Past Industry News

Lambton Shores Retains Blue Flag Status for 10th Consecutive Year

On Friday, May 25, the Municipality of Lambton Shores raised the
Blue Flag for the 10th consecutive year at the Grand Bend Beach, Grand Bend Marina
and Port Franks Marina. Lambton Shores is proud to be included with the 27 beaches
and nine marinas across Canada to receive this prestigious international designation.


“Lambton Shores is honoured to be recognized through the Blue Flag program,” said
Lambton Shores Mayor, Bill Weber. “To have received this designation for the past 10
years is a testament to staff and Council’s commitment to ensuring the best possible
experience for our residents and visitors at our beach and marinas.”



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Record Year for Canada as Nine Marinas & 27 Beaches Award the Prestigious Blue Flag

After a long winter, 27 beaches and nine marinas across Canada are welcoming the upcoming beach and boating season by raising their prestigious Blue Flag eco-certification. The Blue Flag represents the internationally recognised gold-standard for water quality, environmental management and education, safety, and amenities.


This year, a record number of beaches and marinas across the country have earned the Blue Flag, including Canada’s first ever coastal flag, flying at Aboiteau Beach in Cap-Pelé, NB. Ontario also welcomes the addition of two new Blue Flags, at Trent Port Marina in the Bay of Quinte, and Port Burwell East Beach in the Municipality of Bayham.


“Millions of tourists around the world look for a Blue Flag when choosing a beach or marina to visit. And there’s a good reason for that,” said Kelsey Scarfone, Blue Flag Program Manager with Environmental Defence. “When you see a Blue Flag raised at a beach or marina, you know that it’s clean, sustainably managed and a safe place to swim. Great family vacations start with finding a Blue Flag.”


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Winners of the 3rd Annual Best of Windsor Essex Awards Announced

Windsor, ON – Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island (TWEPI) is pleased to announce the winners of the third edition of the Best of Windsor Essex as voted at The campaign ran from February 19 to March 11, 2018 with the ambitious goal of putting together the most comprehensive list of the “best things to see and do” in the region.


This popular social media campaign drew a tremendous response where Windsor Essex businesses received over 8,500 nominations, with 212 finalists across 42 awards. Voting categories included the best in: Arts & EntertainmentAttractions & EventsDrinkFoodOutdoor AdventureStay, and Photo Op. Winners of the Best of Windsor Essex were announced at a special Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. In addition to commemorative plaques, a letter of congratulations and bragging rights, winners will also be mentioned in TWEPI’s 2018/19 Official Visitor Guide and TWEPI’s micro-site, This specifically designed site will feature a mini-profile and photo of each winner and a highlight of the top 5 finalists per category.


Finalists 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. “Once again, a high engagement rate from both businesses and their fans alike underscores an enthusiasm and pride of place from Best of Windsor Essex voters. We anticipate that this list will inspire locals and visitors alike to explore our region’s iconic experiences, hidden gems and everything in between,” says Gordon Orr, CEO of Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island.


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Media Contact:
Gordon Orr

Chief Executive Officer

Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island


The Factory Opens its Doors First to Former Kellogg’s Workers

LONDON, ONTARIO; April 10, 2018: The Factory is holding an exclusive event on Friday, April 13th for former Kellogg’s workers to give them first access to view and tour the transformed Kellogg’s factory.


Originally a cereal production plant in the heart of London which closed in 2014, the building needed a creative use for its very specific purpose.  Often called the “hero room”, the 115 ft tall ceilings which used to house five levels of production has been cleared out and repurposed with North America’s highest indoor ropes course at 75ft tall and a 20,000 square foot trampoline park.  Other attractions in The Factory include arcade, ultimate warrior course, virtual reality, escape rooms, and an indoor kids’ playground.  Future phases include an electric go-kart course and laser tag.


It was extremely important to The Factory’s owners to keep the heritage and features of the former Kellogg’s plant and you can find it throughout.  “We feel extremely privileged to be able to repurpose this fantastic building that has brought so much prosperity to London during its operating years,” said Dan Cassidy, owner, and GM of The Factory. The Factory left the building in a raw industrial state; you can view the hydraulic pipes that drove production in the hero room, take a glimpse at the ICC (Kellogg’s automated warehousing system), or giggle at the fruit loops stain on the west wall of the hero room. 


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Province Helping Small Breweries Grow in Ontario

Ontario is continuing to take steps to create more opportunity for producers of craft beer by supporting the growth of small breweries in local communities across the province.  


Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, was at Amsterdam Brewery in Toronto today to highlight changes to the Small Beer Manufacturers’ Tax Credit included in the 2018 Ontario Budget. If passed, changes would enable more breweries to expand their operations, create jobs and fuel economic growth. Changes are proposed to come into effect retroactively, starting March 1, 2018.


These changes build on previous measures the government has taken to support small breweries in Ontario, including:

  • Expanding the sale of beer to more than 350 grocery stores, with at least 20 per cent of beer shelf space reserved for small brewers’ products. Eventually beer will be available in 450 grocery stores. 
  • Allowing breweries to have a bar or restaurant at each of their licensed manufacturing sites.
  • Reducing the beer tax rate from 90 cents per litre to 40 cents for sales of microbrewery beer.
  • Removing the tax on up to 10,000 litres of beer/year for product promotion at on-site retail stores (e.g., samples or tastings).
  • Developing a new agreement to strengthen the position of small and craft brewers, including improved product placement, shelf space and other marketing practices in the Beer Store locations.

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Eat & Drink Norfolk – GET A TASTE OF NORFOLK

The Norfolk County Agricultural Society is excited to announce that “Eat & Drink Norfolk” is back for its ninth consecutive year. Dates for this year’s event are Thursday, April 5th from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pmFriday, April 6th from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm and again on Saturday, April 7th from 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm. 


Continuing to ride the wave of success, “Eat & Drink Norfolk” was recently named one of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals & Events for the fourth year in a row.


“We are very proud to receive this provincial designation from Festivals & Events Ontario. The success of the event is a reflection of the high level of quality of the participating local restaurants, wineries, breweries and food producers as well the community that continues to support us year after year. The dedication of our vendors, staff, volunteers and sponsor partners has resulted in an outstanding event that continues to grow in popularity!” says Special Events Manager Chantal Zorad.


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Government of Canada Invests in Point Pelee National Park

Parks Canada is responsible for protecting and presenting nationally significant examples of Canada’s natural and cultural heritage. The Government is committed to preserving our national parks while making them more accessible, so that more Canadians, including youth and newcomers, can connect with nature.


The Government of Canada is investing approximately $5.5 million in federal infrastructure funding, while celebrating several completed infrastructure projects, in Point Pelee National Park. The announcement was made today by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, as Canada’s southernmost park prepares for its 100th anniversary and a year-long celebration of bringing people and nature together.


This federal infrastructure funding will support the renewal of two popular day use areas – the Marsh Boardwalk and the Tip area – providing new and improved visitor experiences. The tower and stationary section of the marsh boardwalk will be refreshed, and a brand new observation tower will be erected near the Tip to provide an all-new visitor experience of exceptional views of this iconic area of the park.


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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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