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TOURISM SURGES IN TWILLINGATE
August 17, 2001
{Author: eBerg Staff}




  When French fishermen first visited the Twillingate area in 1650, they likely had no idea this rugged land would become Newfoundland's premier tourist destination.

Community volunteers in the area have steadily built strategic tourism infrastructure to complement the parade of icebergs, majestic breaching whales and rich culture that have become the area's calling cards.

The Twillingate-New World Island-Change Islands Development Association undertook some renovations to the Visitor's Information Cente parking lot and did some landscaping and visitations this summer increased accordingly.

"Apparently this area is having a more successful tourism season than any other area of the
Province," explained Kim Young of the development association. "Our statistics are way up from last year. In fact, we've almost tripled visitations to our centre from last year. In July alone, we had 1,732 visitors through our centre."

Over the winter, the association developed a day park at Herring Neck, as well as the Pike's Arm Museum and Lookout.
In a survey of visitors undertaken by the association, tourists were asked about their major motivator for visiting the area - and the results confirm what we all know: Twillingate is a haven for two of Newfoundland's best known natural icons.

"Survey participants indicated the major reasons for visiting this area of the province are to see icebergs and whales," Ms. Young said.

In late July, the Twillingate Islands Tourism Association unveiled the deck, hiking trail and lookout at majestic Long Point. TITA has long pushed to enhance the area and secured money through ACOA to undertake the construction. And with good reason - a vehicle counter at the site has clocked over 24,000 visitors to the lookout.