06/04/2015 20:39 EDT | Updated 06/04/2016 01:12 EDT

Chambers of commerce request more money from government for Travel Manitoba

WINNIPEG - The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce say the province should devote four per cent of tourism tax revenue to Travel Manitoba for increased marketing.The MCC says the province sees an economic impact of more than $1.5 billion in tourism annually, but funding hasn't increased in the last decade.CEO Chuck Davidson says spending more money on tourism marketing means more dollars for the Manitoba economy.He points out Saskatchewan receives $15 million annually for a tourism budget, while Nova Scotia and New Brunswick each receive $13 million.In comparison, Travel Manitoba's current budget is $7.5 million.Tourism Minister Ron Lemieux says the province is already working with Travel Manitoba to ensure "that we do a better job of advertising."(CTV Winnipeg)