McGuinty government helps revitalize convention industry in Hamilton

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McGuinty government helps revitalize convention industry in Hamilton

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

TORONTO, Feb. 13 - The McGuinty government is helping to revitalize the tourism industry in Hamilton by investing $155,000 to promote the city as a prime destination for major conventions and to help secure new convention business, Tourism and Recreation Minister Jim Bradley announced today. "This investment will help enhance Hamilton's economic prosperity by attracting new conventions and sport tournaments," said Bradley. "The City of Hamilton has put together a very strong business case. More convention business will boost the local economy by creating jobs, filling hotels and restaurants, increasing retail sales and raising attendance at local tourism events and attractions. It will also encourage private-sector investment in tourism development and enhance the quality of life in the city." The province's support will allow Tourism Hamilton to generate increased economic activity through promotional events, trade missions and the development of enhanced marketing tools. Tourism Hamilton's goal is to attract six new conventions and tournaments in each of 2004 and 2005, which will have an anticipated economic impact for Hamilton of more than $64 million. "This funding gives us the opportunity to more aggressively market our city and attract new conventions and tournaments to Hamilton," said David Adames, Executive Director of Tourism Hamilton. "It offers us a valuable tool to compete on a more level playing field with competitors who have dedicated funding mechanisms already in place." the program and ensuring all partners are financial contributors to the fund This initiative is part of the McGuinty government's strategy to market Ontario as a preferred location for major conventions. To be eligible for support, Ontario cities must have the facilities and infrastructure required to professionally host conventions and must form a partner with a local destination marketing organization, a convention centre and a group of city hotels. The McGuinty government announced a new $30-million marketing program on February 10. This initiative will help revitalize Ontario's tourism industry by promoting tourism and economic growth throughout the province. Disponible en fran├žais For more information visit www.tourism.gov.on.ca For travel information visit www.ontariotravel.netFor further information: Contacts: Wayne Beaton, Minister's Office, (416) 314-1400; Jim McPeak, Communications Branch, (416) 314-3497