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Tourism PEI to host 2013 GoMedia Canada Marketplace September 8-12

August 27, 2013
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Tourism PEI to host 2013 GoMedia Canada Marketplace September 8-12

Tourism and Culture

Over 125 travel media from all over the world will descend on Charlottetown next month for the annual GoMedia Canada Marketplace, and Prince Edward Island’s tourism industry stands to benefit, says Minister of Tourism and Culture Robert Henderson.

“Given the upcoming 2014 celebrations, there has never been a better time for our province to host this important annual event,” said Minister Henderson. “GoMedia Marketplace brings together travel writers, journalists, bloggers and photographers from all over the world as well as representatives from destinations across Canada in an effort to promote the country to potential visitors. It’s the first time the event will be held anywhere east of Quebec City and, since it’s being held here on the Island, it will give travel media the opportunity to explore our beautiful province, share that beauty with the world and learn about all the events and activities taking place in 2014.”

Minister Henderson was also quick to point out that the construction of the new Prince Edward Island Convention Centre was a key factor in bringing the event to the Island.

The province and PEI 2014 Inc. have invested a total of $300,000 to bring the event to Prince Edward Island.

GoMedia is produced annually by the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC). It will be held in Charlottetown from September 8 to12, 2013. The event also offers media the chance to experience a variety of pre and post tours across the country. The CTC, in partnership with 2013 hosts Tourism PEI, will promote the province alongside other Canadian destinations.

“GoMedia is a wonderful opportunity for our travel partners to meet with Canadian and international media face to face. Through the event itself, as well as the wonderful pre and post media tours that several provinces and territories have organized, media walk away with a roster full of inspiring Canadian story ideas,” says Ernst Flach, Executive Director of Global Communications with the CTC. “The CTC, Tourism PEI and all of our partners have been hard at work preparing for this event. Everyone is in for a wonderful experience on Canada’s ‘million-acre farm.’“

For more information about the event, please visit the GoMedia website at: GoMedia Canada Marketplace

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Media Contact: Andrew Sprague

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West Point

Each summer a close group of friends and I make a point to spend a weekend in West Point, PEI, and each year we are more thrilled with our time than the last. Some of the highlights are the quiet beaches populated by you alone, the wind turbines that punctuate the beautiful landscape and farmland, the incredible rocky red cliffs that line the shores, and of course, the iconic West Point lighthouse – this place has got it all! But this year’s top prize for the greatest West Point attraction easily goes to the remarkable sunset we experienced on the West Point beach one evening… and I mean jaw-dropping, can’t-believe-it’s-real, brings-tears-to-your-eyes remarkable!

Woman walking on the West Point Trail boardwalk

We were spending the night at the Cedar Dunes Provincial Park campground in anticipation of sleeping under the West Point starry night sky that we have come to love over the years. We were thrilled to learn that our campsite was only a few minutes walk away from the lighthouse and miles of beautiful beach that we had all to ourselves for the entire evening.

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Travel + Leisure

Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2013 logo

In July 2013, Travel + Leisure magazine announced that Prince Edward Island has been named #5 on its World’s Best survey. This is a major honor that we are very proud of. There are many excellent reasons for our high standing, including: our magnificent landscapes and seascapes – miles and miles of broad, sandy beaches, lighthouses, coastal trails, parklands, and campgrounds – our warm hospitality, our famous Island cuisine, our spirited Island culture – the list goes on and on. Come see for yourself, check out the countless sensational, memorable ingredients that make us one of Travel + Leisure’s “hottest island getaways.”

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Setting Day

On Prince Edward Island, we love our lobster.

Lobster fishing has been deeply rooted in Island culture for over 100 years and Setting Day marks the opening day of the lobster season each Spring. It’s a tradition among many Island families (mine included) to wake-up before dawn, go to the harbour to watch the fishers as they leave the wharf and head for the fishing grounds to set their traps.

Lobster boats loaded wth traps at the Wharf PEI Culinary Adventrues boat

Growing up on Prince Edward Island, I have been on countless lobster boats but never on Setting Day. Every Islander knows that on Setting Day, the fishers are too busy and boats are too weighted down to ever take an extra person — especially one who isn’t there to help. So, naturally, when Chef Ross of PEI Culinary Adventures invited me along to take part in this event, I was thrilled.

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PEI International Shellfish Festival – Line Up Announced

(Charlottetown, PE – August 22, 2013) Take a generous portion of authentic tastes and traditions. Blend with a heaping helping of succulent shellfish, then combine to produce the biggest kitchen party in Atlantic Canada.

Going into its 18th year, the Prince Edward Island International Shellfish Festival is excited to announce a stellar entertainment line up. “We have compiled the best acts in Atlantic Canada to bring you the largest East Coast Kitchen Party,” says Liam Dolan, Festival Chair. “Be prepared to dance the night away in the big white tent at the Charlottetown Event Grounds.” Kicking off the Festival on Friday September 13th is The Trews, a Canadian hard rock band from Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Coming up to their 10th anniversary of their debut studio album, the foursome has received a truckload of Juno Award nominations and East Coast Music Award and Independent Music Award wins, and a couple of gold records. Opening up for The Trews is Bang On The Ear, a Celtic folk rock band back for a second year to rock the tent.

Joining the party on Saturday September 14th is Signal Hill, a popular Atlantic Canadian band born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia and performing across Canada. Taking the stage to open for Signal Hill is a local Charlottetown-based band performing a variety of classics to brand new chart toppers, Sunday Punch. Also expect are lively performances by Celtic Ladies and Men, Eastern Front featuring Joey Kitson, Eddie Quinn, Boys In The Kitchen & The Chaisson Family.

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Travel website names Basin Head best beach in Canada

July 10, 2013
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Travel website names Basin Head best beach in Canada

Tourism and Culture

Canadian travel website vacay.ca has named Basin Head Provincial Park beach the best beach in Canada, says Minister of Tourism and Culture Robert Henderson.

“Basin Head Provincial Park beach has long been a favourite among Islanders and visitors alike,” said Minister Henderson. “Our beaches are well known across Canada and around the world for their relatively warm water and beautiful white sand. They are also a key part of our marketing plan, and a big reason why visitors choose to come here, so this award couldn’t have been better timed.”

The website recognized Basin Head for having the warmest water north of Florida and for its famous singing sands. It also made note of the excellent on-site facilities, services and the nearby Basin Head Fisheries Museum.

Other beaches in the top ten included Wasaga Beach near Toronto and Ingonish Beach in Cape Breton.

To view the full list of the 10 best Canadian beaches, visit http://vacay.ca/2013/06/top-10-beaches-in-canada.

For up to date conditions at all provincial park beaches including Basin Head, visit www.tourismpei.com/beachreports.

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Media Contact: Andrew Sprague

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Named top Island destination by major travel magazine

July 3, 2013
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Prince Edward Island named top Island destination by major travel magazine

Tourism and Culture

Readers of Travel and Leisure Magazine have named Prince Edward Island the top Island getaway in continental North America and the fifth best Island destination in the world, says Minister of Tourism and Culture Robert Henderson.

“It’s a real honour to be included on the list and to see the industry recognized in such a big way by the readers of Travel and Leisure Magazine,” says Minister of Tourism and Culture Robert Henderson. “Government and industry have worked very hard for decades to make Prince Edward Island a world-class destination for tourists. To see Prince Edward Island included on the same list as Maui, Santorini and the Galapagos Islands in an American publication is a testament to the excellent product we’ve built over the years, and it speaks volumes about all our hard work.”

In 2012, readers of Travel and Leisure were invited to participate in a questionnaire designed to score individual destinations on things like natural attractions, food, people, activities and overall value. This isn’t the first time Prince Edward Island was recognized by the magazine; it also ranked the Island number one among North American islands in 2003.

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