Describe the degree of success you have had to date. How do you measure, both quantitatively and qualitatively, the impact on sustainability or enhancement of local culture, environment, heritage, or aesthetics? How has it transformed or contributed to the power of place or demonstrated the sustainability of tourism? How does your approach minimize negative impacts?
Revenues have doubled year over year for the last two years indicating more customers are spending money in the local communities we operate in. Local payroll increases indicate additional economic benefit to the remote communities. Seven homes representing vernacular traditions have been renovated, four of which we consider to have been at imminent risk. Newfoundland's cultural expression, captured through our restored coastal homes and custom guidebook, enable travelers to experience Newfoundland more intimately. Careful restorations and deliberate décor decisions create three different and unique atmospheres during the tour. (Windows locally hand-made, clapboard painted local colours, local rough-sawn lumber) Each home represents a different take on Newfoundland lifestyle. The St. John’s home represents the new of Newfoundland—a historic home with modern décor and new amenities that deliver a nautical coastal living atmosphere. In the outports, technology is removed, the traveler experiences the house as it would have been in simpler times--no dishwashers, cable TV or Internet. In Heart’s Delight the traveler experiences a 1930’s fisherman’s home, complete with original furnishings, vintage appliances, and original floor cloths. Historic homes represent collected memories for those still living. Restoring these homes helps sustain these memories which are all part of the precious intangible cultural heritage we promote, preserve and hope our customers will experience. We have been profiled in over twelve national and international publications, and have received awards, award nominations, and industry recognition for our approach to authenticity, sustainability, and value.