TOURISM, CULTURE AND HERITAGE–Sydney’s Cruise Pavilion PromotesCape Breton Visitors to Sydney’s new cruise pavilion will soon be learningabout the culture, heritage and tourist attractions of CapeBreton Island. Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister, Rodney MacDonald,announced today, March 4, an investment of $259,800 for theSydney Ports Corporation to develop and enhance interpretativecomponents within the new Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion. The interpretation project will complement a major renovationrecently undertaken at the port. “This support will help provide visitors with a first look atCape Breton’s natural beauty, diverse heritage and world renownedmusic,” said Mr. MacDonald. “It will help entice visitors tospend more time and take full advantage of all the island has tooffer.” The one-time grant will be used to complete a Cape Breton Islandinterpretive facility within the larger pavilion, which includesdevelopment and enhancement of interpretive exhibits, andcompletion of the Lighthouse Theatre. “This interpretation project will not only serve as a touristattraction for Sydney, but will also enable us to present therich culture and heritage of Cape Breton,” said Stephen Kavanagh,chair of the Sydney Ports Corporation. Today’s investment is part of $15 million in funding announced byMr. MacDonald in December 2004. That funding is designed to helpboost Nova Scotia’s tourism industry in the areas of marketing,product development, and regional tourism initiatives.