International developer recruited to refurbish hot springs

Takhini Hot Springs Limited has struck a partnership deal with an international resort-development group.

Takhini Hot Springs Limited has struck a partnership deal with an international resort-development group.

“The development of this group is spearheaded by Zane Bouvette who is the president of the lands division of Sotheby’s International Realty Canada,” Barbara Bergmann, Takhini Hot Springs Ltd. board chair, said in a release.

“Collectively they have developed resorts all over the world.

“Takhini Hot Springs Limited is very pleased to have a partner with the ability to improve the Takhini Hot Springs property.

“This partnership has all the resources and expertise the resort community concept.”

The new Takhini Hot Springs development will spur future growth of Yukon’s tourism industry and will be a key feature of the community, according to the release.

The plan is to develop the property into a resort and community.

A resort because the site will be made up of a variety of privately owned vacation units that, when not in use by the owner, will be available to the resort for use by tourists.

A community because this resort model is commonly found in leisure-oriented resorts, like ski hills, and will bring together a group of people who will come to know each other through shared living experiences.

“The Takhini Hot Springs Resort is what the world’s largest demographic is seeking, a naturally therapeutic experience in an awe-inspiring, yet relaxing community,” said Bouvette in the release.

“Coupled next to the extraordinary Yukon Wildlife Preserve and the almost endless summer light and winter northern lights, the hot springs resort will offer an amazingly beautiful and rare experience that may not be able to be duplicated anywhere else in the world.”

The next step will be talking to First Nations and key stakeholders, like the hot springs’ neighbours and tourism operators.

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