Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
November 29, 2019

Supporting Business Development on the Baccalieu Trail

The Honourable Bernard Davis, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, today announced a Business Investment Loan of $300,000 to the Doctor's House Inn and Spa to assist with expansion and modernization. Minister Davis toured the facility today.

This repayable loan permitted the Doctor’s House Inn and Spa to add 16 additional suites, allowing the business to target and service unique market segments. This funding allowed the business to double capacity, and will play a role in attracting additional tourism traffic in the shoulder seasons.

The Doctor's House Inn and Spa is a well-established 4.5 star accommodation operating in Green’s Harbour. The historic property was started more than 50 years ago by Dr. Charles Boddie and his wife Mary.

Support for the 2017-20 Provincial Tourism Product Development Plan delivers on commitments in The Way Forward to strengthen the province’s economic foundation. The Way Forward outlines all actions the provincial government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at thewayforward.gov.nl.ca.

Quotes
“The Doctor's House Inn and Spa offers a unique visitor experience that combines culture, architecture and cuisine in a luxury setting. Our government is pleased to support this business, as it has grown to become an attractive destination, acting as a catalyst for economic growth in the region.”
Honourable Bernard Davis
Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation 

“Support for local businesses like this one is support for the region. The Doctor's House Inn and Spa is renowned as a breathtaking retreat in a beautiful setting, and we are pleased to assist with this expansion.”
Honourable Sherry Gambin-Walsh
Minister of ServiceNL and MHA for Placentia – St. Mary's 

“We would like to express our gratitude for the assistance we have received from the province and, in particular, the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation. Along with us, you saw the opportunity to spur regional development, enhance tourism and support our industry. The Doctor’s House appreciates your assistance in enhancing our wonderful Newfoundland and Labrador tourism asset. Thanks to your support we have finished the addition of 16 suites and our bookings for 2020 are up over 400 per cent compared to this time last year. This benefits not only the Doctor’s House, but all businesses in the area as many of our customers are from outside the province, and they will be experiencing the whole region and this wonderful province.”
Jerry Byrne
Doctor’s House Inn and Spa 

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The Doctor’s House Inn and Spa external link

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

Jerry Byrne
Doctor’s House Inn and Spa
709-582-2754
jerrypbyrne@gmail.com 

Jeremy Reynolds
Government Member’s Office
709-729-3394
JeremyReynolds@gov.nl.ca

2019 11 29                              2:05 p.m.