Tourism Kingston hosted the first annual Corks and Forks wine festival with funding assistance
through RTO 9’s Partnership Funding program. Designed for the wine enthusiast, the weekend-long festival offered seminars, panel tastings, masterclasses and innovative culinary experiences while showcasing winemakers and winery owners from around the world. Tickets sold out quickly and hotels and motels saw a sizable uptick in sales.
RTO 9 participated in a “Spotlight on Local” with the consumer brand South Eastern Ontario at the 2019 Royal Winter Fair. Attendance at the Royal Winter Fair gave RTO9, Frontenac County, and the participating producers, an opportunity to increase regional brand awareness, interact directly with consumers, get consumer feedback and distribute product information.
Parks Canada has been working to create new opportunities at their National Parks and National Historic Sites that appeal more to the changing market and new visitors. With daily questions at their Visitor Centre such as“how do we get to the islands” and “where are the boat tours, "Thousand Islands National Park identified an opportunity to meet demand.
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