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Cy­press County to open Wel­come Cen­tre

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Cy­press County will be keep­ing the doors open at the now for­mer Walsh Vis­i­tors In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre un­der a new name start­ing in May.

The Cy­press County Wel­come Cen­tre will be opened af­ter the prov­ince de­cided in early 2020 not to op­er­ate the Vis­i­tors In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre in the small bor­der ham­let.

The cen­tre at­tracts 20,000 vis­i­tors a year from May to Septem­ber.

“That’s a lot of peo­ple com­ing through and a lot of peo­ple we can make an im­pact on to hope­fully get them to go down to Elk­wa­ter or go to Irvine or use one of the camp­grounds in the county (and) use it to pro­mote what we have in our com­mu­nity,” said Tracey Popick, Cy­press County’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions co-or­di­na­tor.

Lo­cals or vis­i­tors can go to the cen­tre to learn a lit­tle bit of the his­tory about Cy­press County, added Popick.

The county will be pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance to lo­cal busi­nesses want­ing to ad­ver­tise in the cen­tre with cre­at­ing so­cial me­dia pages and ac­counts.

Let­ters have been sent out to busi­nesses that have per­mits in the county.

“It’s a place they can ad­ver­tise their busi­ness,” she said. Popick said Cy­press County wants to do some­thing for the re­gion.

“There are some amaz­ing hid­den gems in the county and in the re­gion in gen­eral,” said Popick. “We want to give those

peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to be seen by more vis­i­tors.”

The county is look­ing for pam­phlets, leaflets, posters and ar­ti­sans’ artwork to dis­play or to sell in the cen­tre.

“When peo­ple come across the bor­der, there’s not a lot in Saskatchew­an, when they’re com­ing this way,” she said.

“I don’t think there’s a vis­i­tor cen­tre for a while. It’s the first place they’ve stopped in a while and it gives them an op­por­tu­nity to di­vert off the high­way im­me­di­ately ver­sus the next vis­i­tors cen­tre would be in Medicine Hat.”

The Wel­come Cen­tre will be open from May to Septem­ber on a one-year lease.

A Cy­press County Wel­come Cen­tre Face­book and In­sta­gram ac­count have been cre­ated.

In­ter­ested busi­nesses or ar­ti­sans can con­tact Popick at 403526-2888 or tracey.popick@cy­press.ab.ca for more in­for­ma­tion.

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