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GOVERNMENTS OF CANADA AND NOVA SCOTIA SUPPORT RICHMOND COUNTY TOURISM STRATEGY
April 14, 2014 St. Peter’s, NS Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation
The Government of Canada is investing $2,233,769 toward the implementation of the Richmond County Tourism Strategy through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund. The Province of Nova Scotia is also investing $100,000 towards the development of a comprehensive implementation plan for the Strategy. The Tourism Strategy will focus on strengthening Richmond County’s tourism potential.
- The Richmond County Tourism Strategy is a phased project involving the development of various sites in Richmond County. Initial funding will go towards the engineering/design and consultation costs. Phase 2 of the project, which is the infrastructure component, will proceed once the normal due diligence has taken place.
- The Tourism Strategy has identified Richmond County’s potential to offer various coastal experiences to visitors, centred on its scores of coves, inlets and harbours. The area is already well-known as a sailing and recreation area.
- The Tourism Strategy’s initiatives focus on infrastructure development to support the following brands:
- St. Peter’s Canal - “Where the Ocean Meets the Inland Sea”, Isle Madame - “Isle of 100 Coves” and Water Trails - “Cape Breton Blueways”.
- The total cost of the proposed developments is estimated to be $6,700,000.
- Tourism continues to be one of the fastest growing sectors in the world and is an important economic generator for Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island.
- Tourism contributes an estimated $250 million annually to the Cape Breton economy, employing more than 3,400 people.
“Our Government recognizes the importance of a sustainable tourism industry to building strong, healthy communities. Our support for the Richmond County Tourism Strategy will generate new opportunities and economic benefits for the entire region by building on the communities’ strengths and increasing their potential as tourism destinations.”
The Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)
“The Richmond County Tourism Strategy sets a vision for creating a true tourism economy in this region and aligns well with the Ivany Commission and our very own provincial tourism strategy. When there is a strong vision, committed partners, and a solid plan of action, the Nova Scotia government is willing to get on board to help achieve success.”
The Honourable Michel P. Samson, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, Government of Nova Scotia
“Richmond County is pleased to partner with the Government of Canada on this significant economic development initiative. Tourism is key to our growth and our plan is to increase tourism capacity over the next five years to enable the creation of more accommodations and encourage additional tourism-related business start-ups.”
Steve Sampson, Warden of Richmond County
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of State
Atlantic Canada Opportunities
Chief Administrative Officer
Municipality of the County of Richmond
NS Economic and Rural Development and Tourism
902 222-1784 (cell)