Scotties, Special Olympics and Memorial Cup get provincial boost

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The province has handed out $4.8 million in grants this year for tourism events, after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Three Kamloops events received a total of $190,000.

A number of events held in the city have received tourism funding from the province.

On Thursday, the province announced it had provided funds to nearly 100 events in British Columbia to help attract tourism in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport, $4.8 million has been set aside this year for such events after a two-year hiatus during the pandemic.

This year’s recipients include three Kamloops events:

• the 2023 Scotties Tournament of Hearts ($75,000);

• BC 2023 Special Olympics Winter Games ($40,000);

• and the 2023 Memorial Cup ($75,000).

Other events in BC that have received funding include: Merritt Rockin’ River Fest ($200,000), Shmbhala Music Festival ($200,000), Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival ($99,800) , Just for Laughs Vancouver ($125,000), Vancouver International Jazz Festival ($125,000), BMO Vancouver Marathon ($200,000), Vancouver Sun Run ($105,750) and more.

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