The Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce will host Tourism Minister Mélanie Joly at a luncheon on May 23. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

Penticton chamber to host federal tourism minister

Minister Mélanie Joly will discuss building tourism and economic growth

The federal tourism minister is making a stop in Penticton next week to dicuss tourism and economic growth.

The Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce will host Tourism Minister Mélanie Joly at a luncheon on May 23. The minister will speak about Canada’s new federal tourism strategy and how it intends to create jobs and economic growth, according to the release.

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“We are pleased to have the Minister of Tourism visit Penticton just before we enter our busy tourist season,” said Nicole Clark, chamber president in a press release. “The City of Penticton represents a broad spectrum of tourism business stakeholders.”

Elected Member of Parliament for Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Que. in 2015, Joly served as minister of Canadian heritage from 2015 to 2018. She was named a minister of tourism, official languages and La Francophonie in 2018. She earned an honours bachelor of law from Université de Montréal and ran for mayor of Montreal in 2013.

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The lunch will be held at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m., with lunch at noon. Joly will give a presentation at 12:30 p.m. A question-and-answer period will follow. The event is open to the public and tickets are $29.

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