The Richmond Night Market is receiving $1 million through newly-announced provincial tourism funding.
Night market among new tourism grant recipients
Published 11:41 PDT, Fri July 23, 2021
The Richmond Night Market is one of more than 80 attractions and tour bus operators in B.C. that are receiving support funding from the provincial government.
"We are so thankful that the government listened and provided support," said Raymond Cheung, the night market’s owner and organizer. "This grant comes at exactly the right time. We have just reopened today, and having this funding will help us reopen safely and make sure we can continue to provide a great summer experience for years to come."
The province’s anchor attractions play an important role in its economy by drawing visitors to communities and supporting local small businesses throughout the province. Tour bus companies are a key link to bring travellers to many of the regional destinations, attractions and experiences.
"Today is an exciting day for our major anchor attractions that, because of the restrictions that have been in place throughout the pandemic, made sacrifices to keep us all safe," said Tourism Minister Melanie Mark. "The sector called on government to provide grants, not loans, and we worked with tourism sector leaders to make sure these vital businesses and non-profits can continue to employ residents and draw visitors to attractions throughout B.C."
The Major Anchor Attractions Program, first announced in May 2021, was one of the seven calls to action from the Tourism Task Force. Grants of up to $1 million will be provided to both businesses and not-for-profits, including 23 urban anchor attractions, 34 rural anchor attractions and 26 tour bus operators.
Other recipients include Butchart Gardens, International Dragon Boat Festival, the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE), Sea to Sky Gondola, Science World, HR MacMillan Space Centre, Big White Ski Resort, Britannia Mine Museum, Hells Gate Airtram and Wilson's Transportation.
Organizations can use the grants to pay for rent and utilities, payroll and costs related to restarting or ramping up operations and other business expenses that will help them recover from the impacts of the pandemic.
"The Richmond Night Market is an important hub in our community, welcoming people from all over the Lower Mainland and beyond,” said Richmond-Queensborough MLA Aman Singh. “Our government has been working with the tourism sector throughout the pandemic, and I'm proud we are providing this support so it can continue to operate attractions and tour buses in our communities."