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July 22, 2015

Innovative tourism company encourages adventure-seeking students

(Simcoe, Ontario) – Long Point Eco-Adventures, a leader in Norfolk County's tourism industry, has established a new award at Fanshawe College to recognize outstanding students in the Adventure Expeditions and Interpretive Leadership program. The award, which will be presented for the first time this fall, has been designed to encourage students who demonstrate a passion for environmental stewardship and a strong ability to design and deliver memorable expeditions for individuals or groups.

"We are proud to support this unique program," said Mike McArthur, co-owner with Dave Pond of Long Point Eco-Adventures. "We appreciate the vision and leadership that Fanshawe College has taken to provide this opportunity in an emerging tourism sector. This program combines skills and people who can deliver experiences that make Ontario and Canadian destinations the leading tourism experiences now and in the future."

The Adventure Expeditions and Interpretive Leadership program is an accelerated co-op diploma that combines academic courses and field expeditions. Offered exclusively at the Simcoe/Norfolk Regional Campus, the program has been designed to prepare students for leadership roles in the growing adventure tourism and environmental tourism industries. Students complete courses in business, marketing, ecology and conservation, sustainability practices, wilderness first aid, environmental interpretation, as well as geology, cartography and GPS/GIS.

This new award will be presented for the first time at the Campus' fall graduation ceremony and further strengthens an already robust relationship. As part of the Fanshawe program, students have access to the facilities at Long Point Eco-Adventures and learn the finer points of how to develop, operate and manage such an attraction. Some employees at the company are, in turn, instructors in the program.

"Long Point Eco-Adventures has raised the bar for our region's tourism industry and we are very thankful to the owners for establishing this award," remarked campus chair Donna Gates. "Their close relationship with Fanshawe College is one reason why prospective students are starting to recognize Norfolk County as a leading destination for education in this field."

About Long Point Eco-Adventures:

Long Point Eco-Adventures strives "to protect and conserve the abundance of nature and the human spirit" on a stunning property located southwest of Simcoe in Norfolk County. The company provides individuals and groups with a diverse mix of experiences, including kayaking, ziplining, hiking, mountain biking, camping and stargazing in an observatory on-site.

Additional information can be found at http://www.lpfun.ca/