Government of Canada

Government of Canada

July 31, 2009 16:10 ET

Government of Canada Supports the Festival International des Rythmes du Monde

SAGUENAY-LAC-SAINT-JEAN, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 31, 2009) - The Government of Canada has made an investment of more than $177 000 to support the Festival International des Rythmes du Monde as part of the Marquee Tourism Events Program.

"This is exciting news for all involved in the Festival International des Rythmes du Monde," said the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of National Revenue and Minister of State (Agriculture and Agri-Food), on behalf of the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry. "This funding from the Marquee Tourism Events Program highlights our government's recognition of the real impact this festival has on the visitor economy."

"This is very good news! This financial assistance ensures that we will balance our 2009 budget," said Robert Hakim, General Director, Festival International des Rythmes du Monde. "We thank the federal government for supporting our festival, which generates a total economic benefit of $21 million."

Now in its seventh year, the Festival International des Rythmes du Monde celebrates cultural diversity through multi-ethnic music and festivities, showcasing the talents of more than 850 artists and craftspeople from more than 20 countries.

Funding from the Marquee Tourism Events Program will allow the Festival to increase its marketing and promotional efforts and raise its profile in varying international and domestic markets. The Festival also plans to expand its programming by adding new headline performances and further enhance the visitor experience by purchasing new equipment.

The Government of Canada's Marquee Tourism Events Program is investing $100 million over two years to assist events such as this one across the country. This program will help organizers expand the reach of their events and promote Canada as a must-see tourist destination to visitors from around the globe.

The Marquee Tourism Events Program is one of several tourism-related programs announced in Canada's Economic Action Plan. These programs provide measures to support Canada's economy, stimulate the growth of tourism and contribute to the development of Canada's visitor economy over the long term. They include the following:

- $150 million over two years for national parks and historic sites; and

- $40 million over two years to the Canadian Tourism Commission for domestic and international marketing.

For more information, please visit the Marquee Tourism Events Program website (http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/dsib-tour.nsf/eng/home) or the Canada's Economic Action Plan website (http://www.actionplan.gc.ca/eng/index.asp).


BACKGROUNDER

The Marquee Tourism Events Program (MTEP)

Canada's Economic Action Plan provides $100 million in funding over two years for marquee tourism events that draw a significant number of tourists to Canada.

Marquee tourism events provide significant cultural, sporting and recreational opportunities for Canadians and attract national and international audiences to all parts of the country. Support for these events contributes to Canada's visitor economy by sustaining or increasing the level of tourism and tourism-related spending that benefits hotels, restaurants and a variety of small and medium-sized businesses.

As a result, the Marquee Tourism Events Program (MTEP) will provide funding to support annually recurring, world-class events that generate significant levels of tourism and that aim to attract a significant amount of international media attention to Canada as a tourism destination. Events must be well-established and have a tradition of programming excellence.

The Government of Canada recognizes that tourism is an important driver of economic activity in all regions of Canada and that further expansion of Canada's tourism industry can increase tourism export revenues and provide stimulus to the economy at a critical time.

The program requirements are strict and targeted. All interested applicants for the MTEP must demonstrate how their event will contribute to the objectives of the program to help events deliver enhanced world-class programs and experiences, thereby increasing or sustaining the number of tourists from within and outside Canada. If funding is provided, all applicants will be required to provide annual audited financial statements for the years in which funding is received and the two years following the completion of the proposed project. An independent study examining the economic impact of the funding is also required. Applicants will also be subject to monitoring and independent audits for the funds received.

The economic impact of the tourism industry is significant, representing 2 percent of Canada's gross domestic product, over 662 900 jobs in all regions across the country and $20 billion in government revenues.

Canada's Economic Action Plan is intended to stimulate the economy and invest in our long-term growth. The tourism initiatives in this plan lay out a framework for branding Canada as a tourism destination of choice for domestic and international visitors.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Tony Clement
    Minister of Industry
    Laryssa Waler
    A/Press Secretary
    613-995-9001
    or
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations
    613-943-2502