CEDC Tourism donates $30,000 to Silver Islet Harbor Association – Lake Superior News

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~~~ August 16, 2022 (LSNews) The Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) and Tourism Thunder Bay are pleased to provide $30,000 in financial support from the CEDC’s Tourism Development Fund to the Silver Islet Harbor Association.

The Silver Islet Harbor Association is undertaking infrastructure development to increase the port’s berthing capacity. This development allows the port to increase its capacity and accommodate tenders, including cruise ships or other boaters from Thunder Bay and the district.

Applicants to the Tourism Development Fund are encouraged to leverage partnerships and other financial resources to maximize the growth of the tourism economy. The Silver Islet Harbor Association receives additional financial support from Destination Nord Ontario and the Great Lakes Foundation.

“Financial support from the CDCE’s Tourism Development Fund has enabled us to add a key piece of infrastructure to the newly revitalized Port of Silver Islet.” According to Scott Cheadle, president of the Silver Islet Harbor Association. “The charter operator’s dock significantly increases our docking capacity, providing better access for visitors who wish to explore the many nearby attractions and natural riches of Lake Superior. »

The CDCE’s Tourism Development Fund provides financial support for projects and events that have the potential to attract more visitors to Thunder Bay, increase visitor spending and generate overnight stays at local accommodations. The fund is supported by tax revenue collected quarterly on short-term stays at hotels, motels and other local accommodation providers at the rate of 4%. CEDC and Tourism Thunder Bay administer 50% of the total tax revenue collected in support of the continued growth of tourism-oriented events and products.

“Although a short distance from Thunder Bay, Silver Islet plays an important role in Thunder Bay’s tourism economy by providing a greatly enhanced visitor experience connection to a unique, world-class concentration of tourist attractions like the Porphry Island Lighthouse, the historic Silver Islet General Store and Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. Docks provide safer access for charter boat operators and kayak outfitters. These attractions keep visitors in the area longer and increase the likelihood of more overnight stays in the city. Silver Islet rose to prominence for world-renowned Viking Cruise Lines in 2022 and the upgrades significantly improve the guest experience for the growing discovery cruise market. According to Paul Pepe, director of Tourism Thunder Bay.

Visit www.visitthunderbay.com/tourismdevelopmentfund for more information about the program.

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