Har­bour Grace re­ceives fund­ing for tourism pro­ject

Just un­der $200,000 in­vested

The Compass - - News - BY CHRIS LEWIS chris.lewis@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Har­bour Grace is look­ing to in­crease the num­ber of vis­i­tors and gen­eral tourism to the area with the help of the At­lantic Canada Op­por­tu­ni­ties Agency.

On Fri­day af­ter­noon, Aug. 11, Ken Mc­Don­ald, Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Avalon, an­nounced a $150,000 in­vest­ment from ACOA’s in­no­va­tive com­mu­ni­ties fund for the town’s pro­ject. Along­side this, MHA Pam Parsons fol­lowed up with an an­nounce­ment for $37,000 in provin­cial fund­ing.

“To­day’s an­nounce­ment will as­sist the town of Har­bour Grace with de­vel­op­ing as­sets linked to tourism and in­crease eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties in the area,” said Chris Mitchel­more, min­is­ter of Tourism, Cul­ture, In­dus­try, and In­no­va­tion in a news re­lease. “Through part­ner­ships, our gov­ern­ment will con­tinue to sup­port the growth of the tourism in­dus­try and help achieve the provin­cial goal of $1.6 bil­lion an­nu­ally in res­i­dent and non-res­i­dent vis­i­tor spend­ing by 2020.”

The in­vest­ments an­nounced aim to aid the com­mu­nity with sev­eral projects to in­crease tourism. The ul­ti­mate goal is to make Har­bour Grace a more tourist-friendly des­ti­na­tion.

The an­nounce­ment, which took place in the town hall, saw the en­tirety of the Har­bour Grace coun­cil, in­clud­ing Mayor Terry Barnes, in at­ten­dance. Barnes was very pleased with the an­nounce­ment.

“Tourism is one of the top ways that we can in­crease our eco­nomic sta­bil­ity through out­side in­vest­ment,” said Barnes. “We look for­ward to part­ner­ing with ACOA and the provin­cial gov­ern­ment, and see­ing our town come to life through this pro­ject.”

As­pects of this pro­ject in­clude trail de­vel­op­ment, di­rec­tional sig­nage, in­ter­pre­ta­tive pan­els, aim­prove­ments to the down­town area of the com­mu­nity, web­site im­prove­ments, as well as a smart­phone app.

“Tourism sup­ports a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of jobs in com­mu­ni­ties across Canada, and the gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to pro­mot­ing in­creased tourism, as well as com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment in the re­gion,” said Mc­Don­ald. “It sup­ports our small busi­nesses, and cre­ates jobs in both ru­ral and ur­ban ar­eas, in­clud­ing here in Har­bour Grace.”

Mayor Terry Barnes said he looks for­ward to the ef­fects this pro­ject will have on the town.

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