Every­one busy plan­ning for up­com­ing tourism sea­son

Cape Breton Post - - Our Community - Ann Marie Yorke Ann Marie Yorke’s col­umn ap­pears ev­ery two weeks in the Cape Bre­ton Post and she can be con­tacted by email at an­n­mariey­orke@hot­mail.com.

This is a busy time for all tourism as­so­ci­a­tions around the is­land, with the plan­ning for the up­com­ing sea­son. Mary Tulle, CEO of Des­ti­na­tion Cape Bre­ton As­so­ci­a­tion, will lead the team from the Cape Bre­ton tourism in­dus­try as it at­tends the Saltscapes Travel Expo in Hal­i­fax, with the in­ten­tion of cap­tur­ing the at­ten­tion of At­lantic Canada’s vis­i­tors. Plans are un­der­way to make our pres­ence big­ger and bet­ter than ever, high­light­ing the very best of what Cape Bre­ton Is­land has to of­fer the vis­i­tor. An in­vi­ta­tion has been sent out to all those in the tourism in­dus­try to join in part­ner­ing with Des­ti­na­tion Cape Bre­ton As­so­ci­a­tion to make Cape Bre­ton Is­land stand out as the num­ber one des­ti­na­tion to visit this sea­son.

Twelve thou­sand peo­ple at­tended the Saltscapes Expo last year, check­ing out what the At­lantic Prov­inces tourism in­dus­try was of­fer­ing, and they were not dis­ap­pointed as the tourism op­er­a­tors from all four prov­inces were do­ing their ut­most to draw their share of the tourism dol­lar. Des­ti­na­tion Cape Bre­ton As­so­ci­a­tion gath­ered an ex­cel­lent mix of our tourism op­er­a­tors from the crafts in­dus­try, to ac­com­mo­da­tion and re­sorts and the golf in­dus­try, to the culi­nary field, to our ma­jor parks and his­toric sites, high­light­ing their prod­ucts for the vis­i­tor’s en­joy­ment. This year the in­dus­try in­tends to be there with even a larger pres­ence in or­der to hold our place as a num­ber one tourism des­ti­na­tion. The date for this year’s Saltscapes Expo is April 30 to May 2. For more in­for­ma­tion on be­com­ing a part­ner, call 1902-563-4636 for in­for­ma­tion.

On Feb. 21, the Fortress of Louis­bourg As­so­ci­a­tion will bring the Fortress of Louis­bourg to the fore­front, as it at­tends the Brides 2010 bridal show in Hal­i­fax. Pro­gram man­ager San­dra MacDon­ald will join Parks Canada’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives Linda Kennedy and Lester Marc­hand, along with chef Sara of Sara’s Sim­ply De­li­cious, as they ex­tend an in­vi­ta­tion to cou­ples to come and share their most trea­sured mo­ments of a life­time at the Fortress of Louis­bourg. Cou­ples will be in­formed of the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence the el­e­gance and ro­mance of 18th Cen­tury France, while fam­ily and friends will de­light in the ma­jes­tic set­ting as they fol­low the happy cou­ple in the cel­e­bra­tion of mar­riage, from the shar­ing of vows to the en­joy­ment of their wed­ding feast. The Fortress of Louis­bourg makes the per­fect wed­ding des­ti­na­tion on the Cape Bre­ton Her­itage Coast.

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