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Hotel Feasibility Study in Hanover

Hanover | by Robyn Garvey  

Primary objective is to identify need for lodging in town.

Hanover is taking on a Hotel Feasibility Study.

The Hotel Feasibility Study has been made possible thanks to a 10 thousand dollar government grant from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, which will cover half of the study’s expected cost.

Economic Development Manager April Marshall is thrilled saying the need for such a study was first identified in the 2015 Strategic Plan.

Over the years, Marshall says employers and the public have expressed the need and desire for more accommodation to be available in Town.

She says this is especially true with recent 18 million dollar expansion project at Playtime Casino.

Marshall cites the casino as one example of how tourism is growing in Hanover with an increasing need to accommodate more visitors.

She adds that Grey County is a major tourism driver in Ontario with over a million visitors a year, only half of whom stay overnight.

Having another hotel she says could prove beneficial for the County.

The primary objective of the study is to identify is if there is a need for a hotel in Hanover. 

If a need is identified, Marshall says it could go a long way in opening doors of opportunity to Hanover.

The request for proposal for the market study has gone out with the deadline set for the end of May.

Marshall expects the Hotel Feasibility Study to be complete by Fall.

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