Tourism summit deemed big success!

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Tourism Northern Ontario (TNO), in partnership with Nature and Outdoor Tourism Ontario (NOTO), is pleased to announce the much anticipated second annual Northern Ontario Tourism Summit was highly successful, bringing over 325 participants to Sault Ste. Marie. The summit was hosted at Quattro Hotel and Conference Centre from November 16-18th.

President of TNO, Marty Kalagian comments on the summit, “I was thrilled with the success of this year’s Northern Ontario Tourism Summit. Not only did we surpass the number of attendees from last year, we were also able to host a product development symposium and offer pre and post summit training opportunities geared specifically for Northern Ontario tourism operators. It was an excellent conference.”

Highlights of the event included a presentation by the Honourable Minister Bill Mauro, who stopped in Sault Ste. Marie to talk to attendees about the spring bear hunt and recent changes to the distribution of moose tags in the North. Attendees had the opportunity to take part in two full days of workshops and training, followed by networking opportunities and key note speaker presentations in the evenings.

Brenda Baughman, President of NOTO and owner of Bow Narrows Camp in Red Lake had this to say about the event, “It was so inspiring and energizing to see so many tourism industry colleagues and partners at one event. This year we saw the different tourism sectors really begin to network and build new relationships. This event provided amazing opportunities for collaboration and growth. The information from all of the professional presenters and workshop hosts was tremendously valuable for everyone who attended and we can’t wait to use and share what we learned in our own business.”

Sudbury will play host to the 2016 Northern Ontario Tourism Summit next fall. To find out more about the 2015 Northern Ontario Tourism Summit, or to stay up to date on next year’s summit, please visit www.northernontariotourismsummit.ca.

Tourism Northern Ontario is one of 13 not-for-profit regional tourism organizations supported by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS). With an independent industry-led Board of Directors, TNO is the largest tourism region in geography, the second largest in expenditure and the only region that includes sub-regions. The Province’s investment in the regional program allows TNO to undertake a variety of initiatives, like the Northern Ontario Tourism Summit, designed to increase tourism opportunities in the North by targeting product development, marketing, workforce and industry training and investment attraction. To find out more, go to www.tourismnorthernontario.com.