Sport Tourism gets boost
A pilot project has been launched to support sport tourism and to measure its benefits in the region by Orford MNA Pierre Reid, the Memphremagog MRC and the Memphremagog CLD.
“For several years, the Memphremagog region has become a destination of choice to hold sporting events that unite thousands of elite athletes as well as amateur athletes, regardless of the season,” explained Mr. Reid during the press conference to announce the initiative. “In my opinion, it is a new tourism market created by people who appreciate the quality of life that our region inspires. It is up to us to welcome those tourists warmly and to make sure that those who have great adrenaline-fueled experiences return year after year.”
The Orford deputy, in the amount of $5000, is partnering with the MRC and the CLD to publish info-letters and to create a
calendar of events. These tools have two objectives: to show athletes who visit from outside the region all of the local attractions; and to offer to store, hotel and restaurant owners a calendar of competitions so they may plan in advance special promotions.
Furthermore, a committee to study sport tourism, with representatives of the CLD, the town of Magog and sporting event organizers, began a few months ago under the impetus of Mr. Reid. Questions regarding public security, the environment, emergency services, municipal services and signage on roads were discussed with the aim of making life easier for sporting event organizers.
The instigators of this initiative also highlighted the economic benefits generated by sporting events in this region. Tens of thousands of dollars are returned to the community in the form of financial aid for health care, school success and to support the underprivileged.
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Orford MNA Pierre Reid speaks at the launch of a pilot project to promote sport tourism in the region.
A little more than a year after the Memphremagog library relocated to its new locale on Saint David Street, business is booming. Between 2010 and 2012, the number of members has increased by 40% and book borrowing is up by 37%. Seen in the photo are (l. to r.): Nathalie Pelletier, municipal councillor; Magog mayor Vicki May Hamm; Eric Brown, a member of the
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