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Lunenburg County will host Nova Scotia 55 + Games September 2017

For Immediate Release: July 2016

Contact: Joanne Cooper, Chair, EVENTS Lunenburg County Board

EVENTS Lunenburg County SPECIAL COMMUNITY EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT July 30, 2016

EVENTS Lunenburg County will be making an exciting community event announcement at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre at 12 noon on July 30, 2016.

EVENTS Lunenburg County, to date, has won two major event bids. The World Sledge Hockey Challenge held over 5 days in January 2016 attracted more than 10,000 fans. The event hosted capacity crowds and broke both LCLC and Hockey Canada’s attendance records. The athletes, support people and family and media filled Lunenburg County hotels. More than 100 volunteers were deployed to make this Hockey Canada event a success. Media coverage included TSN and many radio stations, national and international TV spots and social media.

Lunenburg County will host Nova Scotia 55 + Games September 2017. An estimated 800+ athletes will take part in the games over 3 days. The athletes and supporters will have an economic impact to all Lunenburg businesses in the county. EVENT Lunenburg County will support member businesses by featuring and referring whenever possible. The Canada 55 + Games is a national program to sponsor wellness – spiritual, mental and physical wellbeing among Canadians 55 years of age and older.

EVENTS Lunenburg County is led by business for business, to promote Lunenburg County as a venue for new event opportunities. EVENTS Lunenburg County has submitted bids for major sporting and music events and continually seeks new opportunities to provide economic growth to our area.

EVENTS Lunenburg County is supported by businesses and community. Member businesses are given first opportunity to provide services like hotel rooms, restaurant and catering and other event services. Services of a professional to prepare bids on members’s behalf, support of staff and volunteers and social media are available to members. Member Businesses can be found on EVENTS Lunenburg County website and FaceBook page.

The volunteer board meet monthly and is headed by Joanne Cooper of Bridgewater Best Western.

Tourism Research Services reported in 2010 that tourism contributed $2 billion to NS economy. This includes $366 million spent in restaurants, $354 million spent on transportation and $332 million for accommodations.