Tourism and Parks

Minister to promote New Brunswick as tourist destination (09/09/28)

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Sept. 28, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswick will be promoted as a tourism destination of choice when Tourism and Parks Minister Stuart Jamieson heads to the United States this week for meetings with representatives from the tourism industry.

Jamieson will meet with executives from the Canadian Tourism Commission as well as host luncheons with a number of travel agents and travel journalists during a stopover in New York City.

"We want New Brunswick to be on the radar of the travel influencers in New York," said Jamieson. "Whether it's planning trips for people, or writing a story about our province in their newspaper or magazines, our province will benefit from the greater exposure as a tourism destination."

Jamieson will then travel to Miami for meetings with key cruise lines. He will be joined by Betty MacMillan, manager of business development with the Saint John Port Authority.

"Greater Saint John is still in its infancy when it comes to the potential that the cruise industry has for benefiting our region," said MacMillan. "We want to make sure the Bay of Fundy remains an important part of their growing business plans."

In 2008, a record 184,000 cruise ship passengers visited Saint John. Economic spinoffs to Greater Saint John are estimated at $15 million to $20 million.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Paul Harpelle, communications, Department of Tourism and Parks, 506-444-4454.

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