Past Industry News

Southwest Ontario Tourism Stakeholders Converge in Leamington

On March 20th & 21st, Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation hosts 220 tourism professionals at the 7th annual Ontario’s Southwest Tourism Conference at the Best Western Plus
Leamington Hotel & Conference Centre. This is an opportunity for delegates to up their tourism game just in time for tourism season here in Ontario’s Southwest.


The conference agenda is packed with dynamic speakers who each have their own unique take on today’s industry.


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Supporting Over 300 Festivals and Events, Creating Jobs and Vibrant Communities

Ontario is investing in a record number of festivals and events to boost the growing tourism sector, create jobs and offer residents and tourists more reasons to discover and explore the province. Daiene Vernile, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, was joined by Cristina Martins, MPP for Davenport, at the Theatre Centre, home of the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival, to announce the recipients of Celebrate Ontario 2018.


This year, the province is supporting 328 festivals and events, the highest in the history of the program, that celebrate Ontario’s diversity, heritage and culture.


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2018 Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario Announced

Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) is proud to announce the 2018 Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario. These Top 100 recipients represent festivals and events that excel within the industry. Included in the Top 100 are the Festivals & Events of Distinction, a select group which represent some of the most well-known and respected celebrations in the province; celebrations which draw both an international and
domestic audience.


Submissions from FEO members were received for consideration in the fall of 2017 and were judged by an independent panel of judges. Festivals and events of all kinds from every corner of Ontario were represented in the submissions – from community festivals to internationally recognized events. The 2018 Top 100 Awards were given out on Friday, March 2nd during FEO’s Annual Conference “Create the Experience” in Hamilton, Ontario.


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Governments of Ontario and Canada Release Action Plan to Reduce Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie

Protecting and managing water quality in our lakes and rivers is essential for the well-being of Canadians, our environment and economic prosperity. Safeguarding our environment and growing our economy go hand in hand. This is why today, the Governments of Canada and Ontario have released the final Lake Erie Action Plan.


The plan identifies more than 120 federal, provincial and partner actions, using mandatory and voluntary approaches, to help achieve the goal of reducing phosphorus entering Lake Erie by 40 per cent. The plan will be reviewed and revised as needed over time to ensure continued progress towards achievement of targets.


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London to Host 2019 JUNO Awards

The JUNO Awards will be heading to Southwestern Ontario as The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today that London will host The 2019 JUNO Awards along with all JUNO Week festivities, March 11 – March 17, 2019. The 48th Annual JUNO Awards will be broadcast live on CBC from Budweiser Gardens, on Sunday March 17, 2019.


JUNO Week 2019 will return to Ontario with the support of the Province of Ontario, the City of London, Tourism London, and the 2019 Host Committee. London will host Canada’s music awards for the first time since the award show began touring across Canada in 2002.


In support of the 2019 celebrations, the City of London has also announced that beginning January 29, key music venues in the city will donate one dollar from every ticket sold to MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with CARAS.  Venues participating include London Music Hall, Budweiser Gardens and Centennial Hall.


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Ontario Supporting the Revitalization of Downtowns & Main Streets

Province Helping Boost Tourism, Create Jobs, Enhance Economic Growth


Ontario is helping rural communities attract investment and tourism, create jobs and enhance regional economic growth by supporting the revitalization of downtown and main streets across the province.


Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the Minister Responsible for Small Business, made the announcement today at the Rural Ontario Municipal Association conference in Toronto.


Vibrant main streets help attract visitors, create jobs and increase the competitiveness of small businesses, which are the backbone of small, rural communities. That’s why the province is helping municipalities enhance and revitalize their downtown and main streets through improvements such as the installation of pedestrian crosswalks or landscaping. Municipalities can also direct funding to local businesses to improve the appearance of their storefronts by installing lighting or new signage. 


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Smackwater Jack’s Taphouse Brings PEDALPUB® To London

On January 16, 2018 the London Tourism board of directors will be taking an inaugural, environmentally-friendly ride aboard the PedalPub®. PedalPub® is a party bike with a barrel that can accommodate eight to 16 riders. It’s being introduced to the London Tourism by Smackwater Jack’s Taphouse entrepreneur, Bradley Oke.


PedalPub’s debut tour begins at Anderson Craft Ales and will pedal its way to London Brewing Co-op, Toboggan Brewing Company, and Powerhouse Restaurant & Brewery. Oke is thrilled to bring the PedalPub® to London and the surrounding area, he says, “It’s the first bike of its kind in Ontario’s Southwest. It’s fun, safe and a great way to get some light exercise while touring the sights.”


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Ontario Parks Celebrate 125 Years

125 Years of Conservation, Education and Recreation

From camping under the stars to hiking through back country trails, Ontario parks have been offering people across Ontario a great way to stay healthy and experience our province for 125 years.


In 1893, Algonquin Provincial Park became the very first provincial park in Ontario. This year, Ontario Parks is celebrating the 125th anniversary of our provincial park system with events, music, art and more.


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The Windsor Wall: Fab art that also comes with a great hotel!

The first thing to catch our eye on entering the new TownePlace Suites by Marriott in Windsor is a fabulous, huge art installation by Ritsick Design Associates. The chain link mural represents the artistic and vibrant culture of Windsor. It sparkles with colour and the Windsor city scape pays homage to the city in a unique and playful way.  The city’s rich industrial, social and creative history is reflected in the use of the chain links.


Hotel G.M. Patrizia La Tona comments that guests often take selfies in front of the colourful piece.  If you visit, check it out up close.  It’s amazing.


The art sets the tone for this great new option for short or extended stays in downtown Windsor close to all the action.  Adventure Bay is almost next door, as is the riverfront and all it offers. Added to the great experiences of Windsor is the nearby tunnel to Detroit, recently named the hottest tourism spot in the U.S.  Really!  It’s great to see our friends at Tourism Windsor-Essex-Pelee Island collaborating with their colleagues across the river on “Two Nation Vacations”.  Paula Beach, Director of Sales for many Sunray properties in the region, values such support from TWEPI and SWOTC.


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EPIC Wineries to Host New “Meet the Makers” Event

The Essex Pelee Island Coast (EPIC) Winegrowers Association is putting their winemakers in the spotlight during their new “Meet the Makers” event, being held on February 10 & 11, 2018.


Participants can purchase a Discovery Pass which will allow them to visit up to nine EPIC wineries throughout the course of the weekend. At each stop, they will enjoy a carefully selected food and wine pairing served by the winemakers themselves, allowing for a unique level of interaction not regularly experienced on every day visits to EPIC Wine Country.


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