April 28, 2005
(Tourism, Culture and Recreation)
operating season of provincial Visitor Information Centres
Paul Shelley, Minister of Tourism,
Culture and Recreation and Minister responsible for Labrador
Affairs, today announced that, further to a commitment made in
Budget 2005, government will extend the operating season for
provincially operated Visitor Information Centres (VICs). Operating
seasons will vary by centre based on strategic location and visitor
volumes, with the first centre to open at Port aux Basques on
Wednesday, May 4.
"Visitor Information Centres provide an important tourism
information and counseling service to travelers, both from within
and outside the province, with approximately 130,000 tourists
accessing information each year," said Minister Shelley. "Our
investment in this area will encourage tourism activity outside the
traditional summer months, providing economic benefit for all
regions of the province."
Government operates seven visitor information centres: Argentia,
Clarenville, Deer Lake, North Sydney, Notre Dame Junction, Port aux
Basques and Whitbourne. Provincially operated VICs are strategically
located throughout the province, at the ferry gateways and at major
transportation intersections such as Deer Lake. Operating hours at
the various centres vary due to demand and traffic patterns, and
ferry arrivals. Generally, however, most are open for the period of
9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the summer season.
Operating seasons for all centres will be extended this year:
Argentia and Clarenville - The primary function of the
Argentia VIC is to service inbound Marine Atlantic passengers, while
the Clarenville VIC serves traffic traveling to the Bonavista
Peninsula. Both centres will open on May 18 and will remain open
until September 27.
Deer Lake, North Sydney and Whitbourne - Based on the
strategic location of these centres and previous visitor volumes,
these centres will open on May 11 and will remain open until October
Notre Dame - Recognizing the geographic position relative to
iceberg viewing in the spring, the Notre Dame VIC will open on May
11 and will remain open until September 27.
Port aux Basques - The province�s largest VIC, the Port aux
Basques VIC is the major gateway VIC for the province. The centre
will open on May 4 and will remain open until October 11, providing
a service for inbound early tourists and later fall visitors.
Media contact: Tansy Mundon, Communications, (709) 729-0928,
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