Province announces $500K for local tourism industry support
The hard-hit local tourism industry got a boost Monday with the announcement of more than $500,000 in provincial funding for regional marketing and to bolster five events that were cancelled this year due to COVID-19.
“We recognize it is going to be a challenge to get people travelling across this province and welcoming them to this province, post COVID-19,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, during a news conference set in front of the Charlie Brooks Memorial Peace Fountain in Riverside’s waterfront Reaume Park.
In an “effort to encourage home-grown tourism and talent,” MacLeod said the government has earmarked $532,000 “to support initiatives in Windsor and the surrounding areas to promote our communities and put our tourism industry on a path to recovery.”
To that end, $182,000 will flow through the Celebrate Ontario program, to support Liuna Blues Fest Windsor, The Island Unplugged Music Festival on Pelee Island, Mill Street Market’s monthly night market in Leamington, Windsor International Film Festival and Hogs for Hospice motorcycle rally fundraiser, all of which will not proceed this year, the minister announced.