While Ottawa residents reap the cultural benefits of art festivals such as the International Writers’ Festival and the International Animation Festival, art festivals boost the city’s economy, according to studies by the City of Ottawa.
From Sept. 21-25, animators and filmmakers could be found in the Chateau Laurier lobby. Janet Perleman, a filmmaker from Montreal, says she’s been to the festival since it started in 1976.
During the festival, Perleman stays at a hotel. This year, she was at downtown Ottawa\’s Novotel.
In fact, hotels are one of the biggest festival sponsors in Ottawa.
Robin Grant, Centretown News
Kimberly Wilson, Novotel sales and marketing director, says sponsoring festivals shows support for the city and helps business.
“The city needs support because it is competing with other cultural hubs like Toronto and Montreal.”
Arc Hotel sponsors the writers’ festival among other art festivals.
“Being as we are an artistic design hotel, these festivals make sense to us,\” says Dean Lake, director of sales at the Arc.
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