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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.
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:
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
Indigenous Tourism Survey and Workshops
Congratulations to Ontario Parks' Jeff Brown
#MyHaliburtonHighlands Newsletter Revamped
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!
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.
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
Please be advised that the Highway 60 (Raglan Street South/ Veterans Memorial Boulevard)/ Hall Avenue/ County Road 52 intersection will be closed to all traffic starting Monday, September 24th, 2018 until October 5th, 2018.
A Detour will be in effect for Highway 60 via Gillan Road, Hall Avenue and Plaunt Street. A Detour for County Road 52 will be in effect via Airth Boulevard, Opeongo Road, Bonnechere Street South and Renfrew Avenue West.
Concrete sidewalks are completed on Bridge Street, Raglan Street North and Raglan Street South from Munroe Avenue to Renfrew Avenue West
Bonnechere Excavating Inc. (BEI)'s subcontractor will be returning October 2nd to complete sidewalks on Raglan Street South from Renfrew Avenue West to Hall Avenue.
Top lift of asphalt is scheduled for September 28th and 29th for Bridge Street, Raglan Street North and Raglan Street South from Munroe Avenue to Duke Street.
Base lift asphalt is tentative scheduled over the next two weeks weather depending, for Raglan Street South from Duke Street to Renfrew Avenue West.
If you have any concerns related to the project or require special accessibility accommodations, please let us know by contacting the project manager noted below. The Town of Renfrew would like to thank you with your patience and cooperation with this important construction project.
Join us for a family friendly 5Km walk in support of kidney disease. Walk for someone you love at the Kidney Walk and become part of Canada’s largest community event dedicated to raising funds for kidney research and programs that help support Canadians living with kidney disease.
The Kidney Walk is a great way for families, friends and colleagues to come together to show support for the 1 in 10 Canadians living with kidney disease. It’s where the kidney community gathers to show their unwavering commitment to kidney health and improved lives for all people touched by kidney disease.
Raise $100 or more and receive a Kidney Walk t-shirt
Raise $1000 or more and become a Kidney Walk Champion
Every step is a giant leap forward in the fight against kidney disease!
This weekend is the Bluegrass Festival in Renfrew. There is a free horse drawn wagon bringing festival goers Downtown every hour on Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15 from 11am until 3pm.
The drop off and pick up location is at the corner of Raglan Street South and Renfrew Avenue, spaces will be blocked for this shuttle.
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.
Our sparkling lakes and lush forests are a true treat for the senses in fall – with crisp air and vibrant colours – so this month, we want to know:
Raglan Street South - Monroe Avenue to Patrick Avenue
Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 until Friday, June 29th, 2018 will only be open to local traffic
Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 until Friday, July 27th, 2018 will only be open to local traffic
Traffic and pedestrians access to businesses will remain open.
Detours will be in effect via Patrick Avenue and Lochiel Street North/South.
The Town of Renfrew has secured additional parking during the construction project at 3 locations.
Renfrew Curling Rink
Located at 195 Xavier Street
Monday to Friday - 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.
St. Francis Xavier Church
Located at 331 Plaunt Street South
Monday to Friday - 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.
St. Paul’s Anglican Church
Located at 96 Argyle Street South
Monday to Friday - 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.
Watermain replacement on Raglan Street South will begin Monday, June 25th. Properties shown in the map below will be connected to a temporary water service which will provide potable water through an outside tap or interior connection. Base rates for water and wastewater services will only be applied to properties that are connected to temporary water services
If you have any concerns related to the project or require special accessibility accommodations, please let us know by contacting the project manager noted below. The Town of Renfrew would like to thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation with the construction project.
We hope that you will consider sponsoring the Festival and using your Event pass to come out and enjoy this wonderful festival and be part of making it great. Event passes are $80 for entertainment from July 12 – 15.