Author Sara Dekker

Destination Northern Ontario is calling for participants to access the Fast Track to Success Cooperative Marketing Program!

What is it?Successful Fast Track to Success (FTS) participants have the opportunity to work with Destination Northern Ontario to leverage their marketing investments, dollar for dollar. How do I know if I qualify? Applicants will be required to meet the following criteria to apply to theco-op marketing program: Completion of the Fast Track to Success…

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Lock Tours and Charters Have Returned to Sault Ste. Marie

For the first time in over ten years, people will be able to depart from the Canadian side of the St. Mary’s River at Roberta Bodnar Park in Sault Ste. Marie for a lock tour.  There are scheduled daily tours through the locks and along the waterfront, as well as opportunities for private charters for…

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Employment trends in the tourism sector: Where are the gaps?

There are now and have been for the last several years employment gaps in the tourism industry. These gaps have been increased since the onset of the pandemic.  Traditional positions like housekeepers, cooks, food and beverage servers, dockhands maintenance and general management are all essential to supporting a vibrant tourism sector. What is Tourism SkillsNet…

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Staycation Tax Credit perfect excuse to explore Northern Ontario

With most of the province’s residents within the 401 corridors, Northern Ontario remains a mystery to a large number of people. Being within driving distance as well as a Staycation Tax Credit available this year, the summer of 2022 is a perfect time for residents all over Ontario to explore all that Northern Ontario has to…

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A Look at Investing in Northern Ontario’s Tourism Businesses

With Ontario seeing a proverbial ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ to the pandemic lockdowns that have come to define the first years of the 2020s, people are turning attention to new opportunities and looking towards potentially savvy investments. This is particularly true of the tourism sector, as we see the effects of the…

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Lake Superior Tourism Cycling Feasibility Study Underway – Sault Ste. Marie to Thunder Bay

Since 2016, Destination Northern Ontario (DNO) has taken an expanding regional approach in developing the cycling product in Northern Ontario.  DNO recently partnered with Waterfront Regeneration Trust (WRT), the provincially recognized cycling trail developing organization, to develop the 380 km Lake Huron North Channel Cycling Route.  This cycling route goes from Sault Ste. Marie through…

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Calling All Northern Ontario Lodges!

Fish ‘N Canada, Nature and Outdoor Tourism and Destination Northern Ontario hosted an information session to answer your questions about the Great Ontario Giveaway Getaway! View the video recording here! To help support Resource-Based Tourism operators, Fish ‘N Canada has developed the “Great Ontario Get-Away Give-Away” contest in partnership with Destination Northern Ontario (DNO), Destination…

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March 2021 Ontario Budget Briefing

The past year has challenged us, but Ontario’s Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries have been resilient despite being first and hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Yesterday, government tabled the 2021/22 provincial budget to protect lives and livelihoods across the province, including nearly $1 billion in available supports for our industries, including: Ontario Tourism and…

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