Tourist bureau ready for flood of visitors here

“Are we ready? Yes, we are [and] we expect to be fairly busy,” Jane Johnstone, manager of the Ontario Information Centre here, said last night in anticipation of the flow of Americans coming across for the opening of walleye season this weekend.
“They’ll be looking for information on new fishing regulations, which there is, [and] all the new tourism literature we get in every year,” noted Johnstone, who is also North region team leader for the travel centres in Rainy River, Kenora, and Pigeon River.
“And the [American] exchange rate is very high so it should be a banner year [for tourism],” she predicted.
But Johnstone anticipated the U.S. Memorial Day holiday weekend (May 27-29) would see even more traffic flowing in from across the border.
Meanwhile, in celebration of Tourism Week (May 19-26), the Travel Information Centre will host a open house–complete with a cake-cutting and barbecue–on Friday, May 26 at noon.
Joe Spina, parliamentary assistant to Tourism minister Cam Jackson, is expected to be on hand for the festivities.
“We hope that Mr. Spina will be flipping some burgers that day,” said Johnstone.
Also on hand will be NDP leader and local MPP Howard Hampton as well as Fort Frances Mayor Glenn Witherspoon. Manning display booths will include Stacey Bruyere, curator of the Manitou Mounds, and the Fort Frances O.P.P.
“We’re hoping people will come out, especially when Mr. Spina is here,” Johnstone noted.