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We are always working to make our communications with you better, more modern and easier for you to receive however and whenever YOU want. To do that, Brandon First has moved our eNews Update online! No more attachments to open, no more .pdf files to save, no more hassle or incompatible files! All the news you need will be right here at BrandonFirst.com!
(An archive of our previous newsletters can still be found here so rest assured you can still go back and review them whenever you like)
So, while our aesthetic has changed a bit, you’ll still get the same great content as before, and an email reminder each month when we have posted our update. You can also SHARE our newsletter with your friends, family, coworkers and anyone you know who might want to bring an event to us. Just click the icons at the top and bottom of the newsletter to add a link to your Facebook or Twitter feed easily and instantly! The more people who know what we can do, the better events we can bring to Brandon for YOU!

Event Hosting Grants Can Make a Big Difference for YOUR Event!

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Did you know Brandon has a unique program that allows events to apply for FREE money so long as the event brings overnight stays to the City? Did you know that this program has NO minimum number of nights required to qualify? Did you know there’s NO restriction on what you use the funds for once you’ve received them? This are just some of the things that make our Accommodation Tax program different than others like it in the country. 
Since it’s inception in 2012, over a MILLION dollars has been given out to events to offset some of their costs. These events resulted in nearly 60,000 overnight stays in the City. Event Tourists tend to spend more time and money in our community than other travelers, meaning those 60,000 room nights generated approximately $15 million dollars of spending in our city over those five years.
Events don’t just mean something for people to go to or participate in. They generate huge economic impact for our community.  Everyone benefits from the local accommodation providers and venues to the average local community member. If our hotels, venues and restaurants are busy it means more people can work in these industries, make more money and keep those dollars circulating in our region.
Brandon First provides assistance to this program by taking all the hard work out of your application process. We can help you estimate room nights, ensure your form is complete and correct, and liaise with Economic Development on your behalf to make sure you qualify for the maximum amount your event can qualify for. And best of all, our services are free of charge. An initial meeting can take as little as a half an hour, so what’s stopping you? If you have an idea for an event, contact us today and we can get the process started quickly and easily. 


2017 Was a Banner Year for Brandon First

Brandon First’s staff and board are very proud of our 2017 accomplishments. While bringing top-notch events to Brandon like the Royal Canadian Legion National Youth Track and Field event, and announcing the 2019 Tim Horton’s Brier we also hired a new Executive Director, launched a number of new recruiting initiatives, and worked with local businesses to gain the support of 10 new stakeholders.

2017 Royal Canadian Legion National Youth Track and Field Opening Ceremonies

We assisted 18 groups to qualify for $173,519 in Event Hosting Grant funds to help them make their events spectacular through the Accommodation Tax Fund program mentioned above.
We traveled across the country to conferences and trade shows, sporting events and meetings, to tell the nation why Brandon Manitoba is the best destination to host an event. After all this excitement, all this activity, you must wonder how we’ll top it. Just wait, 2018 has a lot in store….

New Executive Director Graham Harvey joined us in September

Upcoming Excitement for 2018

Brandon First is constantly working to bring new and exciting events to Brandon. Along with the usual annual city events we look forward to each year (The Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, Jazz Fest, Brandon Folk Music and Art Festival and many, many more) we are excited that the Royal Canadian Legion National Youth Track and Field event will return to the Sportsplex this August, as well as another great year of the Canadian National Arabian and Half Arabian Horse Championships at the Keystone Centre. We will be ramping up our preparation for the 2019 Tim Horton’s Brier, and announcing some very exciting events new to Brandon very soon.

Keep up with us online through our social media as well as here on our website to see what we have coming to you for the rest of the year and beyond!

Another AMAZING resource for a list of events in the area is the Brandon Tourism Community Events Calendar.

You can add events you know about or are organizing as well as see what is going on that you may want to attend!


Stakeholder Corner

Invoices were sent out January 1st and are due by March 31.

If you have any questions about your invoice, stakeholder package, or would like to discuss a change in level, please contact us at info@brandonfirst.com and we will set up a meeting. 

If you’re interested in becoming a stakeholder you can get more information here.

Thank you to all of our stakeholders for your ongoing and incredible support. We could not do what we do best without your generosity.

Brandon First’s office will be closed from January 30th through February 1st. We will reopen on February 2nd to our normal business hours. We will be in Ottawa at the CSAE Tete a Tete tradeshow sharing the message that Brandon is the best place for Convention and Meeting hosting.

1-545 Conservation Drive, Brandon MB R7A 7L8 | 204-729-2156 | info@brandonfirst.com
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