Tourism association asks province for significant stimulus package – Sun Peaks Independent News

A consortium has asked the provincial government to allocate $680 million of their planned $1.5 billion recovery package to supporting tourism, a request supported by Tourism Sun Peaks (TSP) and other regional tourism organizations.

“Assistance for the many small businesses that make up the tourism experience is crucial in maintaining a strong product for both the short and long term,” said Arlene Schieven, president of TSP. “If our member businesses are able to access some of this support, then there is a greater likelihood that they will be able to keep their doors open through these uncertain times.”

In June the province asked for input from residents and announced an online survey and series of virtual town hall meetings. 

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FedNor hands out tourism funding.

FeNor has announced it is boosting the tourism industry with a total of $7.6 million in funding to support Northern communities to help job creation and assist with funding to promote the tourism industry which has been crippled due to COVID-19.  

In Nipissing, Discovery Routes Trails Organization is receiving $82,800 in funding. The money will be used to implement a marketing strategy for the Voyageur Cycling Route in Northeastern Ontario.

“Discovery Routes is thrilled that the Federal government is supporting the Voyageur Cycling Route as an experience that will help the tourism sector recover,” stated Jennifer McCourt, Executive Director of Discovery Routes.

“Cycling has seen a resurgence in popularity over the past decade with a rapidly growing demand for cycling destinations that connect visitors to the local community. In the context of COVID-19, bicycle tourism presents an opportunity for businesses to welcome back tourists that are attracted to Northern Ontario’s wide-open spaces and natural landscapes while sharing our stories of local heritage and culture.”

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Canadian Trails Federation adds Trailhead Canada Event!

The Canadian Trails Federation is pleased to add the Trailhead Canada Event – November 21-23, Gatineau-Ottawa National Trails Event to its event page.

“This single national trails event represents the best opportunity for recreational trail operators and managers to celebrate our success and showcase our work to Canada and the world”, says CTF President, Patrick Connor.

“Grâce au soutien généreux de nos membres et à notre partenariat avec Parcs Canada, nous discutons du développement d’une stratégie nationale de suivi des pistes pour tous les 360 000 km de chemins au Canada,” a déclaré Connor.

If you are a trails stakeholder you’ll want to join us in Ottawa in November!

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South River Tourist Operators are finalists for tourism award

The Canadian Tourism Awards are extremely competitive and feature nominees from all Canadian provinces and territories.

This year, Northern Edge Algonquin, a nature retreat east of South River, Ontario is positioned to be the first ever winner of the brand new Brewster Travel Canada Adventure/Outdoors Award for Excellence in Tourism.

The Edge recognized with Ontario Tourism award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism in 2010, is a Five Star TripAdvisor-rated company, one of only two Platinum-level Greenleaders in Canada.