Nov. 20, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The best of Atlantic Canada will be presented to the world during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games when the four Atlantic provinces and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) present Atlantic Canada House from Feb. 13-28, 2010.
"New Brunswick is honoured to work with our Atlantic counterparts and ACOA in promoting this region of the country and the many opportunities we have to offer," said Premier Shawn Graham. "Atlantic Canada House provides the venue for us to showcase our people, our resources, and the many natural wonders that make New Brunswick the place to be."
Graham said that Atlantic Canada House will provide an inspiring and authentic setting to experience all that Atlantic Canada has to offer as a cultural tourism destination and a place to live, work and grow.
"Working with the four Atlantic Canada provinces, the Government of Canada is pleased to take this opportunity of the Olympic Games to present our region to the world," said Keith Ashfield, minister of state for ACOA. "Atlantic Canada House will promote and showcase Atlantic Canadian trade and investment, business, tourism and culture."
Atlantic Canada House will be situated on the west coast of Granville Island, a historical and popular venue that is expecting more than 35,000 visitors daily during the Games. It is a pan-Atlantic partnership comprised of ACOA and the four Atlantic provincial governments. ACOA is contributing $2.5 million toward the project, and each of the provincial partners is contributing $500,000.
The pavilion will have a trade and investment component, with space for hosting and meeting with industry leaders. Visitors from around the world, international media, and Vancouver residents will be invited to sample Atlantic Canada's cuisine, discover the region's culture and spirit, and enjoy the showcase of Atlantic Canadian hospitality at the largest sporting event in the world.
Also included in the pavilion will be performance stages and venues that will feature Atlantic Canadian artists. Atlantic Canada House programming details will be announced in November, and a complete schedule of events will be available online.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Paul Harpelle, communications, Department of Tourism and Parks, 506-444-4454, e-mail: email@example.com; Cindy Roy, ACOA PEI and Tourism Atlantic, 902-566-7569; Penny Walsh, Atlantic Canada House, 902-393-2431.