The Colchester economy is set to receive a boost in the new year with the construction of a 94-room hotel at the Truro Power Centre.
The $13-million project will see the creation of a mid- to -upper-scale facility that will include such amenities as a retail and entertainment centre, restaurant, indoor swimming pool, waterslide, fitness centre and a 700 sq.-ft. meeting centre.
Some people may ask, does Truro and the surrounding area really need a new hotel and meeting space? We say ‘yes.’
Overall, tourism numbers in the province have remained stable with a variance of just one or two percentage points annually, for the past three years.
Colchester is in a prime location for growth. And, with new infrastructure such as the Rath Eastlink Community Centre steadily attracting new people to the area to use the state-of-the art facility, we will continue to see an increase in visitors.
The Glooscap Heritage Centre and its unique facility has also continued to attract an increased number of bus tours since opening in 2006. And, further, the Stanfield International Airport is just a 30-minute drive from the Truro Power Centre, which makes the Millbrook centre and other Colchester County stopping points all the more attractive as a destination point for international travellers.
The hotel is being built through a 50-50 partnership between the Millbrook First Nation and Florida-based Driftwood Hospitality Management.
This project is a real shot in the arm for the community and Millbrook Band Chief Robert Gloade, as well as all Millbrook First nation band members, deserve accolades for their work to move this project forward.
“This area is in need of some major construction and major development,” Gloade said, during his announcement of the new hotel to the Truro Daily News. “… we know from past experience that once you start a certain one, everything else falls into place.”
There is a certain degree of risk, of course, in any such, high-dollar economic development activity. But on the other side of the coin, an age-old adage springs to mind: ‘Nothing ventured, nothing gained.’
So kudos to all involved for having the foresight and commitment required to bring such a project to fruition.