Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Tourism Thunder Bay Receives Community Adjustment Fund Support for Cruise Ship Development

Kenora area M.P. Greg Rickford announced this morning that Tourism Thunder Bay has been successful in attracting $64,500 in Federal government support from Industry Canada for capital improvements to the Pool 6 Cruise vessel facility. This funding has been provided through the Community Adjustment Fund and is focused on helping Northern Ontario communities diversify their economies. The funding, approximately 1/3 the cost of the first phase of development, will allow us to make aesthetic and safety improvements to the site to better accommodate passengers and crew. Work in the first phase includes security upgrades, aesthetic improvements and structural dock repairs to the Pool 6 asset.

This is only the first step in a long term vision to transform Thunder Bay into a hub for the Great Lakes expedition cruise shipping market. With catalyst investments in the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation area and growing interest from other communities around the lake basin to find a niche in this growing global travel trend, we are well positioned to see new opportunities emerge in the future, opportunities that don't only benefit the tourism economy but the vessel supply industry as well.

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