May 29, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The following statement was issued by Tourism and Parks Minister Stuart Jamieson in recognition of Tourism Week, June 1 - 7:
New Brunswick's tourism industry makes immense contributions to our province and to our goal of self-sufficiency. It provides jobs, generates revenue and enhances our overall quality of life.
In fact, the tourism sector brings in almost $1 billion in tourism expenditures each year. This represents 3.2 per cent of the provincial GDP; more than the fisheries, forestry and agriculture industries combined, and it provides full- and part-time employment to more than 33,700 people each year.
It is easy to see why so many people come to our province each year. A visit to New Brunswick includes the world's highest tides, beautiful bays, and rivers overflowing with fishing bounty.
You will find impressive man-made structures such as the longest covered bridge in the world and lighthouses that have guided sailors safely for centuries.
Outdoor gems such as the Appalachian mountain range, the fragile beauty of coastal dunes and the serenity of our forests make New Brunswick a must-visit destination.
New Brunswick is also known for its world-class cultural activities, fascinating historic sites and museums, entertaining theatre, and one-of-a-kind art galleries. Our lively festivals create an opportunity to experience and celebrate all that makes us proud to be New Brunswickers.
I encourage all New Brunswickers to get away from their hometown during Tourism Week and all summer long and try out one or more of our five scenic drives. You may discover a part of your province you did not even know existed. Celebrate Tourism Week, and be a tourist in your own province.
To plan your New Brunswick adventure this summer, visit www.tourismnewbrunswick.ca.