Cana­dian Bad­lands to ex­plore New­found­land tourism in­dus­try

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Terri Hux­ley The Drumheller Mail mailphoto by Terri Hux­ley

Come mid-O cto­ber t he Cana­dian B ad­lands B est Prac­tices Mis­sion to western and e astern Ne wfound­land will be un­der­way.

The s old-out, si x da y ad­ven­ture al­lows t ourism in­dus­try wor kers of an y s cale to le arn mor e a bout over - com­ing chal­lenges and find­ing and de­vel­op­ing a spe­cific niche.

“So r eally we just go and they pr es­ent and we a sk ques­tions – it ’s pr etty in ti­mate and in ter­ac­tive,” said Christo­pher McLel­lan.

Af­ter t he plumme t of t he cod fish­ing in­dus­try in New­found­land and L abrador 25 years ago, t he pr ovince f ocused heav­ily on tourism.

Now the prov­ince is one of the lead­ers in t he sec­tor af­ter cr eat­ing ne w ide as and ways of pr omo­tion which is now s ought af ter. B ecause of t his, Ne wfound­land w as cho­sen for t he t hird ann ual Best Prac­tices Mis­sion Trip.

“They wer e f ac­ing a h uge in­dus­try im­pact and job losses and we s ort of c om­pared it a bit t o t he slow­dow n in the oil and gas econ­omy here and how we ar e s o he avily de­pen­dant on that one ma­jor in­dus­try,” McLel­lan said. “So as a re­sult of that cod mora­to­rium out t here in Ne wfound­land, they re­ally turned to tourism and 25 years later they’ve done a tr emen­dous job of de velop­ing acr oss an en­tire prov­ince.”

The Mis­sion’s fo­cus will be on ex­pe­ri­en­tial tourism, and will in­clude pr es­en­ta­tions and tours by tourism or­gani- The World’s Largest Di­nosaur stands tall amidst the puffy clouds on Satur­day, May 13, 2017, in Drumheller, Alta. The World’s Largest Di­nosaur was built as a Mil­len­nium Project by the Drumheller & District Cham­ber of Com­merce and at­tracted 127,481 peo­ple last year. za­tions and a ward-win­ning busi­nesses, g uest sp eak­ers at meals, and e ven­ing en­ter­tain­ment.

“We meet with all dif­fer­ent kinds of f olks from dif­fer­ent kinds of t ourism prod­uct so this trip folks from the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dustr y a s we ll a s the a ttrac­tions in­dustr y and var­i­ous parks through­out so of c ourse t he na tional p ark and all t he pr ovin­cial p arks that ar et here,” c on­tin­ued McLel­lan. Par tic­i­pants will learn about r ural s olu­tions t o part­ner­ship de vel­op­ment of ac com­mo­da­tions, a ttrac­tions and c uli­nary off er­ings in themed r outes and trail s, and sust ain­able e vents. The sched­ule is de signed w ith some time f or inde pen­dent study of p ar­tic­i­pants’ p er­sonal le arn­ing obj ec­tives a s well.

“The e xchang­ing of ide as, I me an e ven when it c omes to t hink­ing a bout sig nage and r eally he ar­ing a bout how s ome­body ac tu­ally did in­stead of a t heory or ot her re­search, st udy or plan­ning . You can go and ac­tu­ally learn from the peo­ple who ac­tu­ally did it and he ar f rom t hem in t erms of wha t wor ked and wha t didn ’t wor k,” said McLel­lan.

Fly­ing in to t he c ap­i­tal of St. John’s, the group plans to visit t he Dis cov­ery Trail on the Bon­av­ista Penin­sula and the Vik­ing Trail in W es­tern New­found­land, in­clud­ing Gros Morne Na­tional Park.

“We’re happy it is a C ana­dian ex­am­ple this year,” said McLel­lan. “We are re­ally ex­cited to be able to give peo­ple t he opp or­tu­nity and we are hop­ing t o do one in t he fu­ture soon.”

The g roup w ill t ake t he knowl­edge they have learned from the east coast and share it at the an­nual con­fer­ence in Medicine Hat in March.

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