Slemon Park Hotel manager named tourism association president

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Kevin Mouflier has been in the industry for more than 31 years

SUMMERSIDE – Kevin Mouflier of the Slemon Park Hotel and Conference Centre has been elected president of the Tourism Association of Prince Edward Island.

Kevin Mouflier was recently elected as the president of the Tourism Association of Prince Edward Island. He is the general manager of the Slemon Park Hotel and Conference Centre. Submitted photo 

He’s come a long way since starting in the industry 31 years ago as a doorman in an Ontario hotel.

Mouflier is out of the province at a conference this week, however he said in a phone interview on Tuesday that he’s excited to take on a new leadership role in the association.

“Prince Edward Island, I’ve lived here for 13 years, and it’s a gem. Close to my heart. And I want to continue to work with people to continue to grow the numbers here and at the end of the day that’s what’s most important,” he said.

The coming new year also poses some unique challenges for the industry, and by extension for him, he added.

“It’s a big year for Prince Edward Island, with the 150th anniversary of Confederation. I think it’s key to market that as best we can to try and grow visitation.”

Mouflier sees a number of opportunities that the big 2014 celebration could bring to the Island, however, he’s not putting all his hopes in one big event – he’s hoping to continue to build on the Island’s tradition of strong hospitality values as a long-term strategy to grow the industry.

Mouflier is also a proponent of a program called World Host Certification, which was used extensively during the Vancouver Olympics. He plans to encourage as many of his colleagues in the hospitality industry as possible to become certified using this program.

In terms of challenges facing the industry as a whole, Mouflier sees the shrinking advertising budget as a big problem. He intends to push for tourism operators to take on a more active role in determining where marketing money is spent and even examining ways the industry can raise and spend its own promotional dollars.

The tourism industry has been largely stagnant on the Island for the past eight years, he said, so it’s going to take a lot of work, with all the players working together, to change things around.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge. It’s a very exciting year, with P.E.I. 2014. My number one goal is to grow visitations and work alongside operators to do so,” he said.

Joining Mouflier on the Tourism Association’s board of directors will be:

Elaine Thomson, Westmont Hospitality Group – past president

Robert Jourdain, Little York B & B – vice president

Tyson MacInnis, Cavendish Maples Cottages – treasurer

Zubair Siddiqi, Delta Prince Edward Hotel – secretary

Rachel Vidito, Great George Properties – member at large (appointed)

Robert Jay, Lanes Cottages/ River House Inn – member at large (appointed)

Don Cudmore, TIAPEI executive director – ex-officio

Elected as board members-at-large were Charlene Belsher, Steven Larkin, Judy MacDonald, Jeana MacIsaac, Corryn Morrissey, Kieran Keller and Mike Newman.

All elected positions are for a one year term and the board of directors is comprised of the seven elected members-at-large plus 24 regional and sector associations.

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  • Luce Klaver
    December 04, 2013 - 01:50

    Congratulations, Kevin! It's an honour and well deserved recognition of a conscientious and hard working man I have known since birth!