The Bonavista Institute for Cultural Tourism is a leading-edge centre for professional development in the Cultural Tourism sector in Atlantic Canada focused on assisting tourism operators and cultural providers in delivering world-class visitor experiences.
Cultural tourism is a rapidly growing sector of the global tourism industry, averaging 15% growth per year as travellers seek out new learning and entertaining experiences that are unique to the place they are visiting. It has tremendous potential in Atlantic Canada and in order to reach this potential, it is essential appropriate training be provided to support the present industry, to encourage the development of creative new initiatives and to assure the authenticity and integrity of future product development.
The course (Culinary Tourism and the Arts) that was put on by the Bonavista Institute not only re-ignited our interest in tourism in Newfoundland and Labrador but allowed us to synthesize what we wanted to accomplish within the tourism industry, what our niche was and how to incorporate the cultural component. For that we have you to thank for visiting us and getting us to register and go – for that we can be forever thankful.
Dale Cameron and Todd Warren, Baccalieu Hospitality Group Inc., Inn By The Bay, George House Heritage Bed and Breakfast, Dildo, Newfoundland