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Revamped, modern visitor centre coming to the Forks

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The Travel Manitoba visitor centre at The Forks will be undergoing a $2.9-million makeover that will see long-time static displays like a stuffed buffalo replaced with modern, interactive displays and about 2,000 square feet of new office space.

Travel Manitoba president and CEO Colin Ferguson said the centre will be equipped with the latest in interactive display technology that visitors of all ages will be able to use to obtain information about Manitoba’s various tourist attractions.

"The building will not only welcome visitors but bring these experiences to life," he added.

Details of the makeover, which will get underway in earnest in September and should be completed in March 2015, were unveiled at a news conference today at The Forks.

"The displays right now are very tired," Forks North Portage Corporation CEO Jim August explained in an interview following the news conference. "It (the new centre) is just going to be much more flexible, informative and attractive. It will have a very contemporary look and feel."

August said a roughly 2,000-square-foot mezzanine level will be added to house the new offices of Travel Manitoba, which currently leases space in a Carleton Street office tower.

That will enable the agency to consolidate its staff at one location, resulting in cost savings and improved operating efficiencies, added Manitoba Tourism Minister Ron Lemieux.

 murray.mcneill@freepress.mb.ca

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