Season’s Greetings from Cruise Newfoundland & Labrador
2011 has been another successful year for the cruise industry in Newfoundland and Labrador. Close to 35,000 passengers and crew visited our ports with 76 port calls. 21 ships were represented by 16 cruise lines. As we look back on 2011, we have many milestones of which to be proud!
Cruise Vision Award
The Labrador Straits Cruise Committee was presented with the Cruise Vision Award for 2011 at the Hospitality NL Tourism Summit. Their planning and delivery of a very successful and new cruise port program in Red Bay, Labrador was exemplary!
Half a Million Visitors
Newfoundland and Labrador welcomed more than a half-million non-resident visitors to the province. “The extraordinary milestone of a half-million visitors is a testament to the provincial Governments continuing focus on strategically marketing this province as a global destination.” Honorable Terry French, Former Minister of Tourism, Cultural and Recreation, Newfoundland and Labrador
Committed to TransAtlantic North
Newfoundland and Labrador, Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and the Orkney Islands reaffirmed their commitment to the Cruise Islands of the North Atlantic (CINA) – The only regional association in the world dedicated to the marketing and promotion of TransAtlantic North cruise itineraries!
Parks Canada: 100 Years!
Parks Canada celebrated its 100th
birthday! Its establishment in 1911 was the first national parks service in the world, and this year Parks Canada’s national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas from coast to coast will join in the nation-wide celebration to make the centennial anniversary.
International Exploration Cruise Forum
The International Exploration Cruise Forum held October 12-14, 2011, was a huge success! There were a hundred and fifteen delegates in attendance from across Newfoundland and Labrador, several International Cruise Line Executives and twenty students from the College of the North Atlantic.
Department of Innovation, Business and Rural Development, contributed significantly to ensure all regions of the province were well represented at the Forum. Delegates gained the proper tools to develop our ports and products, and learned best practices from cruise line executives and key industry stakeholders. The forum was a valuable resource for our members to ensure we do our part to grow the cruise industry within our province.
We would like to thank all of you for all your hard work and support promoting Newfoundland and Labrador as a unique and exciting cruise destination.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of Cruise Newfoundland and Labrador, I would like to wish you a warm and happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year.
Chair, Cruise Newfoundland and Labrador
Marine Institute to Highlight Marine Safety through Titanic Simulation
Next summer the public will experience a 100-year old story, the Titanic and her maiden voyage, thanks to a simulation created by the Marine Institute’s Centre for Marine Simulation (CMS).
As part of the Titanic centenary, the Centre will develop a simulation, which will include a numerical model of the cruise ship to be used on the Centre’s full motion bridge simulator allowing people to sail on Titanic. Participants will also learn about the numerous changes in marine safety procedures and technology that came about because of the loss of Titanic. Onboard, ship to ship, and ship to shore communications will be an important facet of the simulation. The breakdown, the misunderstanding, and the final desperate realization of the magnitude of the disaster will also be captured and presented using the facilities and equipment at CMS.
The Marine Institute is the largest marine education and applied research facility in Canada with an international reputation as a leader in developing and delivering advanced marine safety training. CMS offers the largest and most comprehensive suite of marine simulation capacity in Canada. The facility services the offshore oil and shipping sectors by developing highly accurate simulation and modelling of harsh marine environments and using its equipment to allow for training, mission rehearsal and operations assessments.
NL Tourism wins two Canadian Tourism Awards!
The 2011 Canadian Tourism Awards, presented by the Toronto Star, proved successful for Newfoundland and Labrador!
Fairmont Hotels and Resorts Marketing Campaign of the Year Award
Find Yourself – Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism
Westjet Social Media Initiative of the Year Award
48 Half Hours Contest – Newfoundland and Labrador (NL)
About the Canadian Tourism Awards
The Canadian Tourism Awards were established in 2003 to recognize success, leadership and innovation in Canada's tourism industry, and to honour those people, places, organizations and events that have gone above and beyond to offer superior visitor experiences to travelers in Canada. Showcasing the nation's best tourism products, services and experiences, the Canadian Tourism Awards ceremony has become an annual highlight of The Tourism Congress, TIAC's annual convention.
Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre – a must see in Conception Bay South
Newfoundland and Labrador is widely-recognized for its fossil discoveries. Finds of trilobite fossils in the Manuels River have earned international attention. They are exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and the Museum of Natural History in Geneva, Switzerland.
“The addition of the Interpretation Centre to the town underscores our designation of the Manuels River Linear Park as a Heritage Site. The Centre will become a hub of community activity and a draw for visitors. This is a proud moment for our town and we are honored to be part of it,” said Conception Bay South Mayor Woodrow French.
When it opens, the centre will become the signature attraction for the Town of Conception Bay South. It will be a resource for primary, secondary and post secondary students as well as for tourists and the general public. Creative exhibits are already being planned that will explore geology and earth sciences, ecology, biology and the natural history of Manuels River and the surrounding river valley. Class units for students K-12 will be combined with live field exercises specifically designed to motivate and encourage students to consider careers in science and engineering. Space will also be provided to scientific researchers, particularly those who wish to study the unique Manuels River trilobite fossils. Residents and visitors will be able to enjoy both scheduled and self guided tours of the centre and an enhanced trail system for the Manuels River Linear Park.
Manuels River Natural Heritage Society also announced the launching of a multimillion dollar fundraising campaign to ensure the entire “Manuels River Experience” including the centre and the Linear Park and trail system are properly developed and sustainable for future generations.
Project completion is targeted for as early as the Fall of 2012.
The Holiday Season on the Edge...
Cruise Newfoundland and Labrador has made a donation to our local food bank in lieu of Christmas cards. We wish each and every one of you a happy, healthy and warm holiday season.
“For the spirit of Christmas fulfills the greatest hunger of mankind.”
~Loring A. Schuler
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