Travel Manitoba to See $3.1M Funding Increase

Travel Manitoba to See $3.1M Funding Increase

Polar Bear
A polar bear is seen walking across the street in Churchill Man. on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

Travel Manitoba will receive additional funding to further promote our province.

Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Cliff Cullen says the PC government will provide the province’s tourism organization with a $3.125 million increase this year. An additional $272,000 will also be added to the department’s tourism grant programs.

“Tourism is a vital part of our economy and creates jobs in the tourism and hospitality sector, and attracts significant spending by visitors to Manitoba,” Cullen said.

“We want to support this industry and ensure its continued growth as part of our plan to correct the province’s course through our budget commitments.”

The funding will be based on the 96-4 model, which will see 96 percent of tourism tax revenue go back to the province, with the reaming four percent funneled back into tourism and marketing development.

The announcement was made Sunday in Churchill at a roundtable meeting with tourism industry representatives.