Building a strong tourism industry in the north.

Destination Northern Ontario is the largest of 13 Regional Tourism Organizations (RTOs) funded by the Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. We coordinate, align, and invest in sub-regional programs and lead in identified pan-northern management functions.

Northern Ontario Tourism Training Week is an event in lieu of our traditional summit to engage with industry across the North. We look forward to continue on building new partnerships, new opportunities and exciting developments together.

Tourism SkillsNet North (TSNN) is a partnered initiative designed to identify specific workforce labour gaps, train up to 300 potential employees and match them with available job opportunities within Northern Ontario’s tourism sector.

Building on 80+ years of successful fall conferences for the outfitting sector, the Northern Ontario Tourism Summit was developed as a partnership event between Nature and Outdoor Tourism Ontario and Destination Northern Ontario to bring together tourism businesses, organizations and suppliers as well as all levels of government at a single event to find solutions to challenges facing the industry.

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Destination Northern Ontario Launches Tourism as a Career Awareness Campaign: Tourism Rocks

By Sara Dekker April 10, 2023
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Tourism in Northern Ontario can provide an incredible career path and Destination Northern Ontario is working hard to attract individuals to this vibrant and growing industry. Every year, tourism in Northern Ontario generates approximately $1.6 billion and contributes $450 million towards Ontario’s annual GDP. With tourism responsible for 1.8 million jobs in Canada and over…

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What’s ahead for Northern Ontario’s 2023/2024 tourist season and a look back at the Staycation Tax Credit

By Sara Dekker March 10, 2023
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Destination Northern Ontario provides an update on the tourism industry in Northern Ontario. Tourism is one of the major economic drivers in Northern Ontario with receipts ranking higher per capita than those of other regions in the province and many other provinces in the country. In fact, tourism is the largest employer of young workers…

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