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Thousand Islands National Park officially opens for the visitor season! Free admission for youth at Parks Canada’s places starting in 2018

May 14, 2018
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Parks Canada’s places represent the very best that Canada has to offer and tell stories of who we are, including the history, cultures, and contributions of Indigenous peoples. Millions of Canadians celebrated Canada 150 with free admis...

#DoorsOpenOntario 2018

May 1, 2018
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Discover fun, free events across the province! TORONTO Join the Ontario Heritage Trust for another season of Doors Open Ontario – featuring 35 events across the province – starting in Guelph on April 21. Each Do...

Kingston Officials Meet Watertown Counterparts in Tour

April 27, 2018
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Kingston Whig-Standard  By Ian MacAlpine, Kingston Whig-Standard Wednesday, April 25, 2018  Kingston officials made a trek just slightly south of the border last Thursday to Watertown, N.Y., to view its downtown and meet with their A...

Canada-China Year of Tourism 2018: Are You Ready?

April 24, 2018
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Special Edition of Welcoming International Visitors Available Free of Charge Since 2010, when Canada received approved destination status in China, the number of Chinese visitors coming to Canada has more than tripled. The Government of C...

Ontario Improving Cycling Across the Province

April 24, 2018
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New Action Plan, Network and Skills Guide Promote Safe and Convenient Cycling Ministry of Transportation Ontario is improving cycling across the province by launching a number of new initiatives to encourage people to get around by...

Best year ever for Canadian tourism with 20.8M arrivals!

March 9, 2018
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Canada welcomed a record breaking 20.8 million tourists in 2017, the highest ever in Canadian history. The preliminary data, released today by Statistics Canada, shows that Canada has surpassed the previous record set in 2002,...

Destination Ontario: Export Readiness Webinar

February 12, 2018
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On March 8th, from 10:30 am -12:00 pm, Destination Ontario will host an informative 90 minute, FREE web-based Export Readiness Webinar session.  Tourism stakeholders will gain introductory knowledge of what products the international...

Less Red Tape is Better For Business

February 2, 2018
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Ontario's Red Tape Challenge invites businesses, industry associations and the public to tell us how we can improve regulations to better support business. The tourism consultation will run from February 1 to March 31, 2018. Feedback can b...

Partnership Fund Applications Are Now Open

February 1, 2018
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Applications will be accepted from February 1st to March 9, 2018. All applications must be sent to bdoyon@thegreatwaterway.com in a word document by March 9 at noon. No late or incomplete applications will be accepted. Only 2 applications ...

Understanding Bill 148: Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act 2017

December 19, 2017
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Although most provisions of Bill 148 come into force on January 1, 2018, employers must be prepared to comply with the new legislative requirements as many provisions of Bill 148 are now in effect. Employers must: Undergo a review and...

2018-2019 Advertising and Collaborative Marketing Opportunities with Destination Ontario

December 19, 2017
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DIGITAL 2018-19 Content Marketing Cost-share with Destination Ontario as part of a social content & native co-marketing partnership to generate leads to your website and raise the profile of your tourism product or experience. Dest...

Ontario Tourism Performance Fall 2017

December 19, 2017
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Border crossings from the U.S.A. to Ontario increased 3.7%, with same-day crossings up 0.3% and overnight crossings up 6.8%. Entries from overseas markets to Ontario grew 16.7%. Ontario hotel occupancy rose 2.0 percentage poin...

Ontario Passes Legislation to Help Businesses Save Time and Money

November 21, 2017
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Ontario has passed legislation to make it easier for businesses to grow and create more jobs. The Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act, 2017 will reduce regulatory burdens and practices that cost businesses time and money, while protecting ...

2018-19 Tourism Industry Partners Program: Applications Are Now Being Accepted

October 16, 2017
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Do you have a marketing campaign that is innovative, targets tourists from outside of Ontario and has strong potential to generate awareness, interest and tourism revenues? If so, the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation’s (...

Ontario Travel Online Packaging Opportunity: Winter Marketing Program

October 13, 2017
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Early in the season OTMPC’s 2017/18 winter marketing will inspire consumers to take an Ontario getaway and, well into the new year, to book an unforgettable experience with family, friends or just for themselves. Consumers will be able t...

Le Boat Partners With The Great Waterway

October 5, 2017
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Introducing a unique experience to worldwide visitors, Le Boat is joining forces with The Great Waterway thus gaining access to the historic Rideau Canal in Canada. Effective from 2018, Le Boat will travel throughout The Great...

City Hosts Gathering of Ontario Tourism Officials

September 26, 2017
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Some of the key people in promoting tourism partnerships across Ontario have been meeting in Timmins for the past two days. They say they’re impressed with what they have seen. Attractions Ontario (AO), a tourism organization whose...

Tourists Now Have Vital Bay of Quinte Info at Their Fingertips

September 21, 2017
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A trip through the Bay of Quinte region just got much easier to plan. Now, visitors to the region who wish to learn about places to visit, places to eat or upcoming events, will have information at their fingertips — or, more precisel...

Join Us to Develop Workforce Development Solutions for the Tourism & Hospitality Industry!

September 18, 2017
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The Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC), in partnership with the Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association (ORHMA) and a consortium of employment and training organizations, is pleased to be launching a series of consultation...

Do You Have a Great Photo You Think is Cover Worthy?

September 18, 2017
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FEO’s 2018 Festivals & Events in Ontario Guide Needs a Great Cover Photo. Do you have a photo you think is cover worthy? If your photo is chosen, we’ll give your festival or event a quarter page ad in the 2018-2019 Guide! Email ...

TASTE Gets a New Venue

September 18, 2017
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TASTE community grown is one of Prince Edward County's most highly anticipated wine and culinary festivals and a gathering of the best food and drink purveyors the area has to offer, all in one place. Join us on September 23 2017 betwee...

Le Boat Unveils New Additions For 2018

September 18, 2017
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Le Boat, Europe’s largest self-drive boating company, has unveiled its 2018 brochure. Beginning mid-August, travellers can flip through the 62-page brochure and uncover the latest cruising experiences both in Europe and North America....

Ontario Adds 31,100 Jobs in August

September 15, 2017
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Province Focused on Supporting Job Creation and Helping People Get Ahead.  Employment in Ontario increased by 31,100 in August, the second straight month of job growth,and the unemployment rate fell to 5.7 per cent, the lowest level si...

Celebrate Ontario 2018 Information Sessions

September 15, 2017
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Following the launch of the Celebrate Ontario 2018 program on September 7, 2017, this is a reminder that we are once again offering a series of online information sessions that will be delivered via webinar (using WebEx and teleconference)...

Ann Weir is Ontario East’s Economic Development Officer of the Year 

September 15, 2017
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KINGSTON - The Ontario East Economic Development Commission has named Ann Weir the BDC Ontario Economic Development Officer of the Year. Kevin Coleman, of the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), presented the award at the opening...

Record-breaking year at Kingston museums and attractions, say tourism officials

September 15, 2017
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The end of tourism season is near and officials in Kingston say they've seen an increase of visitors at local museums and attractions. For years, the Labour Day weekend has signaled the end of the tourism season. And even though officia...

Kick Start Your Career Program – Employers Wanted

September 14, 2017
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Corporate Learning & Performance Improvement through St. Lawrence College is seeking employers that are willing to hire recent graduates in their field of study. The individual will obtain career-related work experience by providing em...

Ontario Travel Online Packages Opportunity: Fall Campaign

August 18, 2017
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OTMPC will continue the 'Where Am I?' campaign into the fall season, showcasing unexpected hidden gems and surprising experiences. The upcoming campaign encourages our primary target audience, couples travelling without children, to unear...

Google Trekkers Map Waterfront Trails

August 16, 2017
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CORNWALL, Ontario - In partnership with Google and the Great Waterway, two summer students will be embarking on a 22 km hike, capturing the beauty of the city’s waterfront trails. The new project, called Google Trekker, aims to give p...

Conclude your summer with a wee dram at Fort Wellington National Historic Site!

August 16, 2017
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Parks Canada invites you to raise a glass at Fort Wellington National Historic Site for Canada 150. Join in on a daily alcohol ration in a rare evening whisky seminar at the historic fort. While beer was common for British troops in Upper ...

OTMPC Annual Travel Information Services Conference

August 14, 2017
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It’s with great pleasure that the Ontario Travel Information Centre team announces the OTMPC Annual Travel Information Services Conference is now open for registration! DATE:  Oct 11 – Oct 13, 2017 LOCATION: Caesars Windsor, 377...

Fort Henry to host United States Marine Corps Joint Ceremonial August 19th and 20th

August 14, 2017
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Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada is pleased to present the Battle Color Detachment of the United States Marine Corps from 8th and I Barracks, Washington, DC for two performances on Saturday August 19 and Sunday 20, 2017 starting...

Quinte Botanical Gardens Open for Business

August 14, 2017
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Aug 02, 2017 by Erin Stewart  Quinte West News, Everyone is welcome to visit the 25 gardens which include a bird, bee and butterfly garden, formal knot garden, oriental garden, white garden, rose garden and edible garden. Owners ...

Ontario Hints at Tax Breaks for Small Business to Ease Impact of Moving to $15 Minimum Wage by 2019

August 11, 2017
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Ontario is considering measures like exempting the first $450,000 of small-business income from taxes — as is done in Manitoba — to cushion the cost of moving to a $15 minimum wage. Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Small Business...

Prime time for Brockville tunnel

August 2, 2017
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From The Recorder | July 28, 2017, As workers were preparing it for its grand opening in two weeks, Brockville’s railway tunnel was ready for its close-up. A film crew working for the Great Waterway tourism organization swung throu...

Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce – Job Posting

August 1, 2017
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Tourism Information Services Coordinator Love Brockville and want to share it with the world? The Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce is looking for a full-time Information Services Coordinator for Brockville & 1000 Islands ...

Celebrate Canada 150 in Lennox & Addington on August 19th in Napanee

August 1, 2017
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Lennox & Addington County is celebrating Canada's 150 birthday with a free outdoor concert on Saturday, August 19th beginning at 7pm. The event takes places on the grounds of the Lennox & Addington County Court House, located at 97...

County gets official tourism website

July 31, 2017
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From The Whig Standard | July 25, 2017 There’s a fresh look and feel at VisitPEC.ca, The County’s new, official tourism website. The site soft-launched last week and is a resource of information and vibrant imagery for visitors, l...

The Road to the Games

July 24, 2017
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Fiddling Hits All the Right Notes At The 70th Games In a little more than a week, the streets of Maxville will be bumper-to-bumper as excited fans head to this year’s 70th edition of the Glengarry Highland Games. For two full days, Augu...

You’re Invited to The Great Waterway AGM

July 21, 2017
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The Great Waterway cordially invites you to our AGM on September 8th at the Ambassador Hotel from 1 - 5 p.m. We are combining our annual general meeting with an afternoon of speakers, educational sessions and networking to support your bu...

KEDCO execs in China meeting with Feihe, other companies

July 21, 2017
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From the Kingston Whig Standard  A small delegation from the city’s economic development agency is in China to celebrate Feihe International’s 55th anniversary and to meet with other companies interested in investing in Canada. ...

Kingston Pen’s long-term vision: Overnight stays, tin plate meals and haunted walks?

July 21, 2017
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From the Kingston Heritage  Big things are planned for the Big House. The popular daily tours of Kingston Penitentiary are set to continue indefinitely under a newly-approved vision to redevelop the former prison lands. The St. L...

Avro Arrow Recovery Project Takes Flight

July 21, 2017
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From the Toronto Sun Sixty years after nine Avro Arrow free flight models went missing in Lake Ontario, a high-tech, all-Canadian search is under way for their recovery. The Arrow Recovery Project, funded by private sponsors and corp...

The Heavyweights Throw Their Weight Into the Games

July 19, 2017
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One of the most exciting and colourful events at the Games is the Heavyweights and the Games provide a complete slate of competitions. All divisions (Master, Open Pro., Women, and Amateur) compete in heavyweight events that are judged by t...

Sandbanks Receives International Honour For Beach Excellence

July 13, 2017
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Quinte News | July 12th, 2017 by Brock Ormond A popular Quinte-area tourist attraction has received an international flag of approval for beach excellence. Sandbanks Provincial Park in Prince Edward County was awarded the Blue Flag...

See ‘The Milky Way’ and other celestial objects at the L&A Dark Sky Viewing Area

July 11, 2017
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(July 11, 2017, Lennox & Addington County) Stargazing evenings return to the Lennox & Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area! Witness the ‘The Milky Way’ and a variety of celestial objects on July 21st & 22nd beginning at 9:30pm (...

Seasonal Lockage Permit – Free for 2017!

July 11, 2017
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Do you love to travel by pleasure boat or canoe? Launch your own adventure along Canada's original highways. Going through the locks, you'll appreciate the "cutting-edge" engineering technology – from over 150 years ago! Immerse yourself...

Ontario Welcomes The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall

July 7, 2017
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June 30, 2017 2:10 P.M. | Office of the Premier Royal Visit Includes Stop at Wellington Farmers’ Market to Showcase Local Food and Producers. "Premier Kathleen Wynne welcomed Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duches...

County Recognized for LGBTQ Acceptance

July 7, 2017
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July 5 | County Weekly News A marketing initiative developed by Prince Edward County’s community development department that was designed to promote the County as a LGBTQ-friendly travel destination recently earned national recognitio...

Celebrate Ontario’s 150th Anniversary with the 2017 Fun Pass

July 6, 2017
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From June 22, 2017 9:00 A.M. | Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport  The province is helping families celebrate Ontario's 150th anniversary by expanding the Fun Pass for 2017. The Fun Pass includes coupons that give local eleme...

Tourism Kingston Announces New Executive Director

July 6, 2017
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From July 5 | Kingston Whig Standard "Tourism Kingston has a new boss, bringing Rob Kawamoto, who had been living and working in the big city, back home. “Tourism continues to be a major economic driver in Kingston, generating thou...

Chill on the Hill with Rascal Flatts

July 5, 2017
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Ten albums with sixteen number one hits. Over 23 million records and 10 million tickets sold.  Expert musicianship, razor-sharp vocals and songs that have shaped lives, loves and the genre of country music itself, Rascal Flatts will pla...

Canada 150 in Rockport

June 13, 2017
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Rockport Cruises introduces its newest tour boat the “CANADA SPIRIT”. This 92 foot triple decker proudly displays the colours of our Canadian flag and is our way of showcasing what it truly means to be proud Canadians, announces Kathle...

Glengarry Highland Games Release

June 1, 2017
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Monday, May 29, 2017 CELEBRATE WITH US AT OUR 70TH GAMES WERE YOU PART OF THE FIRST GAMES IN 1948? Nearly 10,000 people inundated Maxville for the first Glengarry Highland Games in 1948. The organizers had hoped for a few thousand...

Historic SDG Jail

May 23, 2017
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Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry, Ontario – The Historic SDG Jail is pleased to announce tours will begin on May 23, 2017 and run until August 25, 2017 for the summer season. At an affordable price of $10 for adults and only $5 for child...

OTMPC Announces New Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

May 3, 2017
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OTMPC Announces New Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer May 2017 The Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC) is pleased to announce that Melanie Robert is the successful candidate in the open co...

Free Lockage Permits Now Available Online

April 21, 2017
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Free Lockage in 2017 for all Parks Canada Canals! To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation, the Government of Canada has announced that lockage on all historic canals (Rideau Canal, Trent Severn Waterway and Quebec...

Treasure Island Marina Officially Opens April 1st

April 21, 2017
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It is time to start thinking about your  plans for the Summer, your boat and all the great events that you are going to attend this year. Our slips are almost full and we are booking up for transient boaters as well. There are still pl...

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