Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation
Cabot Celebrations - 500th Anniversary
$2,900,000 in funding has been allocated for Cabot 500
celebrations in the 1996-97 budget.
- This includes the $1.2 million in funding for Year of the
Arts. Over 78 projects have been approved by the Nfld and
Lab Arts Council involving over 1,300 artists and
artisans. Projects /events will occur throughout the
province in 1997.
- Over $2 million has been earmarked for the Town of
Bonovista. This money will be used to cover the costs
associated with infrastructure improving and upgrading to
ensure that the Bonavista area is ready to host the
landfall event on June 24, 1997. Considered by many as
the initial discovery site, it will be a focal point for
many of the visitors expected in 1997.
- Volunteer committes throughout the province are
continuing to finalize their plans for the many festivals
and events that will take place in 1997.
- The province expects 60,000 incremental visitors to come
to the province in 1997 resulting in an incremental
economic return of $20- 30 million for the tourist