Official opening of Fort Erie Travel Information Centre

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Official opening of Fort Erie Travel Information Centre

FORT ERIE, ON, Nov. 21 - A new, state-of-the-art Fort Erie Travel Information Centre, aimed at enhancing tourism, was officially opened today at a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Ontario Minister of Tourism and Recreation Jim Bradley. The travel centre, which opened for business on September 4, 2003, is the key tenant in a multi-purpose complex of enhanced tourist services called Crossroads. Privately built and owned by Nordic Gaming Corporation, it includes a currency exchange, a gas bar, a food court, a retail store and travel information services. This successful partnership will capitalize on the 80,000 people who annually visit the travel centre. "Ontario's $20-billion tourism industry depends on innovative partnerships like the new Travel Information Centre," said Bradley. "Fort Erie is a gateway community for our American neighbours, and the travel centre will play a crucial role in encouraging visitors to extend their vacations and explore the area's sites and attractions." A 1997 survey showed that as a result of stopping at local travel centres, visitors prolonged their stays by 1.7 days, adding an extra $12.4 million to the Ontario economy. The Ministry of Tourism and Recreation operates 18 Travel Information Centres throughout the province. "The Province of Ontario now has a proper front door," said Joshua Segal of the Ownership Group of Nordic Gaming Corporation. "We look forward to additional development at the Crossroads site as we continue to expand our attractions and meet our commitments to the fine people of the Niagara Region. I would like to express a special thank you to Minister Bradley and the Ministry of Tourism and Recreation for their determination and cooperation." Disponible en fran├žais For more information, visit www.tourism.gov.on.caFor further information: Contacts: Wayne Beaton, Minister's Office, (416) 314-1400; Jim McPeak, Communications Branch, (416) 314-3497