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November 10, 2022 at 10:40 am  Politics, Provincial

COQUITLAM – New Democrat MLA Fin Donnelly says that local events in Coquitlam-Burke Mountain will benefit from provincial tourism funding.

“I’m thrilled to know this funding will support signature events like the Caribbean Days Festival and ScotFestBC so people can enjoy coming together with friends and family,” said Fin Donnelly, MLA for Coquitlam-Burke Mountain. “We’re lucky to have events in our community that draw people from across B.C. and around the world, year after year.”

The Province has provided funding to nearly 100 organizations through its Tourism Events Program (TEP) to build B.C.’s reputation as an events destination and increase visitation.

In Coquitlam-Burke Mountain the following local events are receiving funding from the program:

  • ScotFestBC: International Festival, $10,000
  • Annual Caribbean Days Festival, $13,150

The Province announced $4.8 million for the Tourism Events Program in April this year, marking the return of TEP after a two-year absence due to the global pandemic. TEP funding supports a wide range of tourism experiences, including arts, cultural, or internationally recognized sporting competitions, bolstering awareness of the event, attracting additional overnight visitors and increasing tourism benefits to communities. The Province has provided over $18 million in TEP funding since 2016, supporting 317 events.

TEP grant amounts are for eligible activities that amplify the event’s provincial, national, and international marketing reach.

Learn More:

Provincial News Release: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2022TACS0049-001676

For information on the Tourism Events Program: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/tourism-immigration/tourism-resources/tourism-funding-programs/tourism-events-program 

To Learn about the Strategic Framework for Tourism 2022 – 2024: 

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/tourism-immigration/tourism-resources/tourism-framework. 

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