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TPR awards $431,000 in grants to tourism projects

Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation has awarded grants totalling $431,000 to eight organizations around the province. Each of the organizations were awarded the grants based on their unique initiatives to help grow in tourism Alberta.

Grants have been awarded to the following organizations and projects:

  • Canadian Curling Association – for staging a winter festival in Camrose to complement the Canada Cup of Curling in December;
  • Alberta Professional Outfitters Society – to support an economic impact study of Alberta’s outfitted hunting industry;
  • Jasper Destination Marketing Corporation – to support the implementation of a Jasper Event Tourism Strategy;
  • Town of Bon Accord – for development work on a multi-use tourism and recreation facility that will include a library, business incubator and observatory park with global network telescopes;
  • Calgary Zoological Society – to support the Illuminasia Festival, which will combine traditional Chinese lantern light figures with the zoo’s botanical gardens;
  • Drumheller Festival Society – to help support the staging of a complementary festival during the Tough Mudder international endurance obstacle event in Drumheller in September;
  • Friends of Medalta Society – to develop new guided tours, workshops and concerts/events at the Medicine Hat Historic Clay District; and
  • Camrose Regional Exhibition – to support the Growing Rural Tourism Conference in March, 2015, and to develop an Entrepreneurship Competition as part of the conference.
“These grants make it possible for organizations to do research, capitalize on new opportunities, and deliver exciting new events and experiences for travellers. They will enhance Alberta’s ability to attract tourists and make their visits truly memorable.”

- Dr. Richard Starke, Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation

In addition to these grants, Tourism Parks and Recreation also offers a grant to help grow festivals and events across Alberta. The deadline to apply for this grant is November 3, 2014.

Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation