RTO 9 Resources:
RTO 9 has put together a collection of reports that provide insights into the tourism industry and our region, all of the reports can be found here
Funding Opportunities for the Tourism Sector
If you are looking for funding opportunities this list offers a great starting point.
The site features a collection of beautiful images and engaging videos taken in the RTO 9 region. As an industry stakeholder, you have access to the library’s high-resolution images and video, and you are free to use them for your own marketing efforts.
Submit an Event
If you have an event, we can help spread the word. Just fill out this form and we will post your event on The Great Waterway Consumer website.
Submit a Business Profile
By submitting a business profile, your business with be listed on RTO 9’s consumer website, The Great Waterway. This free listing will connect your business to over 350,000 annual visitors to our consumer website, and over 21,000 social media followers. Submitting your profile is easy and will only take a few minutes!
RTO 9’s Partnership Fund initiative is designed to build on existing and introduce new tourism products that enhance the region’s diversity of tourism attractions and competitive advantage by supporting the development of tourism experiences in the region. This program is allocated $219,000.00 from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Applications are available on February 1st the submission deadline is March 9.
RTO 9 will be conducting workshops throughout the year. Here you can find key information about each workshop, including registration and agenda details.
Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries
The ministry works closely with the tourism sector to help stimulate economic growth and investment and create an environment that allows Ontario to compete successfully in the rapidly changing world of travel and leisure. Among their activities to strengthen Ontario as an internationally-recognized tourist destination:
- undertake vital market research in the areas of marketing, product development, and investment to aid business decisions by both governments and industry.
- encourage private sector investment and new product development to expand Ontario’s tourism sector and promote regional tourism economic development.
- support and facilitate the development of new experiences and destinations.
- market Ontario as a tourist destination.
- invest in Ontario’s tourism agencies.
- work with industry and organizations to support the maintenance and growth of the tourism’s economic contribution.
Destination Canada provides intelligence, tools and resources that help the Canadian tourism industry reach international markets.
Destination Ontario website boasts a wealth of helpful information for those who are interested in learning more or are interested in partnership opportunities.
Experiential Package Listings
An experiential package listing is a one-page advertisement for a value-added offer comprised of more than one component, with a start and end date. Your experiential package listing will appear on www.ontariotravel.net, Free of charge.
Festival And Event Listings
A festival or event is a tourism function that has a definite start date, end date, and is located in Ontario. You may submit any number of tourism related events. For example, a theatre may have one listing for the theatre as a business, and one event record for each play. Like business listings, events will be published on our consumer public website, www.ontariotravel.net, and will also appear on our Discover Ontario mobile application for free.
Tourism Business Listings
Ontariotravel.net is the official tourism website for travel in Ontario, and reaches global consumers. It’s also the main source of information used by our 1-800-ONTARIO contact centre, online chat agents and our Ontario Travel Information Centres’ counsellors. Promote your business, festival or event listing or package to the almost 5 million people who visit the ontariotravel.net consumer website annually and to the over 1.0 million people who visit the Ontario Travel Information Centres.
Listings and packages on www.ontariotravel.net are absolutely free! It is a simple process to register your listing or package. See further details below about the different types of listings and packages.
Tourism Industry Association of Ontario
The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) is recognized as the umbrella government advocacy organization serving Ontario’s diverse tourism industry. Collectively representing over 186,000 businesses and 389,000 employees across the province, TIAO provides a strong, unified voice for the sector.
Tourism Industry Association of Canada
Founded in 1930 to encourage the development of tourism in Canada, TIAC serves today as the national private-sector advocate for this $91.6 billion sector. Based in Ottawa, TIAC takes action on behalf of Canadian tourism businesses and promotes positive measures that help the industry grow and prosper.
TIAC is responsible for representing tourism interests at the national level, and its advocacy work involves promoting and supporting policies, programs and activities that will benefit the sector’s growth and development.
A leader in Hospitality and Customer Service Training and Community Workforce Development, OTEC is an independent, not-for-profit Training, Consulting, and Workforce Development organization that delivers innovative, high quality solutions for the development and growth of a professional, skilled workforce.
Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance
By bridging the gap between the food and travel industries, the Culinary Tourism Alliance is strengthening the links between the viticulture, agriculture, aquaculture sectors to the hospitality sector to promote the growth of food tourism. Their work lies in developing strong relationships between growers, chefs, processors, restaurateurs, accommodation providers, distributors, government and industry organizations. But above all, they act as the leading voice to share Ontario’s culinary stories with passion and pride.
The Culinary Tourism Alliance is leading efforts in research, education and product development to promote the growth of the industry.
Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance
Created in November 2000 through a partnership with the Canadian Tourism Commission, CSTA has grown from 18 founding members to over 500 members including 200+ municipalities, 250+ national and provincial sport organizations, 20+ educational institutions and a variety of product and service suppliers to the industry. Sport tourism is now the fastest growing segment of the tourism industry.
One of the CSTA’s key objectives is to market Canada internationally as a preferred sport tourism destination.
Festivals and Events Ontario
Festivals & Events Ontario (FEO) has been representing the festivals and events industry in Ontario for 30 years, making sure communities continue to produce unique, quality festivals in all corners of the province. Providing education, professional development and networking while fostering a community of passionate people invested in the festival and event industry, FEO works hard to deliver membership benefits that help support the growth of the industry.
Travel Gay Canada
Travel Gay Canada is Canada’s national LGBT tourism industry association. Its goal is to provide LGBT travelers with products and services that meet their needs and expectations, and to better inform them of the unique and vast travel opportunities and experiences available within Canada.
Attractions Ontario is the authority on Attractions & Trip Motivators in Ontario, the voice of the industry and the source for consumers to discover Ontario’s destination experiences. The association offers best-in-class, high-value access to consumers in bolstering attendance and business activity for the Attractions & Tourism industry.
Travel Media Association of Canada
Founded in 1994, TMAC represents Canada’s most professional and productive experts in the field of travel. The Association currently has almost 400 members — Canadian writers, photographers, videographers, bloggers and social media mavens, as well as highly respected representatives of the travel industry from around the world.
Image Ontario is a comprehensive asset management platform providing image related resources for use in advertising, media, editorial, and industry partner programs. Image Ontario is designed to support non-commercial use of its images and videos for the sole purpose of promoting tourism travel to and within Ontario.
Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
Grants Ontario is your source for grants provided by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport as well by several other Ontario Ministries and agencies. Grants Ontario provides you with one-window access to information about grants that are available to you, how to apply for grants and how to check the status of your application.