Central Nova MP Sean Fraser has announced $116,000 in funding for the Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores (DEANS). A release form the federal government stated the aim of the funding is to bring together the broader tourism community along the Northumberland Shore and the Municipality of Guysborough as it aligns with the federal Growth Strategy for rural regions.
The funding is made through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) Innovative Communities Fund. The money will go towards, amongst other things, an audio-visual library, a brand-new regional tourism website complete with a mobile friendly app and online revenue generation capability, and a social media and self-escorted digital tour strategy along with an events strategy.
Fraser said the funding will help identify what new markets they can approach to further grow the province`s tourism strategy.
The tourism industry is getting ready for Antigonish to host the 2018 Special Olympics Canada National Summer Games
The event is expected to attract more than one thousand athletes; over 400 coaching staff, officials and mission staff; 600 volunteers and about five thousand spectators.
Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores says it’s organizing a series of information sessions over the next several months. Diane Farrell says on tonight at the Eastern-Strait Regional Enterprise Network Office on Main Street in Antigonish, it’s combining two sessions that were postponed over the winter because of storms.
The session will be from 6 to 9 this evening. To register, call (902) 870-9705
Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores honored its best in local tourism at a gala in New Glasgow last night.
Winners at the DEANS Awards Gala
The Rising Star Award recognizing a new tourism business or attraction established in the past five years is Norse Cove Camping, Cafe and Supply in Tangier.
The Marketing Award, for a business that has made a marketing impact on local tourism is Nova Scotia Spirit Company of Trenton.
The Chief Experience Opportunity Award for a business or attraction that has been stalward on regional tourism and culture is the Lost Shores Gran Fondo, an annual non-competitive cycling ride in Guysborough County.
The 2017 Tall Ships Festival in Pictou was named the Festival and Events Award winner. The Tall Ships Festival in the town attracted almost half a million dollars in visitor spending in the local community.
The Fleur Mainville Ambassador Award winner was the Kilted Chef, Alain Bosse while the Flavour Award for creating an experience for the visitor went to Tony’s Meats and Mr. Donair of Antigonish County.
The tourism industry wants to be ready for when Antigonish hosts the 2018 Special Olympics Canada National Summer Games from July 31st to August 4th.
The event is expected to attract more than 3,000 spectators, more than 1,000 athletes, over 400 coaching staff, officials and mission staff and about 600 volunteers.
Cindy MacKinnon of Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores says it’s organizing a series of information sessions over the next several months it calls, “Are We Ready”.
The sessions are open to local businesses and the general public, covering such topics as Be an Ambassador, Know Your Community and its Product, Aesthetics and Visual Identity and Know your Athletes and Learn about the event. To register your seat at these sessions, email email@example.com
The tourism marketing organization Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores honoured its best at an awards gala in New Glasgow last night. The Marketing Award, recognizing a business or attraction that has made an impact on local tourism was handed to Sober Island Brewing Company of Sheet Harbour. The Mike Bloomfield Rising Star Award winner was Peace by Chocolate of Antigonish.
The Flavour Award, to a food and beverage business that has made an impact on creating an experience for the visitor was presented to Antigonish restaurant Main Street Cafe. The Chief Experience Opportunity Award, recognizing leadership, achievement and community involvement in tourism and culture was the Northumberland Fisheries Museum in Pictou. Named as co-winners of the Festival and Events Award was Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre and Sherbrooke Village Old Fashioned Christmas. The Fleur Mainville Ambassador Award winner is the Director of Marketing and Communications with the Town of New Glasgow, Kimberly Dickson.
The Chairperson Award of Excellence recognizing a person or business that has an impact on the tourism industry was presented to Ann Emmett and Sobeys.