Manitoba’s Federal government to pump $10.8M into tourism industry

Manitoba’s Federal government to pump $10.8M into tourism industry

The federal government is making a multi-million-dollar investment of $10.8M into Manitoba tourism.

Announced Friday, the investment aims to help the province’s struggling tourism industry bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic, said the Saint Boniface – Saint Vital MO, Dan Vandal.

“Tourism is a critical industry for Manitoba and through these investments, our government is helping the travel, tourism, and recreation providers create new — or enhance existing — experiences, revitalizing communities, and attract visitors,” Vandal said in a release.

“Together, we are ready to welcome people from across Canada and the world back to Manitoba.”

“Summer is right around the corner. The time is now to welcome visitors back to our province and safely enjoy all Manitoba has to offer.”

A sense of how the funding would be broken down in the province includes a 1 million for The Forks Renewal Corporation, $500,000 for the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada and just over $747,00 for Fort Whyte Alive.

 

Some summer attractions that tourists can look forward to this summer in the city are Winnipeg Comedy Festival in May, Winnipeg Jazz Festival in the latter half of August, Winnipeg Folk Festival in Birds Hill Park in July and much more.

 

 

The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce is also bringing back its Tourism Rebate Incentive Program (TRIP) for 2022 after giving out $2.2 million in rebates last year.

The program was designed to boost local tourism spending by encouraging Manitobans to spend their vacations within the province, whether that be a road trip, staycation or taking advantage of specially designed stay-and-play packages.

According to the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, almost 25,000 Manitobans took advantage of the program last year resulting in $5.5 million in direct spending at recreational properties.

 

There are two rebate options. The first is booking a stay at a hotel, motel or resort in Manitoba and then accessing a $100 rebate. The second is a 50 per cent rebate on general admission from one of Manitoba’s 31 Star Attractions.

The rebate will come in the form of a mailed personal check or delivered electronically to a PayPal account.

 

This initiative is open to all Manitoba residents aged 18 and up. The program is based on a first come first serve basis with rebates available until funds are expended.

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