TOURISM, CULTURE AND HERITAGE–New Tourism Projects SupportIndustry Growth Hiking trails, heritage sites and tourist attractions throughoutNova Scotia are being developed and enhanced thanks to fundingfrom the province. A total of $188,411 will support 15 projectsunder the Tourism Development Investment Fund. “This investment supports the long-term growth of the tourismindustry,” said Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism, Cultureand Heritage. “Enhancing the quality of our services and productswill ensure that we continue to be a tourism leader in thiscountry.” The Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association (CREDA)received $8,000 to help develop an interpretive program at thehistoric site of the former village of Beaubassin. “This support enables us to tell the story of our Acadianheritage to visitors and Nova Scotians alike,” said RhondaKelley, executive director, CREDA. “Attracting more visitors toBeaubassin will also support economic development in our region.” Project partners from the tourism industry, community and other levels of government will invest an additional $451,000 in the 15projects. “Our dedicated tourism partners want the industry to remainhealthy and growing,” said Scott MacAulay, chair of the TourismPartnership Council. “To do this, we need to stay tuned in to theneeds of our visitors and deliver experiences that will make themreturn again and again.” Over the last year, the Tourism Development Investment Fund hasinvested more than $537,000 in 43 projects throughout NovaScotia. Information on the Tourism Development Investment Fund isavailable from the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage bycalling 902-424-3908, or by visiting the Tourism PartnershipCouncil website at www.nstpc.com .