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Respond to OHTO's Monthly Guiding Question to Share Your Story

Come Wander has been created to share the stories of Ontario's Highlands and provide a place for our tourism partners and operators to share their brand message and reach new audiences. We know you're busy, so we're asking that you answer just one simple question each month.

There's something special about sleeping surrounding by stars and away from city lights. This month we have the great outdoors on our mind and we're asking:

Where would you suggest a visitor camp or go off-grid at a cabin this summer?

Please submit your response to this question by Friday, March 29, 2019.

Ontario's Highlands Tourism Organization February 2019 Newsletter

In this Issue:

OHTO News

  • Engaging Visitors with Winter Videos

Press

  • Ice Cube Gallery Makes CTV Toronto News
  • Narcity Shows Love for Elements Luxury Tented Camp
  • New York Times Reporter Ventures Through Haliburton

Opportunities

Industry Updates

  • Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail Recognized
  • Ontario Tourism Survey

Tourism Trends

  • November 2018 Snapshot

Click here to view OHTO's February 2019 newsletter with news, industry tips and exclusive opportunities!

Respond to OHTO's Monthly Guiding Question to Share Your Story

Come Wander has been created to share the stories of Ontario's Highlands and provide a place for our tourism partners and operators to share their brand message and reach new audiences. We know you're busy, so we're asking that you answer just one simple question each month.

With lush forests, sparkling lakes, rolling rivers, and ample wildlife, Ontario’s Highlands is filled with natural beauty. This month we are dreaming of warmer days and asking:

Where would you suggest a visitor paddle this spring or summer to take in some of the best views of the region?

Please submit your response to this question by Thursday, February 28, 2019.

Have a question about this opportunity? Please contact Jennifer for more information.

Ontario's Highlands Tourism Organization January 2019 Newsletter

In this Issue:

OHTO News

  • Winter Experience Videos
  • Reaching and Supporting Visitors in the Digital World
  • Save the Date for #OHSUM2019

Press

  • New Ice Cube Gallery Event Covered by Local Press
  • Calabogie Peaks Welcomes International Athletes
  • Narcity Toronto Highlights Animal Farms for Visiting

Opportunities

Industry Updates

  • Ontario Tourism Survey
  • OVTA Hosting Municipal Accommodation Tax Info Sessions
  • Tourism Day @ Queen's Park
  • Ministry of Finance's 2019 Budget Consultations
  • Voyageur Cycling Route Mobile Workshops
  • Festival of Small Halls Accepting Hall Submissions
  • New Festivals and Events Ontario Website Launched

Tourism Trends

  • October 2018 Snapshot

 

Click here to view OHTO's January 2019 newsletter with news, industry tips and exclusive opportunities!

Renfrew and Area Chamber of Commerce January 2019 Newsletter

Click here to read the latest issue of the Chamber of Commerce newsletter!

In this issue:

The Renfrew & Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking Applications to fill vacancies on its Board of Directors 2019-2020. The Board meets each month on the third Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. As a Chamber Director you will have an opportunity to help shape the future success of our business community and the way in which we do business. Interested members should contact Gail at 613-432-7015 or info@renfrewareachamber.ca by February 13, 2019.

  • Chamber Member News
  • Community Events

Help Shape the Ontario Tourism Strategy

Take the survey by Feb 28!

As the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport looks to develop a new Ontario Tourism Strategy, they are first gathering feedback from visitors, students, and industry stakeholders in Ontario. Providing your feedback in the form of a short survey will help the Ministry ensure the tourism sector continues to grow and thrive.

The Tourism Operator/Industry Stakeholder survey is open to individuals who own a tourism business, support tourism businesses (e.g., Chamber of Commerce, BIAs) or are engaged within the tourism sector (e.g. worker, municipality, or association).

Your feedback will help to shape the following focus areas:

  • embrace a visitor-first approach
  • improve the business climate
  • improve sector alignment
  • provincial interests and role in tourism
  • support business and community development

The survey deadline is February 28, 2019. To learn more and to take the survey, please click here.

Organizing a Festival, Event, or Tourism Workshop? Get extra support with these opportunities from OHTO

Organizing a Festival, Event, or Tourism Workshop?

The New Year presents an opportunity to learn, grow, and improve, and we are here to help you achieve your goals. If you are organizing a festival or event, or a tourism-related workshop, read on to find out about two exciting opportunities for support.

Click here to read more from Ontario's Highlands Tourism Organization's latest email.

Renfrew and Area Chamber of Commerce December 2018 Newsletter

Click here to read the latest issue of the Chamber of Commerce newsletter!

In this issue:

Message from Renfrew & Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

The Renfrew & Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors would like to express their sincere thank you for your continued support of your Chamber. Your support through membership, participation and sponsorship, makes a real difference in maintaining and enhancing the local business environment. We wish you, your families and friends a very Merry Christmas and a successful New Year.

  • Chamber Member News
  • Community Events

Ontario's Highlands Tourism Organization December 2018 Newsletter

In this Issue:

OHTO News

  • OH!Tourism Summit 2018 Feedback Prize
  • 'Tis the Season to Be Social
  • Unique Yurt in Haliburton Gets Press Coverage 
  • Delicious Gift Ideas Highlighted by Ontario's CTA

Opportunities

Industry Updates

  • Hastings County's Tourism Awards Winners

Tourism Trends

  • September 2018 Snapshot

 

Click here to view OHTO's December 2018 newsletter with news, industry tips and exclusive opportunities!

Renfrew and Area Chamber of Commerce November 2018 Newsletter

Click here to read the latest issue of the Chamber of Commerce newsletter!

In this issue:

Local Business Spotlight: ontrac Employment Resource Services

ontrac Employment Resource Services is thrilled to be a part of the Renfrew community, recently opening our doors in April 2018! As part of the Employment Ontario network, ontrac provides FREE employment services to both employers and job seekers. ontrac has 3 office locations - Arnprior (since 2000), Smiths Falls (since 2002), and Renfrew (since 2018). Each office contains a fully equipped resource centre which includes computers with internet access, photocopiers, fax machines, job boards, newspapers, career-search resources and materials, community resources, and professional staff to provide assistance and support.

  • Chamber Member News
  • Community Events

Renfrew and Area Chamber of Commerce October 2018 Newsletter

Click here to read the latest issue of the Chamber of Commerce newsletter!

In this issue:

  • Chamber Member Spotlight: Megram
    Megram (Megram Consulting Services Ltd.) was established 17 years ago and is one of the oldest association management companies in Canada providing management and specialized administrative services to professional and trade associations.. Megram serves as the associations’ headquarters, managing day-to-day operations and acting as the public face of the organization. Many non-profits do not wish to carry the expense overheads of office space and staff. Megram uses economies of scale to provide professional, bilingual services across a broad spectrum of clients.
  • Chamber Member News
  • Community Events

Ontario's Highlands Tourism Organization October 2018 Newsletter

Online registration for OH!Tourism Summit 2018 closes at the end of the day on Tuesday, October 23 – that’s less than one week away! Our 8th annual tourism conference and AGM is being hosted in partnership with #MyHaliburtonHighlands at Bark Lake Leadership and Conference Centre on October 29. This is a chance to network with industry peers, take a closer look at the power of referrals as your most powerful marketing tool, learn how you can offer impactful experiences that will turn visitors into fans, and explore more ways we can continue to work together to inspire visitors to Come Wander Ontario’s Highlands.
 
We'll be exploring the theme Rave Reviews: How Cultivating a Destination Experience Mindset Can Amplify Your Most Powerful Marketing Tool and registration this year is just $45+HST. Click here to see what is included.

In this Issue:
OHTO News

  • Calling All Passionate Visionaries: Apply to OHTO's Board of Directors Today!
  • Finding Yourself and Sharing Your Story
  • Wandering Badges Now Available
  • Small Towns with Big Foodie Appeal
  • Dairy Distillery Garnering Attention
  • Narcity's Breathtaking Spots 2 Hours From Ottawa

Opportunities

Industry Updates

  • Indigenous Tourism Survey and Workshops
  • Congratulations to Ontario Parks' Jeff Brown
  • #MyHaliburtonHighlands Newsletter Revamped
  • WorkInCulture Survey
  • You're Invited to the Hastings County Tourism Awards

Click here to view OHTO's October 2018 newsletter with news, industry tips and exclusive opportunities!

10 Reasons You Don't Want to Miss #OHSUM2018

Every year around this time, we highlight the Top 10 Reasons to Attend the OH!Tourism Summit (think: networking, learning from industry experts, working together to grow tourism, maximizing your marketing dollars, creating quality experiences, and more).

This year, we wanted to do things a little differently. We know that what truly makes our region stand out from other destinations are the friendly faces and warm hospitality found throughout our communities - the people who make you, and visitors to Ontario's Highlands, feel at home. The faces of our communities are what make our destination truly remarkable.

So for our Top 10 Reasons to Attend #OHSUM2018 we would like to introduce you to the incredible, passionate stakeholders from across Ontario's Highlands who will be guiding afternoon Fireside Chats on 10 key topics, and are just some of the amazing connections you could make by registering to attend OH!Tourism Summit 2018.

 

Click here to learn about the stakeholders!

 

We know the people above will bring their passion for tourism in Ontario's Highlands to help inspire conversation and learning, yet we seem to be missing someone who could make it even better:
YOU!

Bring your ideas, challenges, and stories to join in the discussions October 29, 2018.

Registration is only $45 +HST and includes:

  • Admission, lunch, snacks and refreshments during conference.
  • A keynote address exploring the power of word of mouth marketing and how to leverage referrals and your visitors to grow your business
  • More opportunities than ever to connect with industry peers, build potential partnerships, and share best practices
  • The chance to do something you love or try something new (click here for a detailed schedule)
  • Door prizes and giveaways including a grand prize draw for Google Wifi – an advanced and enhanced router created by Google to make your wifi signal stronger

 

Register Now!

We look forward to welcoming you to #OHSUM2018!

Register Today for OH!Tourism Summit 2018

Join Tourism Movers and Shakers from Across Ontario's Highlands at
OH!Tourism Summit 2018!

And finally, the big question:

1. Learn to Market Through People Instead of To People

It's no secret that today's tourism industry is competitive and consumers have a vast amount of information about each destination available at their fingertips. In order to catch attention and remain top of mind, destinations need to connect with individuals’ interests in an authentic way and offer quality experiences that cause visitors to share their remarkable stories fostering greater word of mouth referrals – ultimately our most powerful marketing tool. Together at this year's OH!Tourism Summit, we’ll explore more about the pillars of building a successful destination and dive into OHTO’s new approach to working with industry to enhance visitor experiences.  Join us for a day of exploration, innovation, networking, and collaboration and walk away with tactics that will help you increase the buzz about your business or community and attract visitors in new ways.

2. Grow Your Network

Not only will networking opportunities be woven throughout the day's program, which we can't wait to share more info on soon, but the collaboration and discussion will continue during a social evening at The Dominion Hotel in Minden. Taking on a casual yet funky 'coffee house' vibe, attendees will get to listen to local talent take the stage to share original and cover songs exploring the ups, downs, and humourous moments of life. Grab a bite and a drink while you carry on conversations, meet new friends, and take some time to unwind after a full day of conferencing. Whether you’re hitting the road and heading home or staying overnight, stick around for this evening event to sway to the sounds of live music, and network in a relaxed setting.

3. Embrace the Beauty of Camp

Did you ever go to camp as a kid? Maybe you came home with new archery skills, having paddled your first kayak, with new experiments to demonstrate to your friends, or with artwork to decorate your bedroom walls. No matter the theme of your camp experience, chances are you came back having tried something new or developed your skills. The beauty of camp is growing without even realizing it - of learning in a fun environment. With the incredible setting of Bark Lake Leadership and Conference Centre providing us the chance to get closer to nature and experience a different type of classroom, that's exactly what we'll be doing: learning and growing together. Step out of the ordinary conference setting and into the woods with a program designed to let you choose your own adventure and embrace your inner wanderer to experience well-loved or new camp activities. Explore top tourism topics, dream, plan, and connect with tourism colleagues in a setting that sparks creativity.

 

Registration for #OHSUM2018 is available for just $45 +HST and includes:

  • Admission, lunch, snacks and refreshments during conference.
  • A keynote address exploring the power of word of mouth marketing and how to leverage referrals and your visitors to grow your business
  • More opportunities than ever to connect with industry peers, build potential partnerships, and share best practices
  • The chance to do something you love or try something new (click here for a detailed schedule)
  • Door prizes and giveaways including a grand prize draw for Google Wifi – an advanced and enhanced router created by Google to make your wifi signal stronger
  • A free $10 gas card for the first 35 attendees

Register Now!

Need help registering or have a question?
Send us an email or give us a call at 613-629-6486 ext. 206.

New to the "Frew" Newcomers' Night on November 14

Are you “New” to the Renfrew Area, or do you know of someone who is?

The Renfrew & Area Chamber of Commerce is holding their Annual Newcomers’ Night at the Royal Canadian Legion, 30 Raglan St., Renfrew

All residents who are new or returning to the Renfrew Area are encouraged to come out:
Wednesday November 14, 2018 from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The evening will showcase local merchants, restaurants and services available in Renfrew and the surrounding area. Come and be impressed by all the Renfrew Area has to offer!

Registration is FREE!
To register or for further information, please contact the office on
or before November 12, 2018 at 613-432-7015 or
Email: info@renfrewareachamber.ca

Click here to view the event flyer.

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