August 2019 Issue of the Highlands Highlight, OHTO's Monthly Industry Newsletter.


News, Industry Tips and Exclusive Opportunities: August 2019 Issue of the Highlands Highlight, OHTO's Monthly Industry Newsletter.

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In this Issue:

Industry Updates
Tourism Trends

  Feed into Come Wander:
  Respond to August Question 




Mark Your Calendars for the Biggest Tourism Conference in Ontario's Highlands
Every fall, tourism champions from across Ontario’s Highlands gather for the largest tourism conference in the region to share best practices, network, and learn from industry experts. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 23, 2019 and join us for OH!Tourism Summit 2019 as we explore the power of partnerships and how together, we are growing tourism and becoming Ontario's most talked about region! This year, we’ll be gathering at Germania Club Pembroke to explore the theme of Stronger Together: Growing Tourism Through Collaboration. Watch your inbox and the conference website for future announcements and in the meantime, save the date!
Looking for Leaders! Apply to OHTO's Board of Directors Today
Are you passionate about tourism in Ontario’s Highlands? Share your vision for the future! OHTO’s Board of Directors is looking for energetic, positive, and collaborative strategic thinkers to contribute to the growth of tourism in the region by volunteering to serve as a Director of the Board. Opportunities to fill vacancies are available to our members, and interested individuals able to commit to a three year term are encouraged to click here for more information,or contact OHTO.
Tips for Sharing Events
We are thrilled to hear about more and more events being dreamed up and developed across Ontario’s Highlands! Visitor events can be a lot of fun, but are also a lot of work. On top of all the planning, coordinating, and set-up tasks, there is the challenge of marketing the event to drum up attendance. This month on our Come Wander Industry Blog, we give our top three suggestions for simple, quick, and free ways to help spread the word. Please click here to read the full post.


The Guardian Includes Haliburton on Fall Colour Round Up
We already know how incredible the fall colours are in Ontario's Highlands, but thanks to The Guardian's article 10 Unmissable Autumn Experiences in Ontario, British travellers may soon be booking their trip to Haliburton, which was listed in the article.
Two Local Blogs Highlight Neat Coffee Shop
Not one, but two local lifestyle blogs did a feature on Neat Coffee Shop last month. Apartment 613 put together a great piece on why Neat should be on the radar of all music lovers in Ottawa, if it isn't already, and Narcity Ottawa wrote about why its readers should pay the Burnstown cafe a visit.
CBC Shines Light on New Lanark County Experiences
Two new Lanark County experiences were the focus of recent CBC Ottawa articles. Owners of the newly opened Gaslight Cafe & Sign Gallery spoke to CBC about their unique space in Almonte, while Perth operator, The Axe Shop, explained what their new 'rage cage' is all about.
Round Up Lists Featuring Ontario's Highlands
It was a busy month with quite a few other operators or locations featured in various round-up list articles by local media. chose Grail Springs Retreat as one of the wellness retreats near Toronto to visit while Narcity Toronto urged readers to check out Egan Chutes Provincial Park. Narcity Ottawa's list of late August activities saw both The Great Water War event in Renfrew and the heritage canoe paddle in Smiths Falls make the list.
Lanark Cottage Getaway Profiled on
The folks behind wrote about their getaway to a cottage on Long Lake in Lanark County, and what they did in Perth and the surrounding area to keep busy, including Stewart Park Festival.




Respond to August's Guiding Question
Have you shared your response to this month’s Guiding Question yet? If not, please do so now! Our region is overflowing with character and charm, and this can be seen in many of our welcoming accommodations. This month, we want to know:

Where would you suggest a visitor stay in Ontario's Highlands for a unique experience?

Please click here to share your suggestion by August 30!


Share Your Fall Experiences! Fill in the New Fall Product Knowledge Form
With the current hot weather, it’s hard to believe that the cooler days of fall are only a couple of months away. The OHTO team is already outlining fall content to share through Come Wander and is looking for your input. We’ve simplified our Fall Seasonal Product Form to provide an easy way to share your fall experiences, tap into new audiences, and attract visitors. Please click here to fill in the Fall Seasonal Product Form and let the team at OHTO know what's coming up at your business or community by August 26, 2019.


Industry Updates

Calling all Hastings County Trailblazers

Are you a pioneer in your industry, who thrives on thinking outside of the box? Is community a deep-rooted value that lends to the success of your organization? And is being authentic, yet anything but ordinary, what you strive to achieve? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, you most certainly may be this year’s Hastings Trailblazer recipient.

Hastings County is now accepting nominations for its new award, the Hastings Trailblazer Award, until Thursday, August 28th at 4:00pm. This award recognizes the trailblazers of our region and their achievements as strong contributors to our rural economy, be it tourism, agriculture, forestry, manufacturing, retail, or services. It is open to all businesses, organizations, and individuals who are located and/or operate within Hastings County’s 14 member municipalities (excluding the Cities of Belleville & Quinte West).

Submit a nomination today!
Ontario Pork PIGstock Workshop Held Sept 9
You're invited to PIGstock on September 9 in Belleville, presented by Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance in partnership with Loyalist College. PIGstock is a one-day workshop for members of the food service industry who want to learn how to successfully incorporate Ontario pork into their businesses.The workshop will explore heritage and commercial breeds, tackle issues around purchasing power, access, and sourcing in Ontario, and will conclude with a field trip at a modern dry-aging meat plant. Click here to register or to learn more.
Dairy Distillery Wins Excellence in Agriculture Award
Congratulations to the team at Dairy Distillery for receiving recognition at the inaugural Excellence in Agriculture Awards. These awards, presented by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, recognize innovation in the agricultural industry. Click here to read the press release.


Tourism Trends

Snapshot: May 2019
Destination Canada has released its Monthly Tourism Snapshot for May 2019. May was a record-breaking month for international overnight arrivals - up 8% from May 2018 - which boosted the year-to-date arrivals up 5% from the previous year. You can view the full May 2019 snapshot here.

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