Shape the tourism fu­ture in Guys­bor­ough

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The pub­lic is in­vited to come and shape the fu­ture of the tourism in­dus­try in Guys­bor­ough County at an all day work­shop be­ing held in Larry’s River Nov. 14.

“Any­one with an in­ter­est in how tourism evolves in our area is in­vited” Ann Marie Bagnall, chair of the group lead­ing the work­shop, said. “We are look­ing for ideas big and small.”

The group’s core com­mit­tee is made up of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of the Dis­trict of

Guys­bor­ough, the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of the Dis­trict of St. Mary’s, the Town of Mul­grave and the East­ern Strait Re­gional En­ter­prise Net­work (ESREN), as well as sev­eral other as­so­ci­a­tions and so­ci­eties.

This meet­ing is the first step to­wards the de­vel­op­ment of a tourism strat­egy.

“We’re still in the early stages and so now is a per­fect time to get in­put to shape the di­rec­tion we go in, for both the short and long term,” Nancy O’re­gan, ESREN board mem­ber said.

“This is just the first of many con­sul­ta­tions. We ex­pect to in­volve peo­ple at sev­eral points through­out the process,

“Ev­ery­one is a part of the tourism ex­pe­ri­ence for our vis­i­tors, an am­bas­sador if you like, so it’s im­por­tant that ev­ery­one is heard.”

The work­shop will be held at the Com­mu­ni­ties Along the Bay fa­cil­ity in Larry’s River, start­ing at 10 a.m. No. 14. It is ex­pected to wrap up at around 3 p.m.

Stephen Flem­ming, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Sher­brooke Vil­lage, will be lead­ing the group through a se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties that will, ul­ti­mately, pin­point tourism re­lated pri­or­i­ties for both the short and long term.

“We’ve been wel­com­ing vis­i­tors to these shores for cen­turies. The So­ciété is very happy to lend its ideas and sup­port to this ef­fort,” Jude Avery, pres­i­dent of la So­ciété des Aca­di­ens de la Ré­gion de Tor Baie - one of the mem­bers of the core com­mit­tee, said.

A lun­cheon will be served and in­ter­ested per­sons are asked to regis­ter for the work­shop by call­ing 902-867-3817 or by e-mail at mlud­low@esren.ca.

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