Regional partnership agreement for tourism in the Duplessis sector (2009-2012): Extremely positive spinoffs for the region

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Pascal Bérubé, Minister for Tourism, and Nicole Caron, president of Tourisme Côte-Nord Duplessis, were proud to present the highlights of the Entente de partenariat régional en tourisme de Duplessis concluded in 2009. In total, almost $540 000 in funding was granted to 15 regional projects for investments that generated close to $1 million. Some of the initiatives that took shape thanks to the agreement include the creation of a maritime route connecting Rivière-au-Tonnerre and Port-Menier (Anticosti Island), the construction of an interpretation kiosk for the Sept-Îles Archipelago and the restoration of the foghorn lighthouse on Île aux Perroquets. These attractions will go a long way towards turning the St. Lawrence River into an international tourist icon, which is one of the priorities for action outlined by the Plan de développement de l’industrie touristique du Québec. “We are happy with the spinoffs generated by this first regional partnership agreement for tourism. The projects accepted have had a positive impact on diversifying the region’s offer of tourist attractions and showcasing the features that make Duplessis a unique tourisme destination. The Conseil d’administration de l’Association touristique régionale de Duplessis is very proud to participate in the growth of North Shore tourism,” said Nicole Caron, president of Tourisme Côte-Nord Duplessis. Note that the signatory partners for this agreement include Tourisme Québec, Tourisme Côte-Nord Duplessis, the local development centres in the Lower North Shore, Minganie and the Sept-Rivières and Caniapiscau RCMs, as well the territory’s regional county municipalities (RCMs). Sources: Valérie Noël-Létourneau Press attaché Cabinet for the Minister of Tourism Marie-Soleil Vigneault Director General Tourisme Côte-Nord Duplessis