October 2018 Newsletter

We’re turning over a new leaf

On October 15, Eastman Tourism will be launching a new website. We think you’ll find the site easier to navigate and focused more on the visitor experience. With our two main demographics in mind, Authentic Experiencers and Cultural Explorers, the site is organized based on experiences rather than geography making it easier to plan visits to Eastern Manitoba. With visually appealing photos of the region, the goal is to entice visitors to explore, stay longer and spend more money.

As with any change there will be some growing pains, so please be patient during the transition. October 13 will be our soft launch and by the 15th we should be ready. We welcome your comments on the new site, especially compliments of course.

With the summer festival season coming to a close, we wanted to make a couple suggestions for your festival in 2019. Being a Cultural Explorer and advocate for green tourism, I attended several festivals this summer. What I noticed was that the festivals targeted to the millennial demographic focused on reduce, reuse and recycle. The festivals I attended geared to a baby boomer demographic did not observe all of the 3 Rs. Bottled water is one of the most wasteful of resources at festivals.

Here’s one idea our festivals and events can do to reduce and reuse by encouraging reusable water bottles. We like that this Canadian company saved over 32 million plastic water bottles from ending up in the landfill with their festival water refill stations.

An example of a water refill station.

Did you know that Canada has a green tourism consultant offering practical advice, marketing support and green credibility to help you meet the growing consumer demand for responsible businesses. Visit Green Tourism Canada and find out how you can receive recognition for your green tourism initiatives. They also have a quiz to find out if you’re a sustainable tourism business.

Green tourism will continue to grow across the world so it is our goal to make Eastern Manitoba a leader for this initiative in Manitoba. Tell us what you’re doing to be green.

The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) is hiring a Regional Coordinator for Manitoba. This position focuses on the Indigenous Tourism Strategy in Manitoba. Indigenous applicants are encouraged to apply before October 8, 2018.

Congratulations to all the winners at the Manitoba Tourism Awards. On September 13, Eastern Manitoba was represented by the following winners for their good work in the industry. Winnipeg Folk Fest (Event of the Year Over $5k) and Cris LaBossiere (Volunteer of the Year).

Cris LaBossiere & Jenny Dupas at the 2019 Manitoba Tourism Awards.

Have something to share, we love hearing from you. Tag us #EasternMB or email your news.

Jenny Dupas
Executive Director

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