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first_img $32.8 million was added to the economy by the event. In 2007 a similar event generated $27.5 million. $2.5 million was collected in direct and fuel taxes, up $400,000 from 2007. 94,000 visitors from outside the province attended, compared with 60,000 in 2007. 80,000 visitors at outports in rural Nova Scotia attended, compared with 60,000 in 2007. The Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation, Atlantic Superstore, Halifax Seaport and many other public companies also contributed to the success of the festival with generous support. The Canadian Navy also supported the event by providing barges, boats, harbour security and volunteers. And it will play another large role in a waterfront event this summer. “Halifax will be ‘the place’ to be in Canada during the week of June 28 to July 2,” said Capt. Craig Walkington, Maritime Forces Atlantic Canadian Naval Centennial Co-ordinator. “An international fleet of over 22 visiting naval vessels, accompanied by the Atlantic Canadian Fleet, will assemble in Halifax to formally celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Navy.” There will be a fly-past of the internationally renowned Snowbirds and other maritime aircraft and 5,000 to 7,000 visiting sailors are expected to attend the week-long celebration. Planning for Tall Ships 2009 began more than two years in advance, as more than 40 ships and 2,000 sailors attended the five-day Halifax event. From Halifax, ships visited ports in Lunenburg, Port Hawkesbury, Louisbourg, Sydney, Pictou and Pugwash. The next Tall Ships event is expected to be held in 2012. Waterfront Development Corporation Ltd. is a provincial Crown corporation that manages the provincially owned land along the waterfronts from Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford and Lunenburg. It created the Park After Dark pilot program that provides an affordable, safe alternative for the overnight winter parking ban, and is a presenter of the Waterfront Winterfest, Feb. 26-28. The 2009 Tall Ships event injected $32.8 million into the economy and drew 94,000 out-of-province visitors, the Waterfront Development Corporation Limited said today, Jan. 29. “The Halifax waterfront is the most visited destination in the province and a unique stage for events like Tall Ships,” said Colin MacLean, president and CEO, Waterfront Development Corporation Limited. “We are always impressed with the financial support the events receive, along with the overwhelming dedication from one thousand volunteers to ensure success.” The province, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Halifax Regional Municipality all invested in the event. “The return generated from these events is particularly encouraging given these tough economic times,” said Lenore Zann, ministerial assistant for Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “Tall Ships hold great appeal for Nova Scotians and visitors to our province and are a great example of using our rich and colourful past to create economic benefits today.” “The government of Canada is pleased to have contributed to the Tall Ships success story,” said MP Gerald Keddy, on behalf of Keith Ashfield, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. “This strategic investment through ACOA’s ICF program, helped communities around the province capitalize on, and benefit from, their natural strengths in hosting a major regional tourism initiative like Tall Ships.” Key findings of the economic impact report from TM Solutionsinc and Kelco Consulting Limited include:last_img read more