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Smiths Falls wants to revive the area around its old water treatment facility located on the Rideau Canal, which is part of UNESCO’s World Heritage. The city wants to create a new attraction with this site to increase tourism and attract residential and commercial developments. Over 1.4 million people visit the site by land every year and an additional 74,000 boaters use the Rideau Canal annually. A request for qualification will be released on March 9 at MIPIM at booth 1308 (link to map).

“We are for sure the smallest community at MIPIM but we have a vision. As part of the Ontario delegation, we are proud to be seen by the world and we are here to find the best partners to make this project happen. Europeans are used to dealing with UNESCO World Heritage projects and MIPIM is offering us the opportunity to accelerate this initiative.” says Dennis Staples, mayor of Smiths Falls.

The town’s objective is to create a major tourism development that: creates significant and sustainable economic stimulus in the area; is a major attraction for tourists and local citizens; provides a new venue for the arts and cultural activities in the community; and creates new local jobs.

Mayor Staples will be available to discuss possible partnerships with participants interested in the Smiths Falls project, from Tuesday to Friday, at booth 1308.

You can get a copy of the request form on-site or on the website.

Johanne Royer
Communication Expert – Könige communications
Könige communications is a communication agency that distinguishes itself through its strategic communication approach and by its ability to achieve goals by offering clients a range of integrated services, such as communication counselling, branding, web strategies and design, public relations (press relations, speech writing, coaching) and event planning. Johanne Royer is the founding president of Könige communications. She is also the official representative of MIPIM in Canada.




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