Over $65,000 an­nounced for tourism ini­tia­tives

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The White Wolf Snow­mo­bile Club and En­core Com­mu­nity Arts As­so­ci­a­tion are on the re­ceiv­ing end of com­bined fund­ing from the provin­cial and fed­eral gov­ern­ments to­talling over $65,000.

The White Wolf Snow­mo­bile Club is re­ceiv­ing $30,000 from the At­lantic Canada Op­por­tu­ni­ties Agency (ACOA) In­no­va­tive Com­mu­ni­ties Fund to en­hance its win­ter tourism in­fra­struc­ture. The project will in­clude en­gag­ing a qual­i­fied con­trac­tor to re­place one of the club’s sup­port fa­cil­i­ties that is crit­i­cal to the day to day func­tion­ing of the club, while also ad­dress­ing safety con­cerns for fa­cil­ity users. The provin­cial gov­ern­ment is con­tribut­ing $14,756 to­wards this project.

A $15,531 in­vest­ment from ACOA’s Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram and $5,107 from the provin­cial gov­ern­ment will help the En­core Com­mu­nity Arts As­so­ci­a­tion im­ple­ment its youth her­itage the­atre ini­tia­tive. The project will en­able the as­so­ci­a­tion to ac­quire equip­ment, un­der­take mar­ket­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and en­gage pro­fes­sional ser­vices to sup­port its 70-minute her­itage the­atre per­for­mances. The the­atre pro­duc­tion in­cludes vis­ual, mu­si­cal and other sen­sory ef­fects to recre­ate the early his­tory of Labrador West.

It is thought that the two ini­tia­tives in Labrador West will im­prove tourism in­fra­struc­ture, strengthen tourism of­fer­ings and at­tract more vis­i­tors to the re­gion.

“By sup­port­ing and strength­en­ing com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions like the White Wolf Snow­mo­bile Club and En­core Com­mu­nity Arts As­so­ci­a­tion, the provin­cial gov­ern­ment is help­ing to en­hance vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence of­fer­ings in Labrador West, while in­creas­ing the over­all eco­nomic ben­e­fit to the re­gion,” Tourism, Cul­ture, In­dus­try and In­no­va­tion Min­is­ter Christo­pher Mitchel­more said in a press re­lease.

Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs and En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter and MHA for Labrador West Gra­ham Letto noted the im­por­tance of the com­mu­nity groups in terms of tourism and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in the district.

“Our En­core group will high­light the cul­ture and his­tory of Labrador West, keep­ing it alive and ed­u­cat­ing our youth while the White Wolf Snow­mo­bile Club opens up the door world­wide for our tourism de­vel­op­ment through Cain’s Quest Snow­mo­bile En­durance Race and our world class snow­mo­bile trails,” he was quoted as say­ing in the re­lease.

Labrador MP Yvonne Jones noted that Labrador at­tracts tourists from all over the world be­cause of its nat­u­ral beauty, rich his­tory and unique cul­ture. She noted that sup­port for com­mu­nity groups such as these plays a key role in tourism growth for the ben­e­fit of vis­i­tors, res­i­dents and lo­cal busi­nesses.

In­no­va­tion, Sci­ence and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment and Min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for ACOA Navdeep Bains said, “Tourism is an im­por­tant in­dus­try in At­lantic Canada that of­fers a tremen­dous op­por­tu­nity for fur­ther eco­nomic growth. That is why we are pleased to sup­port these valu­able projects in Labrador West that will help in­crease tourism ca­pac­ity, pro­mote the re­gion’s cul­ture and his­tory and ben­e­fit the lo­cal econ­omy.”

SUB­MIT­TED

Mu­nic­i­pal, provin­cial and fed­eral rep­re­sen­ta­tives were on hand for a fund­ing an­nounce­ment in Labrador West on Nov. 17.

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