McGuinty Government Investing In Local Tourism

    Festivals And Events Help Build A Strong And Prosperous Economy

    ORANGEVILLE, ON, June 6 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is helping to
market and expand this year's Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival held May 31
- June 3, through an investment of $52,500, Jim Bradley, Minister of Tourism,
announced today.
    "The Celebrate Ontario program is helping community organizations market
festivals and events more effectively, and create new experiences that will
attract greater audiences," said Bradley. "Festivals and events increase
tourism, bringing new visitors to communities across Ontario, contributing to
a strong and prosperous economy."
    The $4-million Celebrate Ontario program supports the growth of existing
festivals and events by funding new marketing and programming enhancements.
The Ontario Tourism Event Marketing Partnership Program is providing an
additional $500,000.
    "Thanks to the funding provided by the Ontario government, we were able
to expand the 5th Annual Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival and introduce new
highlights including an educational workshop, a fifth anniversary CD, and an
additional stage located in the downtown core," said Larry Kurtz, Festival
    Since October 2003, the McGuinty government has invested more than
$15 million to market Ontario's festivals and events
    "Our government is a proud supporter of festivals, events and attractions
that boost tourism in all four seasons," said Bradley. "Supporting such events
gives a substantial economic boost to host communities, and a memorable
experience for our visitors."


For further information:

For further information: David Oved, Minister's Office, (416) 314-1400;
Gary Wheeler, Communications Branch, (416) 325-8391

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