South Eastern Ontario's Tourism Industry Gets A Boost: RTO 9 Reveals Partnership Fund Recipients - RTO 9

South Eastern Ontario’s Tourism Industry Gets A Boost: RTO 9 Reveals Partnership Fund Recipients

RTO 9, the official Regional Tourism Organization for South Eastern Ontario, is proud to announce the recipients of its Partnership Fund. Our first intake round will support 9 exciting projects that promote tourism and economic growth in the region

Each of these initiatives has been carefully selected for their potential to enhance the visitor experience and drive economic benefits for the region.

Through the Partnership Fund, RTO 9 aims to foster collaboration and innovation in the tourism industry, ensuring that South Eastern Ontario remains a top destination for visitors. We are committed to working with our partners to promote initiatives that have a positive impact on the local community and the tourism industry as a whole.

We would like to congratulate the recipients of this year’s Partnership Fund and thank them for their dedication to promoting tourism and economic growth in the region. We can’t wait to see the impact these initiatives will have on the visitor experience in South Eastern Ontario!


Spitfire Cafe – Twilight Tuesday Makers’ Market

1000 Islands Rideau Waterways

Wildling Acres – North Grenville Tourism Trail

No. 9 – Eco-Art Exhibition

SDG Counties

Humble Beginnings Brewery – A Humble Celebration


Artfest Kingston – G’da Naakwaannaan Aazhiganan

Martello Alley – Jardin’art – Art in the Garden

Prince Edward County

Community Craft Beer Festivals – PEC Craft Beer Festival

Base 31 – Historical Self-Guided Tour

Hayloft Dancehall – Prince Edward Stage Trail

Our second application for Partnership Funding will open from July 3rd – July 21st, 2023. The first category is new events, which can be a one-day event or a larger festival over multiple days. The second category is for the development of Indigenous tourism products, where funding can be used to assist Indigenous operators in creating their tourism businesses or enhancing their products. The third category is for the development of guided experiences or trails, which adds a personal touch to the visitor experience and includes curated outdoor adventures. Learn more about our Partnership Funding Program here. 

If you have further questions, you are encouraged to contact Meg Dabros, Operations Manager

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 GananoqueBay of QuinteBrockvilleCornwall and Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry CountiesFrontenac CountyKingstonLennox and AddingtonPrince Edward County and the 1000 Islands and Rideau Canal Waterways.