HMCS Ojibwa wins prestigious Canadian Tourism Award

1HMCS OJIBWA came up a winner last night for the second time this month.  The Elgin Military Museum received the TIAC Brewster Travel Innovator of the Year Award for Ojibwa’s opening season at the Travel Industry Association of Canada awards gala in Ottawa Wednesday night.

“This is an incredible finish to a great year,” said Ian Raven, Executive Director of the Museum.  “We were honoured to be finalists in the company of such amazing competition.  Every one of the four finalists should be on every Canadian’s must see list.”

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New smartphone app helps users ‘Buy Local, Eat Smart, Get Healthy’

Western University researchers and partners released the SmartAPPetite app recently, providing Southwestern Ontarians customized tips about local food, healthy eating, recipes, and information about local farmers and food providers.  As part of an effort to connect the region to healthy, local food options, the smartphone app promotes the motto ‘Buy Local, Eat Smart, Get Healthy,’ and its creators aim to give a boost to the local food economy while helping people improve their diets.

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City of Windsor Captures “Tourism Event of the Year” Award

award 2The 2013 International Children’s Games (ICG) has been selected as the Tourism Event of the Year! The award was presented last night (November 13) at the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario’s “2014 Tourism Industry Awards of Excellence” event in Collingwood.  The ICG was singled out for its focus on increasing visitor satisfaction, economic spend, and long-term impact on the region.

ICG 2013 was a catalyst that drew the Windsor Essex community together to offer over 5,000 visitors an unforgettable experience and an introduction to all the region has to offer.
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HMCS Ojibwa wins 2014 Tourism Innovator of the Year Award

Ian Jim and Ken Whiteford TIAO awards sThe excitement was palpable last night in Collingwood as the Elgin Military Museum waited to hear the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario announce this year’s tourism award winners.

After years of hard work, Executive Director Ian Raven was proud to accept the Tourism Innovator of the Year Award for small business, recognizing the 2013 first season of Cold War submarine HMCS Ojibwa. The award recognizes an individual or business that has created a new, innovative product that will promote and enhance tourism in their local community, region or the province of Ontario.

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WindsorEats receives Ontario Signature Experience Designation

The WindsorEats walking tour, Drinks of Walkerville, has been selected as an Ontario Signature Experience. The Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC) has launched Ontario Signature Experiences (OSE) to promote and market must-see travel experiences that will appeal to global target markets. The OSE program is designed to showcase the best and most unique tourism experiences in the province that will motivate more people to visit Ontario.

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Burning Kiln Winery Strip Room selected as Official Red Wine of Ontario Legislature

Ontario’s Legislative Assembly has selected 2013 Strip Room for Burning Kiln Winery as their official VQA red wine for 2015. “We are honoured to have our Strip Room 2013 chosen as the official red wine of the Ontario Legislature. As we move closer to becoming our own designated viticulture area, this award helps shine the spotlight on Ontario’s South Coast Wine and Growers Association and our Norfolk County home,” said Karen Matthews, Director of Winery Operations at Burning Kiln Winery.

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Elgin County Initiates Development of a Regional Community Improvement Plan

Elgin County has initiated the development of an exciting Regional Community Improvement Plan that will help promote the unique economic development advantages of the County. A Community Improvement Plan (CIP) is a planning and economic development instrument that sets out tools and strategies for improving the built, economic, and social environment of a municipality and region. Importantly, through the development of a CIP, the County will be able to offer financial incentives to local business and landowners to assist with improvements to private property.

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Only Blue Skies through Fresh Eyes: London International Airport

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… yes in fact it is a plane, taking flight from London International Airport (LIA). SWOTC summer intern, Loes Borgijink, had the exciting opportunity to bring fresh eyes to LIA’s new improvements, and got firsthand insight of what these changes mean for current and future passengers.   With a prime emphasis on enhancing customer satisfaction, LIA has extended their services to deliver greater value and bring their customer service experience to new heights.

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New Guide to Birding in Ontario’s Southwest

Birding in Ontario’s Southwest is known around the world thanks to important birding migration sites such as Point Pelee National Park and Long Point Provincial Park.  The region’s rich Carolinian ecosystem also provides an important breeding ground for species that are rarely found elsewhere in Canada.

Now anyone can enjoy birding in Ontario’s Southwest with the launch of Canada’s South Coast Birding Trail map.  This map highlights 17 key birding hubs which are prime birding locations to get started, and many more primary sites which are an integral part of the experience and should be included around the hubs as birders map out their route.

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Festivals & Events in Ontario Economic Impact – Drives $2.3 billion in GDP

Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) released updated research-based information about its Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) Partnership Program today confirming the importance of festivals and events to the Ontario economy in terms of this industry’s ability to contribute to regional GDP, create jobs and generate taxes at all levels of government. Ontario festivals and events are estimated to annually drive $2.3 billion in contribution to regional GDP, support almost 50,000 full-year job equivalents (FYJE) and generate approximately $1 billion in taxes.

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