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Sponsor Spotlight: Cornwall Tourism Development Fund

On October 21, 2023 Aultsville Theatre hosted their first Aultsville LIVE event with the one and only Séan McCann of Great Big Sea Fame bringing his Séan McCann Sings the GREAT BIG Songbook tour to Cornwall.

The evening was a triumphant return to Cornwall for Séan as he graced the stage to an audience of over 500 guests with an evening of nostalgia, humour and inspiration for the crowd.

As the Theatre’s first fundraiser in this post-pandemic world the event raised over $7,000 to be put towards Theatre improvements thanks to the support of our patrons and community.

A pillar of this community support, The Cornwall Tourism Development Fund kindly supported this event to the tune (pun intended!) of $2,500 as our Red-Carpet Sponsor for the evening. These funds helped support the marketing costs associated with the event, and allowed Aultsville Theatre to enter other markets help attract tourists to our fair city.

Aultsville Theatre is tremendously grateful for the support of The Cornwall Tourism Development Fund Board of Directors and all those that joined us on Saturday, October 21st. The evening was a memorable one, that concertgoers are not soon going to forget.

Thank you all for your support and stay tuned for the next iteration of Aultsville LIVE!

About the Tourism Development Fund

The Cornwall Tourism Development Fund (TDF) was established in 2019 to support efforts to grow the tourism economy in the City of Cornwall. The Tourism Development Corporation of Cornwall (TDCC) exists to administer the TDF and support tourism development in the city of Cornwall.  The TDCC is independent of the City of Cornwall municipal government and operates at arms length from it. The TDCC is governed by a Board which is comprised of 3 members who have no direct connection with the tourism industry. It is supported by the advice of the TDF Advisory Committee, whose 11 members have experience with tourism related enterprises and activities.

The TDF is funded by the Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT), charged to visitors on hotel or inn stays at a rate of 4% of the total room cost.  The MAT is collected by the City of Cornwall from the hotels and inns quarterly. The City of Cornwall and the TDCC operate through a service agreement to administer the MAT funds.  The service agreement states that the City will provide 50% of the MAT collected in the previous year, less a 10% administration fee to the TDCC to administer through the TDF. (10% administration fee is collected and retained by the City on the full amount, then the net is divided 50/50 between Cornwall Tourism and the TDCC) The City will also provide the Tourism Coordinator to act as a resource to assist in administering the fund.

For more information, visit Cornwall Tourism's Website