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Hospitality Days was created to bring out the best of our community and showcase our Northern Hospitality.

In fact, the Chaleur Region has shown unparalleled friendliness to its visitors and residents by using our greatest asset... each other.


Slated as one of the premiere festivals in the province, Bathurst Hospitality Days started in 1972, seeing twenty consecutive festivals in the years following. For various reasons, the festival discontinued. In 2002, Hospitality Days were revived under a new format only to become one of the largest events ever held in the greater Bathurst area. With a renewed and stronger vision, we are aiming at becoming one of the largest festival events in our province.

Since its revival in 2002, the Bathurst Hospitality Days have attracted crowds averaging 25,000 to 30,000 over the period of the festival. Our fireworks display has become a coveted event in Northern New Brunswick with people coming from other municipalities to attend. Other popular events, such as the parade, Hospitality Idol, and the concerts generate some of the larger crowds our area has seen. In fact, the popularity of Hospitality Days is growing at such a rate that members of the organizing committee often receive calls in December from residents living here and away wanting to know the dates of the festival in order to book their vacations at the same time.


Another highlight is the excellent media coverage the festival receives. Since the start, the festival has been featured on CBC, the local community television station, the Telegraph-Journal and l'Acadie Nouvelle. Local media have also adopted the festival with Bounce 104.9, and the Northern Light joining the momentum.


In 2003, the co-chairs of the festival were asked to make a presentation to the annual Tourism Industry Association of New Brunswick conference held in Bathurst. The festival was promoted as one of the tourism success stories of 2003, an honourable distinction amongst our industry piers.


Hospitality Days is an opportunity to celebrate family, friends and community pride. Hosting an event such as this also creates a positive economic impact, this being evident through our tourist operators who offer our festival program to thousands of patrons and visitors from across the country and around the world. The positive marketing impact that it offers our region in provincial organizations should not go unnoticed.

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