EBR host Atlantic Canada Tourism Partnership

10 October 2007

The East Border Region Committee were delighted to host a delegation from the Atlantic Canada Tourism Partnership and the newly appointed Canadian Ambassador, Mr Pat Binns to Ireland to an evening reception in Carlingford last night (Wednesday 10th October).

The Atlantic Canada Tourism Partnership (ACTP) is a nine-member pan Atlantic partnership comprised of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the four Atlantic Canada Tourism Industry Associations and the four Provincial departments responsible for tourism in Atlantic Canada. The fourteen strong delegation included Deputy Ministers of Tourism, high level Senior Officials and Private Sector leaders, including the C.E.O. of the Greater Moncton International Airport.

The purpose of the delegations visit to the East Border Region was part of a best practice mission aiming to expose the delegation to successful tourism partnerships, operators/entrepreneurs and outstanding products on the island of Ireland. The East Border Region Committee were delighted when the delegation informed them that when researching their mission the East Border Region Tourism Partnership showed up on an internet search as an example of best practice. Indeed this is testament to the success of our the East Border Region Tourism Partnership.

During the meal the delegation and the Ambassador were given a flavour what the East Border Region has to offer via informative video, navigational tour of the ‘Enjoy EBR’ website ( and the highly innovative East Border Region podcasts.

His Excellency Mr Pat Binns, Canadian Ambassador was delighted with the reception provided by EBR “I am delighted to be here tonight in the picturesque village of Carlingford at this my first engagement in the East Border Region as Canadian Ambassador. Your successful partnership model coupled with a similar product match to that of Atlantic Canada and similar challenges facing the regions’ tourism industry made the East Border Region an ideal destination for a best practices mission for this group”.

Councillor Michael Carr, Chairman of the East Border Region Committee thanked the delegation and the Ambassador for choosing to spend an evening with the EBR Tourism Partnership during their busy schedule and welcomed further such best practice meetings, “from reading your impressive Organisation profile we certainly hope to take advantage of this opportunity to learn from you and to build on our international links. Through working together collaboratively I have no doubt we can help strengthen the tourism potential in each others Regions and build on the many friendships we have developed here tonight”.

The successful evening drew to a close with our Canadian visitors heading off to sample some of the delights Carlingford and the East Border Region had to offer before heading North on their best practice mission the next morning.

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