- Network with peers to discuss tourism ideas and issues
- Understand how the OHTO is supporting tourism development efforts
- Learn how to ignite collaboration in your own communities
- We want to help get you here with our 50/50 Gas Voucher
The Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Organization (OHTO) is hosting its 3rd Annual Tourism Conference & AGM at the Trudeau Park Resort & Event Centre in Tweed on Monday, October 28, 2013. This year’s conference explores the theme of “Taking Tourism to the Next Level” and will focus on new and innovative ways to approach tourism development and how to leverage those efforts regionally.
The OHTO Board and staff will launch the conference with organizational updates highlighting key successes to date, followed by the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The afternoon will include two engaging and inspiring presentations featuring destinations that have overcome barriers to tourism growth through community activation. These case studies will underscore the commitment required to differentiate Ontario’s Highlands as the destination of choice in a competitive marketplace.
Networking opportunities will be available throughout the day to carry on the conversation around the topics presented. Tourism operators and businesses, destination marketing organizations, government and industry professionals, community leaders and supporters are all welcome to attend.
Travelling from Out of Town?
In appreciation of those travelling greater distances to the event and to encourage attendees to explore the surrounding area, the OHTO has a special offer. Out-of-town visitors are encouraged to sign up early in order to qualify for a 50/50 Gas Voucher. This incentive provides a $20 gas voucher to the first 50 people to register who will be travelling greater than 50 km to the event. The voucher will be distributed to eligible attendees on the day of the event.
Notice to all Members: Eight Director vacancies will be filled at the AGM. The Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Organization is inviting members-at-large interested in contributing in a volunteer capacity to the development of the organization to please contact the OHTO to begin the application process. Deadline for submissions is October 10th.
Members are also asked to review the Proposed Bylaw Amendment in preparation for voting on the ratification of the changes at the AGM.
Attendance at the Tourism Conference is free and open to the general public. Those who are interested in attending must register in advance, as space is limited.
Contact us for more information.
Date: Monday, October 28, 2013
Trudeau Park Resort & Event Centre
15 Trudeau Lane
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
10:20 OHTO Year in Review
10:50 Networking Break
11:10 Differentiating Ontario’s Highlands
11:35 AGM Presentations and Voting
1:00 Results of Election, Q&A, and Close of the AGM
1:20 Session #1: Embracing Our Potential – A Case Study of the Thompson Okanagan Region
2:50 Networking Break
3:10 Session #2: How Small Towns Can Think Big
3:45 Closing Remarks and Draw Prizes
Seminars: In addition to presentations by OHTO staff, two seminars will be offered free to attendees.
Glenn Mandziuk, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association will start the program off with his presentation ‘Embracing Our Potential: A Case Study of the Thompson Okanagan Region.’ Mandziuk, a recognized leader within the tourism economic development profession in Canada, will offer insight into the industry-led, strategic approach to tourism development utilized in the Thompson Okanagan Region in British Columbia. He will demonstrate how they created exceptional visitor experiences that expanded their region’s tourism success as a year-round destination. You will learn first-hand how one of Canada’s most successful tourism destinations has inspired action and mobilization in communities in a way that has moved the destination forward far beyond heads-in-beds. Be inspired to take action in your own communities with tactics and lessons learned from a destination that boasts full industry-buy in.
Next, founders Dan Fallak and Emily Arbour of Small Town Thinking, a community & tourism-building movement (based in Almonte, Ontario) will discuss their experience starting from the ground up and the non-traditional strategies they’ve been using to engage their community and promote tourism in Mississippi Mills.In their presentation ‘How Small Towns Can Think Big,’ learn how they are using social media, branding and creativity to bridge the gap between generations, partner with local businesses, inject new energy into old ideas, and, perhaps most importantly, sustain momentum.