INVERNESS: The federal government has committed to investing $2 million in Cabot Golf to help the Inverness-based golf resort expand operations at Cabot Cliffs.

“Nova Scotia’s tourism industry had its best year in history in 2017 and its fourth consecutive year of growth,” said Rodger Cuzner, Parliamentary Secretary for Employment, Workforce Development and Labour and MP for Cape Breton-Canso.

“The celebrated golf courses at Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs are part of a phenomenal performance for Cape Breton tourism operators drawing thousands of international visitors. We will continue to make smart, strategic investments to ensure Canada’s tourism industry is truly world-class.”

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Cuzner made the announcement on June 1 at Cabot Links.

The project is being funded through ACOA’s Business Development Program, which supports small and medium-sized enterprises and not-for-profit organizations that provide support to Atlantic businesses. The repayable contribution will help Cabot Links broaden its appeal for families, non-golfers and corporate groups, and improve the experience for golfers.

Cabot will add spa facilities, high-end culinary services and tennis courts at Cabot Cliffs at Broad Cove. Nearly 300 people currently work at Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs golf courses and the project will create an additional 50 full-time positions.

The expansion will strengthen Cabot’s international reputation as a luxury golf destination, bringing more visitors to Cape Breton.

“We are extremely grateful for ACOA’s support in this next phase of development at Cabot, which represents a major growth opportunity for our resort,” said Ben Cowan-Dewar, co-owner of Cabot Links.

“Not only will this phase have a positive impact on our guests and their overall experience, but also our surrounding community by way of creating more job opportunities in the area.”

This investment builds on commitments made by the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic Provinces to drive economic growth in the region through the Atlantic Growth Strategy by supporting the tourism industry to attract more visitors and create new jobs across the region, a release from the federal government read.

In 2016, Golf Digest rated Cabot Cliffs the best new course globally. In January 2018, Cabot Cliffs was listed as No. 9 in Golf Digest’s World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses list and Cabot Links was ranked No. 43.

“The Government of Canada is marketing Atlantic Canada as a tourism destination of choice,” said Bains. “By building on their strengths – the experiences and products they offer – tourism operators are providing value to their guests who are increasingly looking for distinctive experiential opportunities while on vacation.

“Golfing at Cabot Cliffs is a unique and compelling draw for Canadian and international visitors alike.”