Manitoba tourism industry gets new online resource

A new Manitoba tourism industry Web site that provides marketing information, association news and product information to the province’s 4,300 tourism operators and businesses was launched today.

“This is a useful, interactive tool for tourism businesses and operators,” said Eric Robinson, Manitoba’s minister of culture, heritage and tourism. “I’d like to congratulate the ministerial advisory council and all those who have contributed to the site for the work they have done.”

The Web site is a subscriber-based, interactive resource designed to function as a Manitoba tourism service centre and provide continuously updated information to and for the industry.

Users will be able to:

– Register as a member of the industry;

– Pick up or receive continuously updated market information;

– Receive tourism news; and

– Enter calendar information and association news.

“The tourism industry is increasingly relying on online services to provide up-to-date information and create partnerships and opportunities,” said Doug Stephen, co-chair of the tourism ministerial advisory council. “The government’s commitment to developing this technology helps both the large and small tourism operator be better informed in a competitive world market.”

The industry Web site is part of the province’s strategy to use Internet technology to promote Manitoba as a tourist destination and continue to develop the sector.

The Travel Manitoba site receives more than 250,000 page hits each month.