Thunder Bay will host an inaugural summit that will examine how to boost tourism in Northern Ontario.
From Nov. 19-21 stakeholders will gather for the first annual Northern Ontario Tourism Summit, a joint initiative of Tourism Northern Ontario (TNO) and Nature and Outdoors Tourism. Over three days, participants will take part in a tradeshow highlighting Northern tourism organizations and businesses, practical workshops, and information sessions. The Northern Ontario Tourism Summit complements the provincial event taking place Nov. 12-13 in the Town of Blue Mountains.
The keynote speaker for the event will be Jon Montgomery, the 2010 Olympic skeleton gold medallist and host of the reality show The Amazing Race, Canada.
Other speakers and workshop presenters include Barb Ferrell, founder of Ferrell & Partners Marketing Inc., and Judy Rogers, president of Research Resolutions & Consulting Ltd.
“We are bringing in the best,” said David MacLachlan, executive director for Tourism Northern Ontario, in a news release. “With sessions of interest to our broader industry we are confident the Northern Ontario Tourism Summit will resonate with tourism operators.”
TNO is one of 13 not-for-profit regional tourism organizations funded by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport. TNO represents the largest tourism region in geography, and second largest in expenditure. Governed by its Board of Directors, TNO is committed to building a competitive and sustainable tourism industry in Northern Ontario by attracting an increased number of visitors, and encourage increased spending.