value our relationship with the Haida, Gitga-at, Heiltsuk and the Kyuquot/Checleseht people and have returned to our resorts repeatedly to renew their friendships."

"West Coast Resorts has been the cutting edge in fishing adventure and the company has long seen the value of the relationships with the people whose territories the company does business in," said Cuthbert. "This investment by HaiCo formalizes our partnership and strengthens our ties to the communities on the coast. It will allow us to offer truly unique experiences to our longtime guests."

"Our people have devoted many years to protecting the West Coast of Haida Gwaii, one of the more majestic parts of the world," says Guujaaw, President of the Haida Nation. "To design the balance in looking after our lands and our culture with an economy that will improve the condition of our people, we have to be involved in every economic sector affecting Haida Gwaii. We know that respectful use of our lands by the recreational visitor will be a part of our future."

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  • HaiCo
    Thomas Olsen

    West Coast Resorts
    George Cuthbert