Supporting Toronto's Tourist Economy

    McGuinty Government Invests In Canadian National Exhibition

    TORONTO, Aug. 15 /CNW/ -


    Ontario is supporting tourism in Toronto by providing $342,000 to support
the Canadian National Exhibition's (CNE) marketing efforts and help fund a
major new outdoor event called Jump Jet.
    Jump Jet is a circus theatre performance that features cutting edge
pyrotechnic and aerial stunts. It will play nightly as part of this year's
exhibition, which run August 15-September 1.
    The CNE contributes to the province's tourism economy by attracting about
1.25 million visitors each year.


    "The Canadian National Exhibition is one of Ontario's premier tourist
attractions. The exhibition offers a compelling reason to visit our province
and encourages tourists to experience other great Ontario attractions," said
Tourism Minister Peter Fonseca.

    "The CNE has a long tradition of contributing to the Ontario economy,"
said David Bednar, General Manager of the Canadian National Exhibition
Association. "We're pleased that Ontario recognizes the economic benefits that
this fair brings to the province and we look forward to maintaining a strong


    -   The CNE is the fifth largest annual fair in North America.
    -   The CNE is listed as one of the Top 100 Festivals and Events in North
        America in 2008 by the American Bus Association.
    -   The exhibition helps to boost the local economy through job creation.
        Leading up to the fair, the CNE hires approximately 1,200 people. An
        additional 3,500 people are hired during the fair itself.


    Find out more about the Canadian National Exhibition.

    Discover other things to do in Ontario this summer.

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For further information:

For further information: Alicia Farrow, Minister's Office, (416)
325-4543; Jill Skorochod, Communications Branch, (416) 325-8391

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