Last week’s workshop on the road to shaping the future of the tourism industry in Guysborough County continued to build on the great momentum already underway and saw an equally impressive turnout.
“I am very encouraged by the number, enthusiasm and variety of people coming out to these workshops, especially given the challenges of winter weather” says Ann Marie Bagnall, Chair of the group leading the workshops. “With over 30 attendees at our November workshop held in Larry’s River and similar numbers in Sherbrooke, the participation has been fantastic. Despite the large geographic reach of our county, our ideas and issues are quite similar.”
The group sponsoring these workshops is a partnership of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough, the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s, the Town of Mulgrave, the Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network (ESREN), as well as several other associations and societies.
The facilitator for the process, Stephen Flemming, says “the second workshop held at Sherbrooke also had excellent energy. The work of the participants built on the first workshop held at Larry’s River, resulting in the key ideas for goal statements.” With tentative goals almost drafted, the process will now move to a reflection phase to ensure that other new ideas are brought to bear on the tourism strategy. “It is a pleasure to work with the groups to focus our efforts for the future of tourism in Guysborough County.”
The next meeting will focus on developments in the tourism industry outside of Guysborough County with speakers from a number of organizations. Continuing with the group’s efforts to encourage a broad base of participants, it will be held in Guysborough in early February. If you would like to be kept informed of developments directly, contact Maria Ludlow of ESREN at email@example.com with your contact information.