Governments announce investments to support tourism in Twillingate

News release

5th Unscripted Twillingate Digital Arts Festival will create, share and celebrate digital arts

August 23, 2019 – Twillingate, NL – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Tourism is an inclusive sector that showcases Canada’s culture, diversity, natural beauty and unique experiences to the world. It delivers economic benefits across the country by supporting one in ten jobs. That is why the Government of Canada is investing in the tourism sector’s businesses and assets.

Today, Scott Simms, Member of Parliament for Coast of Bays—Central—Notre Dame, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie, announced funding of $33,000 to help Grow Twillingate host the 5th Unscripted Twillingate Digital Arts Festival from September 19-22, 2019. This investment is being made through the Canadian Experiences Fund (CEF), which supports Canadian businesses and organizations seeking to create, improve or enhance tourism products, facilities and experiences. The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, also announced that the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is contributing $20,000 towards the project.

Thanks to government support for projects like the one with Grow Twillingate, Canadians and visitors to Canada will be able to experience creative, inspiring, and entertaining interactive adventures beyond the traditional summer tourism season. The Unscripted Twillingate Digital Arts Festival is a four-day event which consists of workshops, a half-day conference, live entertainment, hiking and unique culinary offerings. Participants will create, share and celebrate digital arts while experiencing the beauty of Twillingate and the surrounding area.

This announcement takes place in the wake of Minister Joly’s announcement of the new tourism strategy: Creating Middle Class Jobs: A Federal Tourism Growth Strategy. The Strategy, which was developed based on feedback from Canadians and the work of the Advisory Council on Jobs and the Visitor Economy, highlights the importance of Canada’s tourism sector as an economic driver for communities across the country.

Quotes

“This investment will help Grow Twillingate build on the town’s iconic tourism products and experiences to attract more tourists year-round. Our government’s goal is to help communities big and small across the country reap the benefits of the global tourism boom to diversify their economies and create good jobs for middle-class families at home. The beauty of Twillingate in early fall is a fitting backdrop for such a creative, inspirational and interactive event.”
– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie

“Innovation doesn’t only happen in big cities; it happens in all regions of Canada. That’s why our regional development agencies play an important role in helping businesses turn innovation into economic growth and good jobs for Canadians. Through the Canadian Experiences Fund (CEF), our government is investing in the development of our tourism sector and the economic potential of our vibrant communities.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“The many coves, trails and vistas around Twillingate have provided settings for countless images, stories and songs over the years. Famed for its icebergs in the spring, the Town really has so much to offer visitors all year long. This Unscripted Twillingate Digital Arts Festival takes all the best of Twillingate – creativity, scenery, adventure, entertainment and great food – and uses it to inspire both professional and hobby digital artists.”
– Scott Simms, Member of Parliament for Coast of Bays—Central—Notre Dame

“Increasing the number of high quality tourism experiences, attracting more visitors, encouraging them to stay longer and to do more when they’re here, are all goals of The Way Forward’s Provincial Tourism Product Development Plan. Support for season extension initiatives, such as the Unscripted Twillingate Digital Arts Festival, drives visitation beyond the province’s peak tourism season, which enables tourism services and attractions to remain open longer and generate more economic activity for the region.”
– The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

“It is inspiring to see the commitment announced today as the Unscripted Twillingate Digital Arts Festival enters its fifth year. The festival is a showcase of modern tourism, combining the natural splendour and traditional wonder of Twillingate with the opportunity to immerse oneself in ground-breaking digital arts. The funding announced today will help solidify this festival as an annual international destination and I look forward to working with everyone involved to ensure this festival is a continued success for many years to come.”
– Derek Bennett, Member of the House of Assembly for Lewisporte–Twillingate.

"Twillingate is one of Newfoundland and Labrador's most visited rural destinations and the beauty of our island has always inspired creativity. The work that Grow Twillingate Inc. does to promote digital arts and tourism through the Unscripted Twillingate Digital Arts Festival, is very important to our economy and we could not do it without the valuable partnerships with ACOA and the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. "
- Grant White, Mayor, Twillingate

Quick facts

  • ourism represents more than 2% of the total value of goods produced and services provided in Canada.

  • Tourism supports more than 1.8 million jobs in Canada.

  • Regional development agencies are one of Canada’s four flagship platforms supporting innovation, along with the Industrial Research Assistance Program, the Strategic Innovation Fund and the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service.

  • Canada has six regional development agencies supporting economic development in every region of Canada.

  • Grow Twillingate, a not-for-profit organization comprised of business, municipal and community representatives from the Twillingate area, is mandated to grow the tourism industry through cooperative activities in marketing, product development and season extension.

  • The Unscripted Twillingate Digital Arts Festival is Atlantic Canada’s first Digital Arts Festival. It strives to offer something for everyone, from hobbyists with a smartphone to professionals in fine art and design. Check out the program online.

Contacts

Jeremy Ghio
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie
Jeremy.Ghio@canada.ca

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
343-291-1777
ic.mediarelations-mediasrelations.ic@canada.ca

Paul McGrath
Director, Public Affairs
ACOA NL
709-772-2984
paul.mcgrath@canada.ca

Eric Humber
Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
709-729-4819, 725-9655
erichumber@gov.nl.ca

Wilma Hartmann
Grow Twillingate
709-480-0176
wilma@anchorinntwillingate.com

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