Minister Joly meets with tourism and culture sector stakeholders from the Gaspésie region
Tourism is an important economic driver and creator of jobs in this region of Quebec and across the country
August 13, 2018 – Gaspé, Quebec
The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie, met with tourism and culture sector stakeholders on Saturday, August 11 at a roundtable in the Gaspésie region. Also present was the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament for Gaspésie–Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine.
The roundtable, organized by the Festival Musique du Bout du Monde (FMBM) and the Chambre de commerce et de tourisme de Gaspé, focused on the role of tourism and culture in the region’s economic development.
During her visit, Minister Joly also met with Sophie Bourdages and Stéphane Brochu of FMBM; Alan Côté, Managing and Artistic Director of the Village en chanson de Petite-Vallée; Manon Jeannotte, Chief of the Gespeg Micmac Nation; and Daniel Côté, Mayor of Gaspé.
According to the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, in 2015 the Gaspésie region’s tourism industry employed 9,494 local residents at 1,193 enterprises. Tourism generated economic benefits of more than $360 million in the region in 2017.
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