Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Tourism in Richmond County

The Saltscapes Travel Expo will be taking place at Expedition Park in Halifax from April 27th thru April 29th. Again the staff from the St. Peter’s Visitor Information Centre (VIC) will be in attendance as part of Destination Cape Breton Association to promote the area. This will be the 8th year for the Saltscapes Travel Expo and DCBA has been there every year to vie for the traveler’s attention. This year DCBA will be passing out their new Visitor Experience and Events Booklet to showcase what our beautiful island destination has to offer this season. The Expo draws a lot of attention from the people from all over the Atlantic Provinces who are planning their upcoming vacations. Visitors are no longer looking to travel long distances for their vacations but are looking closer to home to find the perfect vacation spot. The Expo offers presenters from all the Atlantic Provinces, New Brunswick, PEI, as well as Newfoundland, so it is important that Cape Breton makes it’s presents felt as such an important part of the Nova Scotia Tourism Industry. But it is not only the Atlantic Provinces that are in attendance but we also have tourism groups in attendance from the eastern seaboard of the US, as well as a few exotic destinations such as Martinique, and Iceland. Cape Breton Island is a very sought after destination at the current time due to all the accolades it has received off late, being name # 1 Island destination in North America and # 3 Island destination in the world, also given the most romantic destination designation, as well as the Cabot Trail being called the most scenic travelway by motorcycle riders, the Bras d’Or Lake receiving the designation as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve,just to name a few. It is no wonder that while working at the Expo we have so many visitors coming by our booths to pick up information on Cape Breton. If you happen to be in the Halifax area during the Expo drop in and pick up your travel destination, for a minimal entrance fee guests have the opportunity to win numerous prizes. Besides the travel section of the expo there are numerous displays and presenters offering information on many different topics from gardening to outdoor adventure equipment to photography and crafts and jewellery to food and beverage displays. This is definitely a show with something for everyone’s interest. Hope to see you there.

Upcoming events: A Fish Fry Supper will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 150 in Arichat from 4:30 to 7pm pm Friday April 20th. On April 21st, there will be a Jam Session held at the New Horizon Senior’s Club in Arichat from 1pm to 5pm for ages 19 and over. Also on April 21st, there will be a Fireman’s Breakfast held at the Grand River Volunteer Fire Department from 7am until 11am. There will be a concert with Hert LeBlanc at La Picasse on April 22nd, starting at 2pm. For more information and tickets call 226-0149. Also on the 22nd, there will be Tea & Tunes hosted by the Bonnie Brae seniors club in St. Peter’s from 2-4pm. There will be live entertainment and tea, coffee and a light lunch. A Merchandise Bingo will take place at the Fourchu Hall starting at 2pm. And the Annual Spring Tea By The Sea will take place from 2-4pm at the D’ Escousse Civic Improvement Hall in D’Escousse.

Until next week, enjoy exploring Richmond.

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