Feasibility of tourism projects and governance on agenda of Evangeline Tourism Association’s AGM

Guest speaker Gregory Urier to share about potential of European francophone tourism

Gregory Urier & Claude Blaquiere lowresMONT-CARMEL – May 12, 2016 – This is an extremely active time for the Acadian tourism industry of PEI, mostly because there are a number of major development projects on the table and the industry is in the process of restructuring its governance. It is therefore a good time to update members of the Evangeline Tourism Association (ATE) and the public about what is being done.

Everyone is therefore invited to the association’s annual general meeting, which will be held Monday, May 30, at 7 p.m. at Mont-Carmel Parish Hall.

Interim president Claude Blaquière will provide an overview of several studies that were conducted in 2015-016 by consultant Marc Leblanc, thanks to funding from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency:
•    On the Agricultural Exhibition and Acadian Festival, the Acadian Musical Village and the 2019 World Acadian Congress;
•    On the Cape Egmont lighthouse and wharf;
•    On the Mont-Carmel parish house, the Acadian Museum of PEI, the Centre Goéland and the Union Corner Beach.

He’ll also provide details about the tourism potential of some of these projects.

region musicale evangelineSecondly, Blaquière will discuss the results of a report on tourism governance in the Evangeline area, which was also prepared by consultant Marc Leblanc.

“The issue of tourism governance is crucial to the Evangeline region. We’re currently undertaking a regional consultation among the community organizations that have a tourism mandate and right now we’ve got momentum to ensure tourism development,” he said. “Funding partners are aware of this community commitment. Now is not the time to slow down!”

Following these discussions, guest speaker Gregory Urier, tourism development officer with RDÉE Prince Edward Island, will speak about the importance and the potential of francophone European tourism for PEI and the Evangeline region.

The evening will wrap up with a lunch.



CUTLINE: Gregory Urier, left, tourism development officer with RDÉE PEI, will be the guest speaker at the Evangeline Tourism Association’s annual general meeting May 30 in Mont-Carmel. Interim president Claude Blaquière will give an overview of the various studies that were conducted over the past year.


For more information:
Claude Blaquière
Interim president
Evangeline Tourism Association
(902) 854-3256 (home)
(902) 439-1094 (cell)