RTO 9 News & Events

Tourism Development Fund – City of Cornwall

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The application process is now open for the Tourism Development Fund, a new funding program to support efforts to grow tourism activity in the City of Cornwall. The fund has two streams: – The Festivals and Special Events Stream pr...

Operation Stand Proud

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GUINNESS WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT FOR THE LARGEST HUMAN MAPLE LEAF  IN SUPPORT OF CANADIAN ARMED FORCES CHARITY, SOLDIER ON What: “Operation: Stand Proud” will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest human maple ...

The Summer’s Here Stargazing Tour

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The Summer’s Here Stargazing Tour takes to the sky at the Lennox & Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area on June 28th & 29th. (June 18, 2019, Lennox & Addington County) The Lennox & Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area’s 2019 s...

Tourism Marketing & Travel Media Awards of Excellence

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OPEN FOR NOMINATIONS The Tourism Marketing & Travel Media Awards of Excellence are open for nominations! Interested parties can now submit nominations for all Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence programs. Ontario...

Tourism Industry Awards of Excellence

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OPEN FOR NOMINATIONS Submission deadline Wednesday, June 26, 2019NOTE: Self-nomination and nomination of a third party are permitted. How To Apply 1) Download the award nomination form of your choice, and carefully read over the ...

Tourism Activation Funding Now Available to L&A County Tourism Businesses & Event Organizers

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The Lennox & Addington Economic Development Office is offering a new funding opportunity for L&A tourism-related businesses and event organizers. $20,000 in funding is available for event creation, event enhancement or new/enhanced...

Launch of Kingston’s French-language Website

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Kingston Accommodation Partners & Tourism Kingston have recently launched a French website www.visitekingston.ca in time for the spring leisure travel season. The website is an important new marketing tool for Kingston to attract an...

Rideau Canal UNESCO World Heritage Site Website Awarded

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Rideau Canal UNESCO World Heritage Site Website Awarded Regional Tourism Organization 9 (RTO9) is thrilled to announce, in collaboration with the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, The Town of Smiths Falls, Parks Canada and 2 other O...

RTO 9 Launches Research and Insights Hub!

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KINGSTON, ON - DECEMBER 3, 2018: RTO 9 Launches Research and Insights Hub! We are thrilled to announce the launch of Research and Insights Hub – RTO9's portal for tourism research, thoughtful perspectives and inspiration to help drive...

The Big Bright Light Show returns to Downtown Greater Napanee

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If you're looking to get festive this holiday season, look no further than Downtown Greater Napanee. The Big Bright Light Show - and its 750,000 LED Christmas lights - kicks off with a Block Party & Lighting Ceremony on Friday, No...

Award Recipients and Nominations from RTO9 – 2018 Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence

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Oct. 25, 2018, Windsor, ON - Congratulations to all recipients of the 2018 Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence. The best of the best in Ontario tourism were celebrated at the annual Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence Gala on Wednesday, ...

Regional Tourism Organization 9 (RTO9) Announces New Board Members

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KINGSTON, ON, October 17, 2018 - RTO 9, the leading strategic partner for tourism in South Eastern Ontario announced that Kathrine Christensen, Sean Billing, and Megan Knott have been appointed as members of the organization's Board of Dir...

Finalists Announced for the 2018 TIAO Award

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Finalists Announced for the 2018 Tourism Industry and Tourism Marketing and Travel Media Awards of Excellence (previously announced by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario on Friday, September 7, 2018) The ...

CTA Finalists Announced

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TIAC is proud to announce this year's Canadian Tourism Awards Finalists! The Canadian Tourism Awards, presented by the Toronto Star, are the standard of excellence for the nation's travel industry, showcasing our country's best tourism pr...

Discover Lennox & Addington County by Bike

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Road cyclists are invited to enjoy a leisurely ride along some of the best roads in Ontario at the '2018 Discover L&A Ride'. This third annual event takes place along the roads of Lennox & Addington County on Saturday, September 22...

2018 Ontario Tourism Summit

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Gather with industry colleagues and tourism leaders for two days at Caesars Windsor to network, gain new insights and explore trending topics. More details on sessions and conference activities coming soon! NOTE: Early Bird Pricing ...

TIAC’s 2018 Tourism Town Hall

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TIAC's 2018 Tourism Town Hall series is an event partnership between the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, Destination Canada and local industry partners. Tourism Town Halls provide an opportunity to engage small and medium-sized bus...

LiveHistory’s In Time 1812

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You can help save the town at Fort Wellington National Historic Site through an interactive theatrical challenge where British forces and their allies battle to win the War of 1812. Parks Canada presents LiveHistory’s In Time 1812, which...

Summertime Stargazing Tour on July 6th & 7th

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The Lennox & Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area’s event season continues on Friday, July 6th & Saturday, July 7th beginning at about 10pm (weather permitting). The 'Summertime #Stargazing Tour' will be presented by dark sky enth...

Whisky Tastings on the Heritage Grounds

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Bellevue House National Historic Site serves up a wee dram of history Whisky tastings on the heritage grounds in July and August. Back by popular demand, Bellevue House National Historic site will present two whisky tasting seminars o...

Ferry by Foot

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Ferry by Foot campaign kicks off with release of Wolfe Island Visitor Guide Leave your vehicle in Kingston and walk or cycle on the Wolfe Island ferry this summer. That’s the main message of the Ferry by Foot campaign being spearheaded ...

Rockin the Square with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

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Note for note, cut for cut, Classic Albums Live will recreate the sounds of a legendary album in Springer Market Square to kick off the Canada Day weekend. The City of Kingston is proud to present Rockin the Square on Friday, June 29 at...

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

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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

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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?

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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

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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!

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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

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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...

Updates to the Tourism Regional Economic Impact Model (TREIM) Platform

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As part of the Strategic Framework for Tourism, the government committed to updating the Tourism Regional Economic Impact Model (TREIM) platform to enhance the user experience and enable a more efficient process for updating information. ...

Partnership Fund Applications Are Now Open

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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

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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

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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...

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

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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

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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...

Canada’s tourism ministers meet ahead of Canada-China Year of Tourism in 2018

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Federal, provincial and territorial ministers discuss working together to boost tourism and promote economic growth September 29, 2017 – Ottawa Tourism directly or indirectly supports one in ten jobs in rural areas, small towns...

Le Boat Partners With The Great Waterway

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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...

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

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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?

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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 ...

Celebrate Ontario 2018 Information Sessions

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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)...

Kick Start Your Career Program – Employers Wanted

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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...

Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce – Job Posting

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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 ...

Channeling New Opportunities From the RTO

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Summer is in full swing and our office has been buzzing with activity. Our team is very excited about new opportunities and changes that are happening in the region. Here are some of our highlights: On The Way Video Adventure In  Jul...

Proposed changes to Ontario’s Employment and Labour Laws

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Proposed changes to Ontario's Employment and Labour Laws can have impact for employers in our region. The Ontario government has announced its intention to introduce proposed legislation, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017. The le...

Get Ready for Summer

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As we move towards the summer season, many visitors are looking at our consumer website for activities and details about the region. We encourage you to check you’re your business listing on the consumer website to make sure its up to da...

Board of Directors Applications Are Now Open

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The Great Waterway is a regional tourism organization (RTO 9) that was established in 2010 to promote and invest in tourism along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, from Prince Edward County in the West, up the Rideau Canal to the No...

Advertise Free on ontariotravel.net

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Ontariotravel.net is the official tourism consumer website for travel in Ontario, and reaches global consumers. It’s also the main source of information used by our 1-800-ONTARIO call centre, online chat agents and Ontario Travel Informa...

Partnership Funds Have Been Announced

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The Great Waterway is pleased to announce they have awarded over $230,000.00 in Partnership Fund projects across the region. The following is a list of successful applicants:   1000 Islands Accommodation Partners 1000 Islands P...

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