Village News

The Week to be a Tourist

  • Gary Dyck, Blog Coordinator
  • Executive Director, MHV

The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce is providing a 50% rebate on several hotels and museums (including the Mennonite Heritage Village – MHV) until May 16th. In addition, the Steinbach Chamber is inviting you to post your pictures visiting local tourism businesses on Facebook or Instagram, tagging the Steinbach Chamber. Every post shared will give you a chance to win 1 of 2 incredible local tourism prize packs valued at $150 each!

Why are the business chambers in our community doing this?

Steinbach Chamber’s response: “Tourism provides opportunity for economic activity for our community, drawing visitors to experience our great region! This contributes to overall community wellness and visibility of Steinbach to people both within and outside our region. Significantly, tourism celebrates our heritage and leverages our diversity contributing to a welcoming community – one to visit or call ‘home’.”

The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce answer: “To say that TRIP 2021 was a success would be a huge understatement, because thanks to almost 25,000 Manitobans who took advantage of the rebate, this recovery program had a massive impact on Manitoba’s beleaguered tourism industry,” said Chuck Davidson, President & CEO, Manitoba Chambers of Commerce. “With this new round of TRIP rebates, we’re encouraging Manitobans to get out there this spring to tour our beautiful province while supporting our valuable recreational assets.”

In 2021, TRIP returned $2.2 million in rebates to Manitobans who embarked on adventures, road trips and staycations, filling hotel rooms, taking advantage of specially-designed stay-and-play packages, and bolstering attraction visitation throughout the province. The tracked activity resulted in a total of $5.5 million in direct spending at recreational properties.

“Tracked spending aside, surveyed TRIP participants told us they spent an average of $510 on their trip, for total estimated spending of $11.2 million, representing roughly a 5-to-1 return on investment,” says Davidson. “This program made a huge difference to tourism in Manitoba and we’re excited to be able to do it again.”