Canadian government announces funding to promote LGBTQ2 tourismAround the World, Online Only, Top Highlights Tuesday, May 30th, 2017
The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism made the announcement during Tourism Week. She was joined by Colin Sines, executive director, Travel Gay Canada; Claudia Van Wijk, co-owner of OWL Rafting on the Ottawa River; Member of Parliament Randy Boissonnault, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on LGBTQ2 issues, as well as representatives from the LGBTQ2 community and Ottawa tourism.
“Canada is already one of the most welcoming countries in the world for LGBTQ2 travel, and we want to build on that reputation,” said Minister Chagger. “I am proud to work with Travel Gay Canada, and businesses like OWL Rafting, who are breaking barriers and helping to create memorable experiences and visits for everyone.”
With the support, Travel Gay Canada—Canada’s national LGBTQ2 tourism industry association—will provide support and training to Canadian tourism operators across the country that are looking to become more LGBTQ2 friendly. It will also represent and promote LGBTQ2 tourism at Rendez-vous Canada and the World Travel Market London (UK).
“This funding from the federal government has allowed Travel Gay Canada to build Canadian LGBTQ2 destinations and showcase them on a global market,” said Sines. “We are pleased to work with tourism operators such as OWL Rafting to help them reach the LGBT traveling consumer.”
Canada’s New Tourism Vision includes support toward the promotion and growth of LGBTQ2 tourism. As part of this, Travel Gay Canada has been provided up to $100,000 over two years to advance its work and to market Canada to the world.
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