Welcome to the Bonavista Institute for Cultural Tourism
The Bonavista Institute for Cultural Tourism is a leading-edge centre for professional development in the Cultural Tourism sector in Atlantic Canada focused on assisting tourism operators and cultural providers in delivering world-class visitor experiences.
Cultural tourism is a rapidly growing sector of the global tourism industry, averaging 15% growth per year as travellers seek out new learning and entertaining experiences that are unique to the place they are visiting. It has tremendous potential in Atlantic Canada and in order to reach this potential, it is essential appropriate training be provided to support the present industry, to encourage the development of creative new initiatives and to assure the authenticity and integrity of future product development.
I was very pleased to be able to attend the BICT conference last November in Trinity. It was an excellent event. The range of speakers was very well chosen: each one was relevant, well spoken and interesting. (Of course, the food, the locale and the entertainment were great too!) I met some great people and got lots of ideas for future projects.
Anne Manual, Executive Director, Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador (Conference)
As part of my dissertation research I was able to attend the Bonavista Cultural Institute for Cultural Tourism Conference in November 2009. Not only was the roster of speakers excellent and informative, the venue, locally catered meals, and entertainment combined to make it a very personal and unforgettable experience. Further, through the interactive aspects of the conference I was able to make contact with experts in my field of study whom I can consult during the research and writing of my PhD thesis.
Emily Urquhart, PhD Candidate
Insightful, jammed packed with captivating presenters who shared a myriad of experiences that encompassed cultural tourism perspectives from local to global in nature. This course was definitely worthwhile and valuable. Topics presented were excellent, relevant and helped broaden the understanding of the various aspects of cultural tourism locally, provincially and nationally.
Sheila Kelly-Blackmore, General Manager
The Bonavista Institute for Cultural Tourism presented a comprehensive and interactive conference program in a beautiful setting. The speakers, conference location and overall experience and interaction with colleagues from across the region was invigorating and exhilarating! … and the food was awesome.
Bernard Burton, Executive Director
Having attended the first offering of this course, I can say that it was an eye-opening experience for me. By participating in cultural events on the Bonavista Peninsula along with group learning activities, I was able to transfer this understanding to work I was already doing. Have fun learning in Bonavista and go home with a whole new perspective and new skills to help develop tourism offerings in your region or in your business.
Anne St. Croix
Having done the program… I was energized and now ready to work on my own cultural tourism destination project here with all the people in the region… to develop Cupids and the surrounding area as a cultural tourism destination.
Kathi Stacey, Cultural Tourism Specialist
The course (Culinary Tourism and the Arts) that was put on by the Bonavista Institute not only re-ignited our interest in tourism in Newfoundland and Labrador but allowed us to synthesize what we wanted to accomplish within the tourism industry, what our niche was and how to incorporate the cultural component. For that we have you to thank for visiting us and getting us to register and go – for that we can be forever thankful.
Dale Cameron and Todd Warren, Baccalieu Hospitality Group Inc., Inn By The Bay, George House Heritage Bed and Breakfast, Dildo, Newfoundland
Dale Cameron and Todd Warren, Baccalieu Hospitality Group Inc.