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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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Destination Northern Ontario and partners take home five Tourism Resiliency Awards in Ottawa

On Wednesday, October 27th, as many as 700 tourism professionals and operators took part in the Ontario Tourism Summit’s annual awards gala (virtually and in person) where the best and brightest from across the province are celebrated for their achievements in the tourism industry. Northern Ontario showed up in multiple award categories, winning in eight.…

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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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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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Investing in Northern Ontario’s Tourism Industry

Minister Lisa MacLeod, hit the road on a Northern Tour supporting tourism in Northern Ontario The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unforeseen and devastating impact on the Ontario tourism industry due to the resulting travel restrictions. In support of tourism in Northern Ontario, Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Cultural Industries, hit the…

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