Destination Northern Ontario Covid-19 Survey


Win $1,250 to put towards a membership/advertising package with the regional marketing organization of your choice by sharing your input on your performance and the impacts of COVID-19 on your property.

DNO, in partnership with Northeastern Ontario Tourism, Algoma Country, Sunset Country and Superior Country, are conducting a new survey that will focus on tracking the fixed roof operating performance, use of government funding/loan programs, and the market impacts of COVID-19 on fixed roof accommodations throughout Northern Ontario.

With your help, DNO and its partners will have concrete data to advocate on behalf of the industry and create a report that provides guidance on how best to plan and market your business in 2021. Now more than ever, it is important to track the performance of the tourism industry across Northern Ontario. This industry is one that will need continuous assistance until it is back on its feet. Survey closes November 30th (survey will take approximately 40 minutes to complete).


RAVE Update: ITO’s Curated Content Remains Live

The first ever Royal Agricultural Virtual Experience (RAVE) may have ended, but the content will remain on the site all year long!

If you didn’t get a chance to check out our virtual booth last week, it’s still live! Discover our partners, including talented Chefs from across the province and explore Indigenous Experiences in Ontario.

Head to Videos in our virtual booth to view our specially curated content such as:

  • Indigenous culinary demonstrations from Chefs Joseph Shawana and Tawnya Brant
  • ‘Indigenous Culinary Philosophies’ discussion hosted by Sarain Fox
  • ITO’s first ever Virtual Reality experience
  • Wild Game Kitchen segments from Fuel the Fire TV

Safe Travels Stamp

The Safe Travels Stamp is an international symbol designed to allow travellers to recognize governments and businesses around the world, which have adopted health and hygiene, standardized protocols – so consumers can experience ‘Safe Travels’. The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) has been chosen by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) to administer the Safe Travels Stamp in Canada. ITO highly encourages our members to strive for traveler confidence; one way to ensure your business is following safety standards and effectively communicating those standards to potential visitors is having a Safe Travel Stamp.

See full list of businesses with the Safe Travel Stamp 

Destination Northern Ontario Training Week

Only 4 Days to Go! Are you registered?

ITO President & CEO, Kevin Eshkawkogan presents Monday, November 23rd. Join Destination Northern Ontario for an opportunity to help grow Northern Ontario’s tourism industry by joining industry peers and colleagues in our shared pursuit of excellence and success. This year, registration is free to all industry partners, so you can focus on operations, saving money and staying safe. #NOTTW2020


What to expect from the Northern Ontario Tourism Training Week:

  • Practical & interactive online workshops
  • Latest marketing and branding trends
  • Virtual product development training
  • Virtual Networking opportunities
  • Industry Leader Awards Announcements
  • Connect with operators, industry professionals, and business owners.
  • Share information with like-minded individuals while building your network
  • Access exclusive training opportunities tailored for tourism stakeholders in the North.
  • Online training workshops and information sessions

Elevating Canadian Experiences TIAC Workshop Series

The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) has launched a pan-Canadian workshop series to support, rebuild and grow Canada’s winter and shoulder season tourism and culinary sectors! 

Originally designed to help bolster Canada’s tourism expansion in high-potential growth areas, the COVID-19 global health pandemic has drastically changed the tourism landscape in Canada. This has left tourism operators across the country worried about what this means for their future. In response, TIAC has pivoted the design of the workshops to reflect the new tourism reality for most operators. These workshops will now assist small and medium tourism operators and other tourism organizations across the country in developing strategies to maintain their businesses, and develop winter and shoulder season and culinary experiences to attract visitors back once Canada is ready to welcome them again. 
Workshops will focus on: 

  • Support for rural and secondary market tourism: Currently, only three provinces and their largest cities are the primary destination for the vast majority of visitors coming to Canada.  
  • Support for winter or shoulder season development: Despite Canada being known for its winters, only 1% of activities are winter-based, which creates challenges for tourism operators trying to optimize the use of talent and capital investments. 
  • Support for culinary tourism development: Approximately one fifth of spending by international travelers in Canada is on food and beverage. By increasing visitor demand for local food and drink, food tourism contributes to the long-term sustainability of local agriculture, food systems, communities and culture. 
  • Developing the opportunity to attract domestic travelers to destinations outside of the major urban centres and to expand marketing to international travelers as soon as it is safe to do so. 

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

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