City will look at tourism’s future

Cornwall and The Counties Tourism employees including Executive Director Linda Wilson, second from right, and President Linda Halladay, far right, listen to county council discuss severing funding to the agency Monday, May 16, 2016. The county has decided to do its own tourism marketing, starting in 2017. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – With Cornwall and the Counties Tourism (CCT) losing a sizable portion of its funding, the city will be looking at the future of the organization.

Coun. David Murphy said the city has visits but we don’t have a single big attraction. β€œIn it’s current form, I don’t think it (CCT) can continue,” Murphy said.

The second-term councillor wants to see cost projections as well.

The United Counties recently decided to pull its $83,000 funding for CCT after the end of this year.

The talk around the council table Tuesday night was to possibly bring tourism under the city’s economic development umbrella.

Several councillors, including Maurice Dupelle and Bernadette Clement, expressed disappointment to see the county pull its funding.

Coun. Elaine MacDonald wondered how the economic development department would do its own job as well as tourism and was hopeful that would be in the report.

The staff report will be coming back to council June 27, 2016.