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Five organizations receive grants to grow tourism

In support of Premier Alison Redford’s vision to build Alberta’s communities, five organizations are receiving funding from the Alberta government to strengthen tourism. The five grants, totaling $145,000, will help fund festivals celebrating Alberta’s natural beauty, culture, and heritage. 

“We are very proud to support these five festivals that showcase Alberta’s vibrant culture and natural beauty,” said Dr. Richard Starke, Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation. “I encourage everyone to travel Alberta this summer and fall and experience the province and its people first-hand.”

The grants are part of the Festivals and Events Tourism Growth Program to increase tourism revenues by investing in established festivals and events that demonstrate potential for tourism growth. The grants will be used to identify tourism growth opportunities, and to set clear steps to increase tourism revenue for 2014 and beyond.

Festivals to benefit from the grants are: 

  • Lacombe Days, July 18-21
  • The Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede, July 24-27 
  • The Blueberry Bluegrass and Country Music Society in Stony Plain, August 2-3 
  • The Jasper Dark Sky Festival Oct 26-27 
  • The Silver Skate Festival Society in Edmonton, February 14-23, 2014

Tourism is a $7.8 billion industry in Alberta, employing 139,000 people and attracting more than 35 million visits each year. 

Media inquiries may be directed to:
Ashley Warnock
Press Secretary
Tourism, Parks and Recreation
Phone 780-477-4928
Cell: 780-221-4615
Ashley.Warnock@gov.ab.ca
To call toll free within Alberta dial 310-0000




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