Three Queens County based tourism operations have gotten a piece of the funding pie from the Southwest Nova Tourism Task Team.
The Southwest Nova Tourism Task Team is helping to build more innovative tourism experiences in southwestern Nova Scotia to attract more visitors, and encourage them to stay longer and enjoy all the exciting things to see and do throughout the region.
Task team chair and Yarmouth Mayor, Pam Mood announced that 28 new tourism projects will receive funding through an investment of $414,535, bolstering the number of outstanding experiences already on offer in the region.
“We are excited to announce funding for projects that will help us bring more visitors to the southwest region, especially those who enjoy outdoor, culinary and cultural activities,” said Mayor Mood. “As outlined in the provincial tourism strategy, these visitors are more likely to stay longer and spend more on their vacation. We want them to enjoy great, memorable experiences throughout the region that they will share with friends and family.”
The task team investment will contribute to an estimated total investment of more than $1.3 million from tourism operators, who are developing new or existing projects in the region.
The Queens County operators and projects are:
Queens County Museum
"Liverpool Packet" Privateer Exhibit: Engaging interpretive exhibit showcasing Privateer history.
Acadia First Nation
Spruce Roots to Canoe Routes: Mi'kmaq interpretive program within Kejimkujik National Park offering unique and authentic experiences.
Liverpool Adventure outfitters Ltd.
Adventure Tours: Expanded offering of tours including day, weekend, multi-day, coastal paddling and group tours.
The successful bids were selected through a competitive process designed to support projects with a demonstrated ability to bring new and repeat visitors to southwest Nova Scotia, encourage them to travel throughout the area, and inspire them to stay longer and spend more. Each of the projects will deliver first-hand experiences that promote Nova Scotia cuisine, culture, or outdoor adventures.
The Southwest Nova Tourism Task Team was struck by the provincial government in May 2013 in response to recommendations from the Report of the Expert Panel on a Yarmouth-US Ferry. With a provincial investment of $1 million, the team is working to enhance the tourism experience in southwestern Nova Scotia and market the region to ensure the ferry’s success.
With the remaining funding, the task team will turn its attention to opportunities to market the region and the exceptional products and experiences on offer for visitors.