ABM Partners with ITO to Host Collaborations and Partnerships in Tourism

Tourism is one of the sectors hit hardest by the impact of COVID-19. This event will focus on collaborations and partnerships to prepare recovery but also to strengthen the sector right now. 

Advanced Business Match (ABM) is a technology-facilitated trade show that connects a national network of Indigenous and non-Indigenous decision makers to create opportunities for business. To keep business moving forward, ABM has recently developed a new proprietary software that enables delegates to meet online creating a highly efficient way to connect commercial interests and drive economic growth without borders.

Here’s how it works: ABM ensures registrant projects and goals are a fit for the tailored ABM Indigenous Ontario network. Once registered, ABM delegates prepare potential business matches by reviewing detailed online profiles and selecting appointments with other. These translate into 20-minute virtual meetings.

In partnership with ABM, we offer ITO Members, who are suffering from the financial impacts of the pandemic, a free registration for Collaborations and Partnerships in Tourism – October 21, 2020. Connect with the ABM team at 604-483-3532 or 
info@advancedbusinessmatch.com to get your discount code either before or after you complete your registration.

Key Dates – Eastern*

Super Early Bird expires August 20, 2020.
Early Bird expires September 20, 2020.
Payment deadline is October 13, 2020.

*Please note the payment due date is not a registration deadline. On the day of the payment deadline, we remove all inactive or unpaid accounts from the event.  Provided your application is approved, we will accept new registrations into the online event. Payment and active business matching is required immediately.



Tickets for the Ontario Tourism Summit 2020 and the Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence on October 27th and 28th are now available. This year’s conference is going virtual and embracing the challenges we continue to face in response to COVID-19.

Your ticket to Ontario Tourism Summit 2020 also guarantees you’re on the guest list for our spectacular gala awards ceremony, where we will celebrate the Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence and everything that makes our industry so special. Just because we can’t physically be together doesn’t mean you won’t get the full gala experience.


Destination Canada continues to share a number of helpful resources for businesses in the tourism sector ranging from marketing tips and tricks to visitor demand forecasts. Read their latest newsletter HERE and check out the highlights below:
  • How to Help Visitors Enjoy Travelling in Canada this Summer – a Video about Confidently Travelling: As provinces and territories gradually roll out their reopening plans, we’ve created this new video to help guide Canadians as they look to spend their summer exploring their own backyard.
    Our five easily digestible tips, Be Safe, Be Ready, Be Focused, Be Free, Be Nice, are relevant for all visitors whether they are travelling locally or intra-provincially. Let’s all ensure travellers have the tools and advice they need to enjoy their summer in Canada. Watch the 
    video and share. 
  • Marketing Tips & Tricks: Episode 2 – How to Optimize your Page for Organic Search : The second episode in our Marketing Tips & Tricks series focuses on demystifying on-page search engine optimization and helping you improve your organic search ranking to amplify your content.
  • Visitor Demand Forecast: This week, we released an updated Visitor Demand Forecast, providing an overview of the state of the Canadian tourism sector as of July taking into account several different scenarios. Read more.
  • Canadian Resident Sentiment & Travel Related Measures: See this week’s reports for the latest on how Canadians across the country are feeling towards visitors to their region, as well as an overview of each province and territories’ updated travel related guidelines. 
  • COVID-19 Impact & Recovery Reports: These reports provide an overview of the most recent impacts of COVID-19 both at home, in Canada, and internationally, including any signs of recovery in tourism.  
This is the last call to Indigenous tourism operators and industry partner associations to provide your insights for ITO’s Strategic & COVID-19 Recovery Plan.


For those who have participated in a survey or shared their story, we thank you. 

Although the Plan has been launched, your thoughts are still valuable as we embark on implementing our plan. ITO will continue to engage our stakeholders and listen to the voices of our industry throughout the implementation process. ITO’s Plan puts Indigenous operators and communities first and respects cultural values and traditions while aligning with our partners’ initiatives. 

If you are an industry association or partner of ITO, please consider filling out our online partner survey:

If you are an Indigenous tourism operator and would like to share your story about how COVID-19 has impacted your business or any ideas that you have for helping the industry to recover, email us at info@indigenoustourismontario.ca  

Your insights will contribute towards the implementation of ITO’s Strategic & COVID-19 Recovery Plan. 
ITO would like to extend our best wishes and thanks to Trisha Grant as she moves on from her role at Destination Ontario. It has been a pleasure to work alongside Trisha as partners on some of our province’s tourism marketing campaigns and she will be missed. All the best in your new role Trisha!

We also welcome Debra Mansillo into her new position. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Destination Ontario during these challenging times that have brought with them unprecedented opportunities for collaboration.

      Indigenous Tourism Ontario
      1300 Hwy 540
      4 directions Complex Unit 4
      Aundeck Omni Kaning, Ontario

This email was sent to *|EMAIL|*
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences