NS: Francophone tourism mission receives major funding

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Twelve francophone tourism operators and industry representatives from the Municipality of Argyle will participate in a tourism-centred business mission to the Magdalen Islands.

West Nova MP Greg Kerr and Argyle MLA Chris d'Entremont stand with some of the francophone tourism representatives participating in the mission.

[ARGYLE, NS] — Twelve francophone tourism operators and industry representatives from the Municipality of Argyle will participate in a tourism-centred business mission to the Magdalen Islands with funding from the federal and provincial governments.

West Nova MP Greg Kerr made the announcement Tuesday at the Wedgeport Sport Tuna Fishing Museum.

“Our government’s top priorities are economic growth, job creation and long-term prosperity,” he said. “Our support will enable these tourism operators to enrich their culinary, arts and culture offerings and create a more memorable experience for visitors to southwest Nova Scotia and to establish more sustainable operations year-round.”

An ACOA investment of $35,599 will enable the Municipality of Argyle to take 12 francophone tourism operators and industry representatives on a five-day best practices mission to the Magdalen islands, part of the Province of Quebec, commencing on Oct. 21.

While there, the participants will learn from their business peers best practices in experiential tourism centred around food, culture, sports and the fishing. The area was chosen because of its similarities with francophone communities in Nova Scotia and its proven success in providing year-round tourism opportunities.  

In addition to the ACOA investment, the Province of Nova Scotia through the Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism is also supporting the mission with an investment of $17,805.

“Tourism is an important economic driver in Nova Scotia, supporting more than 22,000 direct jobs throughout the province,” said Percy Paris, minister of economic and rural development and tourism. “Our operators know the importance of continued innovation to enhance the visitor experience, and make their businesses even more globally competitive. This project will provide Nova Scotia’s francophone tourism industry operators with a great opportunity to learn how they can continue to innovate while helping to grow Nova Scotia’s economy.”

"We believe that this mission has the potential to build more desirable tourism opportunities for visitors to our communities,” said Aldric d’Entremont, warden for the Municipality of Argyle.

“This area of Nova Scotia has much to offer visitors and we are looking forward to sharing our rich culture, heritage and cuisine with those from our region and abroad.”

Brenda LaGrandeur, community development officer for the Municipality of Argyle, is the Nova Scotia coordinator for the mission.

She says the group represents many sectors of tourism.

“We have a representative from the Argyle Farmers’ Market, the Trout Point Lodge, several museums, a touring company and more."

A few of the Magdalen Island highlights include: La Salicorne: masters at packaging and promotion, this resort has been in operation for more than 20 years; a meeting with representations of the Anglophone communities of the Iles Cami to learn about their linguistic and cultural challenges and realities being surrounded by French communities; Barbocheux; an artisanal wine producer; Fumoir d’Antan, (smoke house for herring with interpretation); a micro brewery “À l’abri de la tempête”; L’Atelier d’Art La Baraque – art gallery featuring sculptures using natural stone; Centre Culturel de Havre-Aubert, a theatre where a play showcasing the history of the Magdalen Islands has been playing for 16 years. 

Organizations: Wedgeport Sport Tuna Fishing Museum, Department of Economic and Rural Development, Trout Point Lodge

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Argyle, Magdalen Islands Province of Quebec

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