Announcing the Winners of the Best of Windsor Essex

Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island (TWEPI) is pleased to announce the winners of the second edition of the Best of Windsor Essex, a campaign that ran from January to February 2017 with the ambitious goal of putting together the most comprehensive list of the “Best Of” things to see and do in the region.


Winners of the Best of Windsor Essex were announced at a special Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, March 29th 2017. In addition to commemorative plaques, a letter of congratulations and bragging rights, winners will also be mentioned in TWEPI’s 2017/18 Official Visitor Guide and TWEPI’s micro-site, www.bestofwindsoressex.caFinalists and winners will be able to use this campaign to differentiate their business, increase their visibility, validate their achievements, and act as a strong testimonial of their offerings. Furthermore, this campaign has created an authentic list that is expected to resonate with visitors, giving TWEPI the opportunity to highlight some of the best of what the region has to offer. 


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Local and Craft Producers Enter The Dark Side Together…

Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese and Upper Thames Brewing Company are proud to announce a new local partnership. Driven by a love for locally crafted artisanal cheese and beer, the two paired up to create the ‘Dark Side of the Moo’ cheese. Gunn’s Hill uses their Oxford Harvest cheese to soak in Upper Thames Brewing Company’s Dark Side chocolate stout beer for three days and then ages it for three months.


There will be an official release of the cheese all day this Saturday March 25, at both Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese and Upper Thames Brewing Company. Both locations will have samples and pieces available to purchase on site. 


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Country Music Week 2016 Delivers $8.4 Million in Economic Impact

The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) announced today that Country Music Week 2016, which was hosted in the City of London for the first time, delivered $8.4 million in economic activity to the Province of Ontario. Over 7,800 attendees filled Budweiser Gardens for the culmination of Country Music Week, the 2016 CCMA Awards Show. When tickets for the 2016 CCMA Awards Show first went on sale in December of 2015, the ticket allotment sold out in mere minutes – the fastest to-date in CCMA history.


“It’s great to see that our investments in events like Country Music Week result in substantial benefits for artists and communities alike. It’s a real win-win,” said Duncan McKie, President of FACTOR.


An economic impact assessment of the event, administered by the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance, shows that 18,500 music fans and industry professionals took in one or more of the Country Music Week marquee events between September 8 and 11, 2016. More than 4,900 people from outside of London travelled to the city to take in Canada’s largest annual combination of industry conference and music festival dedicated to the genre of country music.


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Tourism Stakeholders “Experience Parts Unknown” and Prepare for Upcoming Season

On March 7th & 8th, the London Convention Centre will host nearly 250 tourism industry professionals as they learn about new ways to elevate their business at the 2017 Ontario’s Southwest Tourism Conference. The conference is an opportunity for delegates to network, learn about new trends and ensure they are up to date on the tourism industry. With a unique hands on experience, delegates of the conference will have the opportunity to “Experience Parts Unknown” and take a closer look at the unique opportunities the host city has to offer.


Currently, tourism in Ontario is growing at a healthy rate with more people choosing Ontario as their travel destination. In 2016, total inbound tourism was up 9.7%, including a 9.1% increase from the US; and outbound tourism was down 3.4%, showing more people are staying close to home.


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