RTO 9 is pleased to announce that we will be partnering with 20 tourism operators from across the region from now until March 31st, 2022. The Partnership Fund program is an initiative to support projects designed with the intent to make the South Eastern Ontario region a premier travel destination.
The project categories for this year’s applications included New or Enhanced Tourism Product/Experience, Digitizing Your Tourism Business, and Signage.
The following is the list of the successful recipients from our first intake period.
Building signage for old schoolhouse being transformed into an Indigenous cultural hub.
Creation of distinctive and intimate coffee roastery tours that captivates the senses and stimulates curiosity about both coffee and Wolfe Island.
Building signage for The Hotel on Wolfe Island.
DO THE THING PRODUCTIONS INC.
Creation of a new walking tour program where visitors to the Belleville Downtown District can step back in time and follow in the footsteps of actual local historical figures while experiencing and participating in a vignette of their lives.
App Development with information, fun facts, interactive cruise routes, and up to 12 language commentaries.
The development and execution of an integrated digital marketing plan for the launch of Maison Maitland Villas, opening Spring 2023.
The International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM) is a five-day outdoor celebration of agriculture and rural living. There are plowing competitions, numerous opportunities to learn about agriculture, live entertainment and more.
The Snowmobile Grass Drag Event on October 16th is a grass snowmobile race that allows all levels of powersports enthusiasts to experience the fun.
JAMMING AROUND MAN PROD’S
Creation of a Family Carnival Experience with skating on the waterway: family hockey area, skating trails, nighttime skating, Ice carving & sculptures, Castle Maxe, Ice Slide etc
Building signage for this iconic Hotel.
Hwy 15 signage.
SUSANNE LARNER CONSULTING
Expansion of the Twilux Lantern Parade, taking place November 12th. On the day of the event lantern-makers of all ages can bring their glowing creations to the illuminated Crozier Park for merry musicians, to sing with and parade the streets.
Enhancement of the 2nd Field & Feast event held on September 10th. This will be an evening under the stars in a farmer’s field that will be enhanced by engaging Indigenous and Irish chefs and Indigenous musical entertainment.
Increase overnight visitation to the region by increasing awareness of The Heart of the Willow as an additional experience for guests to visit when in SDG Counties.
Creation of custom digital content related to the business, including professional photography to enhance their social media presence.
Website rebuild to enable e-commerce platform etc.
A wine & culinary experience on November 11th -13th highlighting producers in the County.
Enhancing the November 26th – December 4th Holiday Market with carollers, horse & buggy rides, 80+ local vendors, and more.
SHUBHA SHYAM INVESTMENTS
New 401 highway signage for hotel and building signage for their restaurant.
Establish an annual Holiday Pantomime to help drive tourism during the off-season months and extend the duration of visits for anyone attending the Gananoque’s Festival of Lights.
Learn more about our Partnership Funding Program here. If you have further questions, you are encouraged to contact Lori McIsaac, Director of Experiential Tourism Development at email@example.com.
About RTO 9
RTO 9 is a regional tourism organization established in 2010 that is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industries. RTO 9 actively promotes tourism for the South Eastern Ontario region and works to support and grow the tourism industry through marketing, product development, investment attraction, and workforce development initiatives. The regions of South Eastern Ontario are 1000 Islands Gananoque, Bay of Quinte, Brockville, Cornwall and Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Counties, Frontenac County, Kingston, Lennox and Addington, Prince Edward County and the 1000 Islands and Rideau Canal Waterways.