Past Industry News

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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Windsor Wins Bid to Host 2022 Can-Am Police-Fire Games

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens is pleased to announce that the city’s bid to host the 2022 Can-Am Police-Fire Games is a winner!


“We’re thrilled to be setting up another signature event for our city and region,” said Mayor Dilkens. “Just like when we hosted the Canadian Adult Recreational Hockey Association (CAHRA) tournament in 2016, this event will bring hundreds of adults and families to experience all that we have to offer. Hotels and restaurants will be busy, and we’ll see some excellent athletes compete in a host of sports.”


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More Bike Lanes and Cycling Infrastructure Part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan

Ontario is making it safer and more convenient for people to get around by bike, by more than doubling its investment in local cycling to build bike lanes and other cycling infrastructure in towns and cities across the province. This investment is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province’s cap on pollution and carbon market.


Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, and Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, were in Toronto today where they were joined by Cristina Martins, MPP for Davenport and Ana Bailão, Deputy Mayor for Toronto and East York to announce the recipients of the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program–and an increase in the program’s funding.


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Country Music Association of Ontario Returns to London for 2018 CMAOntario Awards show

The Country Music Association of Ontario is excited for the return to London, Ontario as the host city for the 2018 CMAOntario Awards show. Set to take place Sunday June 3, 2018, at Centennial Hall, Jason McCoy of The Road Hammers resumes his role as host.


Ever-engaging and entertaining, Jason McCoy, a two-time CCMA Male Vocalist of the Year, has become a popular host on many fronts. From voicing the nationally syndicated Country Radio show, Sounds Canadian, (2007-2010), to stepping in front of the camera as host of Smashtown (CMT Canada/USA), two seasons of CMT’s Pet Heroes (2010/2011), and Jason McCoy Eats America.


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Windsor Essex will welcome tourism professionals from across Ontario in 2018

Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island (TWEPI) is pleased to announce that our region has been selected to host the 2018 Ontario Tourism Summit held by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) from October 23 – 24, 2018 at Caesars Windsor. This is the premier provincial, industry-wide business conference for Ontario’s tourism industry to learn the latest trends, share new ideas and best practices, network with colleagues, and recognize industry leaders at the Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence.


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Tourism generates more than a third of jobs and half of GDP in top North American cities

A new study released by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), which for the first time analyses the economic and employment impact of Travel & Tourism in cities, shows that Travel & Tourism can drive up to a third of all employment and half of GDP in the economies of top North American tourist destinations.


The study also looks at city’s share of tourism GDP in relation to the contribution of Travel & Tourism to GDP for each of the three countries of North America. For example, Mexico City generates more than a quarter of Mexico’s Travel & Tourism GDP. Toronto generates 16% of Canada’s Travel & Tourism GDP. And added together, New York, Orlando, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Honolulu and Washington DC to generate 20% of the US’ Travel & Tourism GDP.


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New Cycling and Walking Path Opens in the Town of Tecumseh

Ontario is making it easier for families to get around the Town of Tecumseh, with a new off-road cycling and walking path that connects to other nearby trails and makes commuting safer and more convenient. 


The new 3.5 kilometre off-road cycling and walking path connects to the existing Herb Grey Parkway Trail and the Trans Canada Trail. This path is part of the Rotary (1918) Centennial Hub, which officially opened on Saturday, Oct. 14.


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