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Lennox Island program nominated for international tourism award

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    Lennox Island program nominated for international tourism award By The Summerside Journal Pioneer
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      Lennox Island program nominated for international tourism award
      By The Summerside Journal Pioneer

      LENNOX ISLAND - The Lennox Island Aboriginal Ecotourism Program is the first tourism operation from Atlantic Canada to be nominated for the prestigious International Responsible Tourism Award.

      Even being nominated for the award is expected to help boost Lennox Island's reputation as a tourism destination.

      The nomination recognizes the community's focus on eco-tourism. The program is based on the community's 10-year Aboriginal Ecotourism Plan, which was commissioned in 1999. The goals of the program are to protect and strengthen the ecology and culture of Lennox Island and to contribute to the community's economic growth.

      Having started with the opening of the Lennox Island Mi'kmaq Cultural Centre, the program offers a wide range of interpretive programming and is attracting an increasing number of visitors.

      The next stage of the program, explains Jesse Francis, manager of the ecotourism program, calls for the construction of a walking trail to circle Lennox Island and a multi-purpose trailhead centre.

      The Responsible Tourism Award will be presented during the 15th annual Educational Travel Conference in Los Angeles, Calif., Feb. 22-24. The announcement on the winner of the award, however, is expected to be made soon.

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