May 19, 2017

For immediate release | 19 May 2017 HEADWATERS TOURISM LAUNCHES 2017 REAL HEADWATERS CAMPAIGN: 150 REALSONS!   On Thursday, May 18th Headwaters Tourism hosted a celebratory party at the Caledon Ski Club for friends, partners and businesses who make Headwaters Ontario’s premier (and most award-winning) tourism destination. The occasion: well, Canada is celebrating its 150th… Read more »

National Tourism Week – May 28th to June 3rd, 2017

May 17, 2017

This year’s Tourism Week takes place from May 28th to June 3rd! Tourism Week is not just about showcasing the economic impact and social benefits of Canada’s tourism sector, but about issuing a call to action to decision-makers from across the country. With your help, we can convey that: Public policy challenges are not only inhibiting… Read more »

Sesquicentennial public art sculptures launching across the country

May 17, 2017

(TIAC) Funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, this iconic national project will enhance the tourism experience from the Canada 150 celebrations across the country. These gathering places will be marked by large illuminated 3D public art installations spelling out C-A-N-A-D-A-1-5-0. This is a unique national project that will span markets… Read more »

Federal Minister Chagger unveils Canada’s New Tourism Vision

May 17, 2017

(Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada via CNW) The New Tourism Vision commits to taking action on 20 priority issues. Specifically, the plan will invest in stronger and more sustained marketing, address issues related to travelling to and within the country, and support Canadian tourism businesses and operators as they work to upgrade their offerings… Read more »

World Environment Day – June 5th, 2017

May 11, 2017

(The Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change) This year, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Canada will host World Environment Day on June 5, 2017, with UN Environment. This year’s theme (Connecting People to Nature) is an opportunity to celebrate the role nature plays in our lives every day. Canadians know that… Read more »

Ontario Trillium Foundation grant workshops

May 11, 2017

(Ontario Trillium Foundation) With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. Each year, more than 3,000 applications are reviewed by hundreds of volunteers. Supported by professional and experienced staff, volunteers bring knowledge of local needs and a wide range of expertise to the decision-making process. Click… Read more »

OTMPC announces new Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

May 4, 2017

(OTMPC) The Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC) is pleased to announce that Melanie Robert is the successful candidate in the open competition for the Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer position with OTMPC. Melanie joined the Ontario Government in 2005 and has worked in a variety of progressive communications and marketing positions at Cabinet… Read more »

GTHA responds to new tax on hotels in 2017/18 provincial budget

May 4, 2017

(GTHA) [Last week’s] budget measure will have a direct impact on Ontario families as 50% of hotel room nights consumed in Ontario are by Ontario residents. Taxing the family vacation, and imposing additional burdens on small businesses runs counter to the Government’s objective of helping to build Ontario up. GTHA President & CEO Terry Mundell… Read more »

Canadian Tourism looks for a Trump dividend

May 3, 2017

(The Globe and Mail) This coming August, Toronto will play host to the mother of all conventions: the gathering of the American Society of Association Executives. Every person attending the meeting is responsible for planning their own meeting of thousands of people. And while a convention of convention planners may not exactly sound like a… Read more »

2017 Ontario Budget – highlights for the tourism industry

April 29, 2017

MTCS Budget Allocation Decrease of base ministry funding from $1,454.9M to $1,390.5M—this is reflective of the fact that funding for Ontario150 was front loaded to 2016-17. Most agencies and programs will remain whole, including Celebrate Ontario and RTO funding.Hotel Tax: “Granting Municipalities the Authority to Levy a Hotel Tax” The City of Toronto Act, 2006… Read more »