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Local tourism returning to pre-pandemic levels: Museum  

The past summer was a good one for those in North Hastings who rely on a strong tourism industry. And there’s hope that next year’s will be even better. 

That from Mary Kavanagah of the Bancroft North Hastings Heritage Museum, which now doubles as the Town’s Tourism Centre. 

She says she was pleased that Bancroft council, on Tuesday, voted to support a request to Hastings County for $30,000 next year to continue tourism-booting efforts.  Council also voted to consider $20,000 Bancroft tax dollars for the centre-museum when it prepares next year’s municipal budget. 

A letter to council from Museum board chair Alan Woodcox said he believes 3,500 people visited the location, off Station Street, this summer. Kavanagah says that number suggests North Hastings is getting back to pre-pandemic tourism numbers.  

She says the Hastings County request is to pay for a summer student and an additional outdoor tourism kiosk. The Bancroft request, she says, is not unusual, as the town often devotes money for tourism promotion.  

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