Improved funding formula will build on the success and momentum of Manitoba’s tourism industry: Pallister
A re-elected Manitoba Progressive Conservative government will build on the tremendous momentum tourism in Manitoba has achieved in the past four years, and take the industry to new heights by devoting an additional 25 per cent above the present allocation of provincial tourism revenues toward the promotion of Manitoba’s world-class attractions, including a strategy to attract major events to our province, Manitoba PC Leader Brian Pallister announced today.
“When we formed government, Manitoba tourism was an underappreciated gem waiting to be polished,” said Pallister. “Today, that diamond is beginning to shine. Record results to date have been outstanding but there is still untapped potential. Manitoba was Canada’s best kept secret but not anymore. Promoting Manitoba tourism means creating jobs in Manitoba.”
The funding increase is part of the Manitoba Works Jobs Guarantee to add 40,000 more private sector jobs throughout the province over the next four years. It will help to promote some of the spectacular new venues the PC government and partners have invested in, including the:
- Inuit Art Gallery at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, to be the world’s largest collection of Inuit art;
- Diversity Gardens, the new crown jewel of Assiniboine Park;
- Manitoba Museum, where Manitoba’s history lives;
- Royal Aviation Museum, bringing aviation in Western Canada to new heights; and
- Journey to Churchill, the polar bear capital of the world.
“Manitoba is becoming known as a must-see travel destination, as recognized by Lonely Planet and others,” said Pallister. “This highest support ever will ensure the tourism industry achieves new heights. It’s time to capitalize on the great opportunities Manitoba has to offer.”
The PC Leader noted Budget 2019 provided more than $12 million under the current funding model implemented by the PC government in 2016. Over the past four years, we have increased support for tourism by 71 per cent compared to the NDP’s final term in office, he said.
“The old NDP government spent millions of dollars promoting itself,” said Pallister. “We’re using these dollars to promote Manitoba. Our world-class tourism industry employs thousands of Manitobans, and we’re committed to its continued growth and even more good jobs for Manitobans.”