Lineup of Speakers for Tourism Summit
Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO)
Beth Potter, President & CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO), will give insights and updates on TIAO's current advocacy efforts. Since the beginning of 2019 TIAO has met with government representatives more than 80 times, and has submitted over 20 official policy proposals and papers to the provincial and federal levels of government. The submissions range from key policy briefings and recommendations on increasing affordable housing for the tourism workforce, modernizing Ontario's environmental regulations, reforming the Conservation Authority Act, and more.
Powering the Visitor Economy
At $22 billion a year, tourism is Canada’s biggest service export and has an impact in every region of the country. David Robinson, Vice President of Strategy and Stakeholder Relations for Destination Canada, Canada’s national tourism marketer, will provide an update on the organization’s international activities and results from our target markets abroad. David will also provide information on the organization’s innovative research program, including insights on visitor spending patterns in South Eastern Ontario.
The presentation will leverage RTO9's suite of primary and secondary research into market and consumer trends impacting how consumers select and experience destinations. The data will include macro travel statistics from Destination Canada and Destination Ontario, as well as insights drawn from Skift and Jacob's Media, designed to paint a picture of RTO9's competitive advantage for DMOs and operators.
Kristin Mullin is the Executive Director at Sustainable Kingston, leading a very engaged and effective team of 4 members to share knowledge, and take real action that increases the resiliency and sustainability in the City of Kingston and surrounding areas from Belleville to Brockville. Her presentation will focus on the impacts of traditional travel on our environment and the ways that we can be more sustainable in our travel practices going forward.
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The Maker's Market
The County Soda Co.
Craft soda in Prince Edward County. Each of our sodas has been carefully crafted using premium ingredients in order to produce the best tasting soda possible.
Bastard Baking Company
Bakery in Historic Delta, Ontario, working with local producers to create high quality baked goods. Gluten free and Vegan baked goods available.
Ridgway Confections specialises in fine hand crafted belgian chocolates. Each of our creations is made only with fresh ingredients – like butter and cream.
Urban Hippy Granola
Hand-crafted granola that's high in fibre, dairy-free, soy-free, egg-free, wheat-free, and contains no artificial flavouring or colouring and is also NoN-GMO verified
Golden Moment Farm
Golden Moment Farm was established in 1997. We produce a top-quality maple syrup product that is 100% pure and natural; we raise Clydesdale horses and Golden Retriever dogs.
Nana B`s Bakery
A traditional bakery where we make everything from scratch. Nana B's Bakery is a traditional bakerylocated in the historic village of Merrickville, Ontario.
Nakita Herbs & Preserves
Nikita Herbs & Preserves specializes in a variety of homemade salad dressings, herb vinegars, spiced oils, jams and chutneys and can be food at the Kingston Farmers Market in Springer Market Square.
Pro-Planet Produce Bags
Pro-Planet brings you reusable mesh bags perfect for holding fruits, veggies, dry goods and bulk items! Washable, durable, eco-friendly and locally made.
Hanna Meat Pies
Created with uncompromising care, using the best local, all-natural ingredients, Hanna's Meat Pies are a savoury, flavourful, and filling take-out experience.
Caju Winds is a fermented cashew spread line of products that have organic raw cashew as its base pairing with the most delicious dried organic herbs from local farmers
We believe that chocolate was intended to be experienced rather than consumed. Each experience forms a special moment that we’re committed to providing every day.
Lesley was born and raised in Kingston. Majored in Art History at Queens and has been a casual vendor selling Soy Candles and custom silver jewelry at the Kingston Market for 6 years.