Tourism, Culture and Recreation
March 24, 2008

New Opportunities Explored with St. Pierre et Miquelon

The opportunity to further develop tourism and education-related partnerships with St. Pierre et Miquelon was the focus of recent meetings between the Honourable Clyde Jackman, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation, College of the North Atlantic (CNA) officials, and government representatives of the French islands, located off the south coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.

"The connection between the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador and St. Pierre et Miquelon is well-established," Minister Jackman said. "People from this province choose the islands as a tourist destination � eager to experience the unique European culture which is literally on our doorstep. Likewise, we welcome visitors from the islands who have come to our province for years and have built economic and personal relationships which have stood the test of time."

Minister Jackman noted St. Pierre et Miquelon will be among the participants in a Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism promotion at Toronto�s Ultimate Travel Show, to be held April 11-13.

There is also a high level of interest in developing educational opportunities between the College of the North Atlantic�s Burin campus and educational facilities in St. Pierre et Miquelon.

"Our public college system is internationally renowned for the quality of programming and teaching expertise it offers," said the Honourable Joan Burke, Minister of Education. "College of the North Atlantic is a leader in education and the links that have already been established with St. Pierre et Miquelon speak to the forward-thinking approach of the college in all aspects of its operations."

Over the last few years, Burin campus of College of the North Atlantic, in co-operation with community partners and government funding agencies, has been pursuing enhanced relations with the St. Pierre et Miquelon in tourism, trade, and education.

"College of the North Atlantic thrives on building strong relationships and partnerships," said CNA President Jean Madill. "This educational collaboration between Newfoundland and Labrador and the French islands opens a world of possibility for our students. We hope this relationship will continue to grow and lead to programs that benefit both students and faculty."


Media contacts:

Heather May

Director of Communications
Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation
709-729-0928, 697-5061
Jacquelyn Howard
Director of Communications
Department of Education
709-729-0048, 689-2624


2008 03 24                                                   11:55 a.m.

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