April 21, 2020

In an effort to amplify the voice of the Indigenous and Seasonal tourism businesses, ITO collaborated with Nature and Outdoor Tourism Ontario and the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario to issue the following press release today.

We will continue to collaborate and work with both our Federal and Provincial Governments/Departments and many other partners to help the Indigenous tourism businesses through this difficult time.

Anishinabek & Cree Traditional Territory (Northern Ontario), April 21, 2020 — Indigenous Tourism Ontario (ITO), Nature and Outdoor Tourism Ontario (NOTO) with support from the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) are appealing to the Provincial and Federal Governments to provide meaningful support to all seasonal tourism businesses across Northern Ontario. 

 There are over 1,000 seasonal lodges, resorts and campgrounds across Northern Ontario that are currently struggling to survive this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. These businesses cater to anglers, hunters, outdoor recreationists, and those seeking Indigenous cultural experiences who are from Canada and the United States, but also all over the world. 

Click here to read the full joint press release.