New County Tourism Strat­egy in the works

The Victoria Standard - - Local News - ANDREW BROOKS

Build­ing on the suc­cess of two record tourist sea­sons, Vic­to­ria County is forg­ing ahead with a new three-year tourism strat­egy. Ear­lier this year, the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity con­tracted Group ATN Con­sult­ing Inc. to lead a se­ries of pub­lic ses­sions to gather in­put about the fu­ture of tourism in the County.

Tom Wil­son, Di­rec­tor of Recre­ation & Tourism for Vic­to­ria County is pleased with the progress so far but stresses things are still in the early stages of plan­ning. Sev­eral ma­jor tourism part­ners and stake­hold­ers have been in­ter­viewed by the con­sul­tant, in­clud­ing Wagmatcook Cul­ture & Her­itage Cen­tre, NS High­land Vil­lage, Des­ti­na­tion Cape Bre­ton, Parks Canada, Cape Bre­ton Cen­tre of Craft & De­sign, Celtic Colours, TIANS and Tourism NS.

Con­sul­tant Stephen Coyle also held com­mu­nity meet­ings in Bad­deck, Iona, In­go­nish and In­dian Brook. Meet­ings in Bay St. Lawrence and Boularderie were can­celed due to bad weather but will hope­fully oc­cur in the next two weeks.

Though a meet­ing on im­prov­ing win­ter tourism drew a full room just weeks ear­lier in the same space, the tourism meet­ing in Bad­deck had fewer than ten par­tic­i­pants. Cat La­may, Pres­i­dent, and Dick Grubb, Trea­surer, of the Bad­deck Area Busi­ness Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion (BABTA) were present but few other tourist op­er­a­tors at­tended.

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