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GOVERNMENT OF CANADA SUPPORTS TOURISM INFRASTRUCTURE IN ST. ANTHONY

 

May 24, 2008 - St. Anthony, Newfoundland and Labrador

The St. Anthony Basin Resources Inc. (SABRI) will enhance
tourism infrastructure in the area thanks to an investment
by the Government of Canada. The improvements identified
in a Tourism Master Plan for the region will enhance
economic capacity in the area.

Funding of more than $546,000 was announced today by the
Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans,
on behalf of the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of
National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada
Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

“Through this ACOA investment, our government is
supporting a project that will enhance tourism
infrastructure in the St. Anthony area and help attract
more visitors to the Northern Peninsula,” said Minister
Hearn. “The Government of Canada is strengthening its
partnerships in the community, expanding economic
opportunities and helping to grow the tourism industry in
Newfoundland and Labrador.”

The project includes key initiatives such as:
upgrading and replacing the existing cruise docking
facilities at L'Anse aux Meadows, as well as the
establishment of a new tour bus turn-around at the site;
developing a walking access to the French Oven Site at
Quirpoon; developing integrated tourism signage and
regional marketing activities to complement the activities
of the Western Newfoundland and Labrador Destination
Marketing Organization; and constructing three portable
kiosks which can be transported to festivals and activities
in the region throughout the season.

Government of Canada funding of $546,500 was provided for
this project through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund
(ICF), which focuses on investments that lead to long-term
employment and economic capacity building in rural
communities.

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The Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and
Oceans, today announced an investment of almost $550,000 to
enhance tourism infrastructure in the St. Anthony area.
The St. Anthony Basin Resources Inc. will implement tourism
infrastructure improvements in several communities as
identified in a Tourism Master Plan for the region.

ACOA funding was provided for this project through
Innovative Communities Fund which focuses on investments
that lead to long-term employment and economic capacity
building in rural communities.

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INFORMATION:

Doug Burgess
Director, Public Affairs
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
709.772.2935