Fort’s quick cleanup gets praise from Tourism Minister
By Alana Toulin
Saturday, June 28, 2008
After experiencing some flooding earlier this month, things have returned to normal at Fort William Historical Park just in time for the summer tourist season. The site was a hotbed of activity Friday during its free Community Appreciation Day, even drawing Ontario Tourism Minister Peter Fonseca to come check out the action.
Fonseca toured the site with Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro and Thunder Bay-Superior North MPP Michael Gravelle and after greeting children and spending time in the woodworking shop, he said he was “delighted” the site was able to clean up and reopen so quickly.
“It‘s great,” he said of the popular tourist attraction. “Fort William Historical Park is so well-branded and marketed here in Thunder Bay and across Northwestern Ontario and stateside. Sergio Buonocore and his team here have really put together a marvelous experience.”
While Fonseca acknowledged some of the challenges facing Ontario‘s tourism sector –including high gas prices and the slumping U.S. economy – he said the province is doing fairly well in attracting visitors overall.
“When we look at the numbers, we‘ve actually experienced growth in our tourism compared to other jurisdictions like B.C. and Quebec, which have (declined),” he said. “This is partly because of great attractions like Fort William Historical Park and all the things we have to do and see here in Ontario; as well as some specific marketing campaigns you may have seen on TV or in print.”
Fonseca added that he encourages people to visit www.ontariotravel.net to check out all the vacation experiences Ontario has to offer.