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Durham Tourism

Connecting, engaging and informing Durham Tourism's valued stakeholders
Survey 7.0 has now launched!

As the province continues on its path of slowly reopening and lifting some restrictions, we know the experience of this period can be different for our members, stakeholders and partner organizations.

As we all begin to adapt to the 'new normal' we know that there remain significant challenges and regulatory impediments. Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) continues to collect this information, assist those trying to access provincial and federal government support and advise government on how to best support our industry.

The information collected in this survey will also directly impact the Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) Conference briefing papers and meetings with key ministers in August.

The survey link is  surveymonkey.com/r/LQ82NHH - please share with your networks to help TIAO compile the most comprehensive set of data.

Survey 7.0 is now open until Friday July 31 at 8 a.m.
The Sunflower Farm
The Sunflower Farm
Come on down to The Sunflower Farm in Beaverton to experience the beautiful sunflower field this summer! They are excited to open the gates of their family farm to you and bring you closer to agriculture in Ontario.

This is the first 10-acre sunflower field in Durham Region! When the sunflowers bloom, take a stroll around the field and grab that perfect picture on the tractor next to thousands of sunflowers. Find them on Instagram @thesunflowerfarm for daily updates and for the sunflower bloom date.

Be sure to tag them in your sunflower photos!

#FindMeAtTheSunflowerFarm #SunflowerSelfie #TheSunflowerFarm 
Broadband One-Minute Survey

Durham Region recognizes the importance of adequate broadband infrastructure.
Broadband access is essential for the well-being and economic competitiveness of the region’s residents, businesses and institutions. It’s a vital piece of modern infrastructure that prepares us for the digital future. 

Help us to identify specific issues with service levels by taking our brief Broadband Survey.

Both those with good access and those with slow access should take the survey.

The information provided will provide insight into broadband needs in Durham, while helping to determine next steps.
Non-medical masks and face coverings

The use of non-medical masks or face coverings in commercial establishments is an additional public health measure (along with physical distancing, hand and cough hygiene and staying home when sick) that aims to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the community.

As of Friday July 10, 2020, wearing non-medical masks or face coverings is required in commercial establishments in Durham Region.

The following list of signage is available for online printing from the Durham Region Health Department to assist you with your business needs:

Each year, Ontario Culture Days sees over 1,500 events taking place in 150+ communities throughout the province, all thanks to a fantastic roster of organizers who make everything possible.

In 2020, the Culture Days festival has been extended to  September 25 - October 25 , creating even more opportunities to connect, share and highlight the vibrant arts and culture sector within our province.

If you are interested in hosting an event during this time frame, either in person or virtually, please be sure to check out the many valuable resources that Culture Days has to offer to assist you with online.
Canada Day the Durham Way
In case you missed it! Canada Day the
Durham Way!
Thank you to everyone who tuned into Canada Day the Durham Way on July 1 !

Nearly 6,000 people watched the event on Facebook Live on July 1 , and the program has now been viewed by close to 10,000 people!

If you missed it, please be sure to check out the program on the Durham Tourism Facebook page !
Marketing Opportunity

Central Counties Tourism is seeking Staycation and Worry Free Packages that encourage short, domestic holidays within York, Durham and Headwaters.

During these uncertain times, visitors are looking for exciting and fun vacation options, while staying close to home with flexible options. We are asking our partners to take the worry out of booking a local vacation or hotel stay. Do you have a special deal that can accommodate? Can the visit be cancelled for a full refund or rescheduled without a penalty. Can the experience be booked now for a later date?

Packages could offer a wide array of experiences within the hotel/B&B/Resort and in the city, such as outdoor dining at restaurants, wine tastings, spa and wellness programmes, fun family activitiesa and shopping experiences.

If you have a special package, please email your field representative today!

Deadline: July 24

York Durham Headwaters staycation packages will be promoted online via their social media channels, website and more.
Annual General Meeting presentations available

On June 24 , Central Counties Tourism held their first virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) with over 100 members.

The Speaker Sessions were highly rated with the webinars also recorded and available. Check out these sessions:

  • What will the new normal look like? Tourism, hospitality and consumers post-COVID, from Abacus Data. Central Counties Tourism (CCT) was one of the first to present this info from an Ontario wide survey of consumers.
  • Tourism Update from Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO). Key info from Beth Potter, President & CEO.
KenJen Fun Farm-
come visit the animals!

The KenJen Fun Farm in Oshawa is now open for COVID-19 compliant drive-thru visits. Load up the car and come for a visit to see all of their animals and fun exhibits,. Plus, there are always new baby animals to see!

There are opportunities to feed the animals from a distance as well. There is a $30 fee per car to help assist with raising funds to support the farm and the animals.

To book your date and time, call
DRIFF in a jiff
The Durham Region International Film Festival (DRIFF) is excited to be partnering with The Robert McLaughlin Gallery (RMG) during RMG Fridays to screen some of the amazing short films submitted to their annual festival.

On August 7, be sure to tune in to watch
two short films, Gone and Tough Love, produced by the same director, from 7-10 p.m. for free.

Don’t miss one of two live Q&A sessions with the filmmakers at 8 p.m. or 9:30 p.m.

This event takes place on the first Friday of each month and the next screening will be September 4 .
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