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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT/TOURISM--Fundy Tourism Improvements
Visitors to the Fundy Shore and area residents will continue to
see tourism improvements in the region, thanks to a new funding
project announced today by the federal and provincial
Funding of $467,000 toward a total project cost of $700,000 is
being provided by the Canada/Nova Scotia COOPERATION Agreement on
Economic Diversification over three years. This funding builds on
a number of projects now under way along the Fundy Shore.
Senator Al Graham, Leader of the Government in the Senate, on
behalf of Fred Mifflin, Secretary of State for the Atlantic
Canada Opportunities Agency, and Manning MacDonald, Minister of
Economic Development and Tourism, are pleased to see these
projects move forward and say they will greatly boost tourism
along the Fundy Shore.
"Our efforts work to help ensure that tourists will come to the
Fundy Shore," said Charlie McCullouch, president of the Central
Nova Tourist Association. "We plan to build on our natural
heritage themes, improve interpretive signs and continue to work
with community groups interested in tourism improvement
The Central Nova Tourist Association is working with the
Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association, the
Colchester Regional Development Agency and the Hants Regional
Development Authority on these projects.
The funds will help communities build on the unique competitive
strengths of the Fundy Shore, such as the world's highest tides,
some significant fossil discoveries, wildlife viewing
opportunities and rugged coastal scenery. The program also
complements provincial efforts to develop tourism in the area,
such as the new Cape Chignecto Provincial Park and the new
visitor information centre near Amherst.
"These projects are proof that community-based initiatives work
for the province and, more importantly, for the local people,"
said Wilf Carter, executive director of the Cumberland Regional
Economic Development Association.
"We have already seen an increase in the number of tourists to
our area," said Mr. Carter. "The Cape d'Or lighthouse brought in
about 12,000 extra people to our region in the past year. Those
people bought our goods and services, which is what we need in
Project supporters expect attraction improvements to increase
tourism expenditures by as much as four per cent, generating some
$3 million in revenue and creating 40 full-time jobs annually.
The Canada/Nova Scotia COOPERATION Agreement on Economic
Diversification is managed by Atlantic Canada Opportunities
Agency and Enterprise Cape Breton Corp. on behalf of the federal
government and by Economic Development and Tourism on behalf of
Contact: Renee Field
Economic Development and Tourism
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
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