Connecting, engaging and informing Durham Tourism's valued stakeholders.
May 2017  

Greetings from Durham Tourism
Spring greetings! Welcome to the May issue of Durham Tourism's Industry Insights!
It has certainly been a rainy spring -- perhaps all these May showers will bring spectacular flowers! Whatever the weather, we are looking forward to what promises to be a sensational season in Durham Region.

Durham Tourism is excited about the many projects and celebrations that are gearing up across the region, as we head towards celebrations for Canada's 150th birthday. Watch for an exciting announcement in early June about how Durham Tourism is supporting local celebrations of Canada's sesquicentennial.

This issue of Industry Insights has more great news for the tourism industry, from funding announcements to awards of excellence. We always love to hear from you! What's top of mind for you as we head into one of the busiest tourism seasons? Connect with us through the Durham Tourism Facebook and Sport Durham Facebook pages. Or, follow us on Twitter via @DurhamTourism and @Sport_Durham.

If you are hosting an upcoming event in Durham Region, remember to visit the events section at, to register and submit your event to our free, online calendar. 
Tourism Industry Highlights
Canadian Automotive Museum receives a facelift

Congratulations to the Canadian Automotive Museum, which recently received a $72,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. This grant is part of the Ontario150 Community Capital Program, and will fund exterior facade improvements at the Museum, which is housed in a former 1920s Chevrolet-Oakland dealership in Oshawa.

For more information visit:

Article spotlight:
"Tourism - the purest form of economic development"

Tourism expert, author and speaker Roger Brooks is passionate about helping people make their communities and workplaces the destination for investment. With tourism being one of the fastest-growing industries, Roger's latest LinkedIn article " The Three Reasons Tourism is the Purest form of Economic Development" is a must read!
Nominations now open for
Ontario Tourism Awards

Does your business embody the spirit of tourism in Ontario? Are you at the forefront of sustainable tourism? Is sharing the story of our food and our land your mission?

If you are passionate about enhancing tourism in
your local community, consider applying for the
Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence or the 2017 Culinary Tourism Awards. Nominations are now open
for these awards, which recognize those who have made
significant contributions to Ontario's tourism industry. 

The awards cover three categories: 
  1. Tourism Industry Awards of Excellence. Awards are available in seven subcategories. Detailed information and applications are available online at
  2. Tourism Marketing and Travel Media Awards of Excellence. Awards are available in seven subcategories. More information and applications are available online at
  3. The 2017 Culinary Tourism Awards of Excellence. Are you passionate about sharing your story and advancing the culinary tourism movement in Ontario? Awards for the 2017 Culinary Tourism awards are available in three subcategories: Culinary Tourism Leadership Excellence, Culinary Tourism Experience Excellence and Culinary Tourism Event of the Year. Additional information and applications are available online at:
The application deadline for all awards is June 30 .

The awards are jointly presented by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario, the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation, and the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance.
What's new in Sport Tourism?
Keep these upcoming sport events on your radar!         

Ensure that your business is prepared to welcome incoming athletes and visitors to Durham Region during key sporting events.

Keep the following events on your radar over the next month:
  • Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend,
    May 19 to 21, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Bowmanville.
  • OFSAA Girls Rugby, May 29 to 31, with 1,100 participants, including athletes, coaches and officials.
  • Overdrive Race & Relay SeriesJune 10, six-hour and 12-hour endurance rides on the Grand Prix circuit of the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Bowmanville.

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Durham Tourism and Sport Durham!
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