2018-08-01

Lunenburg waterfront receives major funds; no specific project identified

by Charles Mandel

  • <p>File photo</p><p>Lunenburg waterfront.</p>

The Nova Scotia government announced millions of dollars in funding for tourism sites - including for the Lunenburg waterfront - on July 25. But while the funding is attached to particular locations, no specific projects have yet been designated.

Alex Handley, a spokesperson with Tourism Nova Scotia, said that it's too early to say what the money would be used for and that the "next step is to start reaching out to strategic partners."

She told LighthouseNOW that the funds will be used to help improve visitor access and experiences, among other things.

The Lunenburg waterfront is receiving $750,000 under the province's new Tourism Revitalization of Icons Program for "significant tourism infrastructure projects." The province has committed $6 million over three years.

Other sites receiving funding include Peggy's Cove ($2-million), the Halifax waterfront ($1.5 million), the Cabot Trail ($1 million, and the Bay of Fundy, including Annapolis Royal ($750,000).

N.S. Business Minister Geoff MacLellan made the announcement.

"These iconic tourism sites attract travellers from around the world and it's important we do all that we can to ensure they have exceptional experiences once they are here," MacLellan said in a news release.

"These investments will create more opportunities for private sector tourism operators and help keep our sector growing."

The program will be administered by Tourism Nova Scotia, the Crown corporation responsible for marketing the province and maximizing the value of tourism to the provincial economy.

Tourism Nova Scotia will quickly begin working with partners to identify the best plan for each icon site.

Additional program partners and projects will be announced once confirmed.

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