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Province releases June tourism indicator report
Tourism is a vital industry in Prince Edward Island providing over 7,000 full time equivalent jobs for Islanders, accounting for approximately $380 million in economic activity each year and seven per cent of GDP.

Figures released today by the province show continued strength in several key areas including overnight stays and air traffic during the month of June.

Increased funding for Tyne Valley Oyster Festival announced
Two highlights of this year's festival include the "Rock the Boat" concert and an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most oysters shucked in one hour by 10 oyster shuckers.

Increased investments in the Tyne Valley Oyster Festival have allowed the festival to expand and attract a wider audience as it celebrates its 50th year.

Hot, dry and windy conditions create concerns
Burning Permits are required for any outdoor fire from March 15 to December 1 each year and burning can only occur when the Fire Weather Index (FWI) is Low and wind speeds are 10km/hr or less.

Islanders and visitors are being advised that the hot, dry and windy weather means that burning permits are not valid. The public are also being urged to use caution with any and all outdoor fires.

Raspberry Point Oyster Co. expands to meet export demand
(L-R):Robert Goguen, Parliamentary Secretart to the Minister of Justice on behalf of ACOA Minister Rob Moore; Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development Minister Ron MacKinley; and Raspberry Point Oyster Co.General Manager James Power.

Raspberry Point Oyster Co. in New London is upgrading its oyster grading and aquaculture equipment to help meet increasing international market demands, thanks to investments from the Governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island.

Natural Area designated in Hazel Grove
(L-R): Benjamin Wells; Island Nature Trust Executive Director Jackie Waddell; Lynne Douglas; Environment, Labour and Justice Minister Janice Sherry; and Agriculture and Forestry Minister George Webster.

Prince Edward Island’s system of protected Natural Areas expanded recently with the addition of four privately owned properties totalling 68 hectares in the Hazel Grove area of Queens County.

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