Brochure and Literature Distribution
The Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development operates a tourism literature distribution program which assists Newfoundland and
Labrador tourism groups/associations and private sector tourism business operators to distribute and display their literature free of charge
at provincial and regional Visitor Information Centres (VIC's). This document describes the operational guidelines for this service
- specifically the types of literature that are accepted for distribution; describes literature content and design specifications; and
the distribution procedures.
New for the 2015 season: Materials will only be accepted from tourism businesses that are compliant under the Tourism Assurance Plan (TAP).
Information on the Tourism Assurance plan can be found on the Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador website
Types of Literature
Professionally printed Newfoundland and Labrador tourism oriented literature that is confirmed as TAP compliant and within the following
guidelines will be accepted for distribution:
- Roofed Accommodations
- Tour Boat Operators
- Ecotourism and Adventure Tourism Operators
- Festivals and Events
- National, Provincial, Municipal Historic Sites and Museums
- Regional and Community Guides and Maps
- Transportation Schedules
- Tourist Attractions
- Shopping that offers 50% or more of Newfoundland and Labrador produced goods
- Recreational Vehicle Rentals
- Inbound Tour Operators
Photocopies of brochures will not be accepted.
Posters will not be accepted.
The following specifications allow each brochure to meet the size and shape of most display racks, prevent curling and bending, and be more visible and
readable for the customer:
- The name of the business/service should be prominently displayed on the top third of the brochure.
- There are two recommended sizes (to fit most display rack spaces and allow the display of as many as possible):
For Business Operators: 10
cm x 23 cm (4 in x 9 in)
For Regional Guides: 15 cm x 23 cm (6 in x 9 in)
- It is recommended that firm paper stock with a minimum paper weight of 160 (M) or 70 lb. be used.
- While not obligatory, colour images (pictures) are recommended to make the brochure more appealing/attractive. The Department has a library of
images that can be utilized (at no cost). For photo assistance contact:
Andrew Weir, Advertising Officer
Tel: (709) 729-5260
- Brochures that do not fit in the brochure racks will not be accepted for distribution.
Brochures may be dropped off directly at Provincial VIC's but must meet the same guidelines.
Note: The Department does not control what regional/local VIC's display. Most focus on their own area.
In order to ensure the timely and equitable distribution of all eligible literature:
- Your shipment must include a Tourism Literature Distribution Submission Form
- Your literature (brochures) must be bundled in lots of either 50
or 100, enabling Distribution Centre staff to quickly make allocations.
- The maximum weight of cartons that will be accepted is 28 kilograms or 45 pounds.
- The maximum quantity of brochures that you can ship to
the Distribution Centre is 5,000, although a smaller amount
is recommended to reduce your costs and the possibility of unused brochures.
Provincial and Regional VICs order brochures from the Distribution Centre
based on need and storage space restrictions.
- Brochures and completed submission forms should be delivered to the
Distribution Centre at least three weeks prior to the
scheduled opening of the VIC's. Provincial and Regional VIC's open at
different times but generally the Provincial VICs operate from mid-May to
late September, except the St. John's International Airport and the Deer
Lake Airport VICs which operate year round.
- Typically, the initial shipment of brochures are
delivered to the VIC's in early May. Following the initial shipments,
brochures are ordered by the VICs on a weekly basis.
- Note that while your brochures are distributed from the Distribution
Centre to the VIC's free of charge, you are responsible for the cost
of getting your brochures to the Distribution Centre. Likewise, it
is the owner's responsibility to pick up or make arrangements for the return
of any unused brochures.
- It is the responsibility of the brochure owner to ensure that sufficient
quantities are delivered to the Distribution Centre and to monitor the
supply and replenish stock as necessary.
If the above noted guidelines are not met, he literature will not be distributed.
To Find Out More
Program Planner, Tourism Newfoundland & Labrador
Tel: (709) 729-6150
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