New County Tourism Strategy in the works
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.