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November 2017  

Greetings from Durham Tourism
These crisp November mornings are a clear indication that winter is lurking just around the corner. Both snowy days and the lead up to the busy holiday season are beginning already!

Welcome to the November edition of Durham Tourism's Industry Insights. In this issue, get the inside scoop on one of the newest businesses to open in Durham, learn about the sustainable initiatives of another, as well as exciting developments taking place at the Region itself.

If you are hosting an upcoming event in Durham Region, remember to visit the events sections at both and to register and submit your events to our free, online calendars.
Tourism Industry Highlights
Deer Creek embraces green initiatives

Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility is featured in the October Durham Sustain Ability newsletter for a number of green initiatives that the organization has recently introduced. Beginning in October, the facility no longer purchases plastic straws, opting instead to serve their drinks straw-less. Biodegradable straws will be available for those guests who request straws. This move is part of the #StrawsSuck campaign, which aims to raise awareness about the high volume of plastic waste ending up in our oceans.

Staff at Deer Creek already participate in a number of green initiatives, including pollinator friendly spaces throughout their property, roadside cleanup of a portion of Taunton Road several times a year, and participation in shoreline clean ups with other Durham Partners in Project Green (DPPG) members. Congratulations on helping reduce the environmental impact of business! 
Durham Tourism and Invest Durham websites to merge with the new

As of mid-December, and will be part of the new website in an effort to streamline how we deliver information to the public. The merger is a result of months of consultation and development.
Both and will automatically be redirected to their respective new sections on the new Regional website ----we encourage you to check it out when we celebrate our official launch on December 13! The current URLs will bring you to the new website, which we continue to build with the latest information, news and events. Share your feedback with us by emailing
Now open: The Little Beasts Brewing Company
The Little Beasts Brewing Company recently opened its doors on October 20. Founders Erin Broadfoot (formerly of 5 Paddles Brewing) and John Henley opened the 10-hectolitre brewery, complete with a small taproom and bottle shop. Located at 2075 Forbes Street in Whitby, the brewery currently offers five beers for purchase (in bottle) and on tap! Little Beasts produces a selection of craft beers, including Pale Ales, IPAs, Stouts and a seasonally themed line of Saisons. The brewery is also planning a barrel program in the near future. Stop by for a pint or check out the Little Beasts Brewing Company page on Facebook. Cheers!
Amazon HQ2 bid
Durham Region is Amazon's right choice for a bright future. That's the message that resonates throughout a new collaborative website, highlighting the benefits of investing in Durham.
The Durham Region, Canada --- Amazon HQ2 Proposal website at outlines why our region is the best choice:  reputation for innovation and creativity; presence of an educated and highly skilled workforce; rich cultural heritage and strong creative culture; and demonstrates why Durham Region is  an attractive choice for businesses and families.
What's new in Sport Tourism?
Keep these upcoming sport events on your radar!
Take advantage of Sport Durham's monthly sport events radar to ensure that your business is prepared to welcome incoming athletes and visitors to Durham Region during key sport events!

Keep the following events on your radar for this month:
  • Great Ontario Bonspiel, Annandale Curling Club, Ajax; November 18. In celebration of Canada 150, check out the 20 curling clubs throughout Ontario that will be participating in this bonspiel.
  • Gloria Rints International Silver Stick Tournament, Whitby, November 23 to 26. Approximately 120 teams participating.
  • Whitby Girls Hockey Association Tournament of Heroes, this year's tournament celebrates the 20th anniversary of the tournament, December 1 to 3, various rinks in Whitby and Oshawa. A portion of tournament proceeds is donated to Wounded Warriors Canada. 
Durham Sport Convergence
December 7, 2017
Sport Durham is pleased to invite stakeholders to join us at the 2017 Sport Durham Convergence on December 7 at the Civic Recreation Complex Fieldhouse, 99 Thornton Road South, Oshawa, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

With 2019 Ontario Parasport Games planning underway, we look forward to learning more about parasport and how we can provide para-athletes with the best possible experience while competing #InTheDR. We will also hear about the inspiring legacy of the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games and how to incorporate meaningful legacy plans into our events.
This year, we invite you to dress for comfort and activity. Yes, that means athletic wear is encouraged! You'll have the opportunity to get out on the field and try blind soccer. Since the event will be in the temperature controlled indoor fieldhouse at the Civic Recreation Complex, we suggest dressing in layers.

Our exciting roster includes:
  • Sport Durham update
  • Keynote address, Leading #Team 88--- How Sport Helps Reconciliation, presented by Michael T. Cvitkovic, General Manager of the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG 2017) 
  • 2019 Ontario Parasport Games update
  • Blind soccer try-it session led by Matthew Greenwood, Executive Director, Pickering Soccer Club
  • The Para-athlete Experience, an interactive panel discussion featuring para-athletes including:
    • Anthony Lue, para-cyclist
    • Mike Frogley, Director and Head Coach, Wheelchair Basketball Canada Academy
    • Rick Watters, para-sailor and boccia player
  • Sport Event Legacy Planning session presented by Cheryl Finn, Director of Sport Tourism for Tourism London and Chair of the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) on behalf of the CSTA
  • (Tentative) Sport Trends in Durham student presentations with Ian Ellis, Professor, Durham College Sport Management and Durham College Business of Sport students
Register here by November 30. Tickets are $20 and include a light breakfast and lunch 
We look forward to an engaging day of sharing, learning and collaboration to advance sport tourism in Durham Region!
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