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July 2022
Durham Tourism Industry Report
Hello July! The summer heat has finally arrived in Durham Region and we can’t get enough of it. Now is the perfect time to get out and explore all the family friendly activities available to those looking for a little adventure. Walk, run or bike through our trails, go on a world-class fishing experience or trek through the treetops—there’s something for everyone here in Durham Region! 

If you're hosting an upcoming event in Durham Region, remember to visit Durham Tourism to submit your event to our free, online Community Events and Festivals calendar. You can also follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @DurhamTourism and connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DurhamTourism.
Plan a rural sojourn (temporary stay) in
Durham Region
There’s something very special about travelling and experiencing new things, but it’s even more dear when we don't have to venture far from home. Whether you’re looking to spend time with a loved one, make memories with friends or take a solo sojourn, you’ll find that you don’t have to travel far to feel recharged. Take the path less travelled and explore the beautiful back roads, quaint downtowns and farm fresh food of Durham Region!

We’ve put together four overnight getaways, all less than an hour and a half- drive from Toronto, where you can explore, sip and savour the region’s beautiful towns. Each rural sojourn includes something old, something new, something fresh and something for you. So get out and find a beautiful place to get lost in, and when doing so, maybe you’ll find something too.

Read the full blog post on DurhamTourism.ca.
Oshawa Music Awards (OMAs)

The OMAs is an annual award show that began in 2018. The OMAs recognizes the influence and achievements of local music creators, businesses, and music supporters that help to grow the music scene in Durham Region, Canada, and globally.

This year, the OMAs award show will celebrate its fifth anniversary with an in-person event on September 29, together with a livestream element for the global online audiences. The Oshawa Music Awards will honour artists across multiple categories—including Songwriter of the Year, Album of the Year, Emerging Artist or Band of the Year, Durham Song of the Year, and Music Teacher of the Year.

Members of the public are invited to vote for their favourite choice in all categories. Public voting will close on August 9.

The 2022 Oshawa Music Awards are proudly presented by Durham Region Economic Development and Tourism, 360insights, Spark Centre, Trent University Durham GTA, and Durham College.

To learn more and place your vote, visit TheOMAs.ca.
2022 Region of Durham Business Count
Now through August, Durham Region is conducting its annual Business Count to gather information from local businesses about their operations.

The information being collected will be used for a variety of purposes:

  • Monitoring local economic trends.
  • Preparing the Durham Region and local municipal business directories.
  • Analyzing and promoting local business sectors for either tourism or business generation.
  • Developing business attraction and retention strategies.
  • Forecasting infrastructure and hard service requirements.
  • Transit service planning.

Learn more or take the survey at durham.ca/BusinessCount.
A fond farewell to
Kelly Klymson-Ing

Please join Durham Tourism as we wish a fond farewell to Kelly Klymson-Ing, Director, Industry Relations with Central Counties Tourism.

Kelly began her role with Central Counties Tourism in 2013, and we have valued working with her over the years on Industry Relations projects to help support our tourism stakeholders.

Kelly will be working on a new project for the Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association called “Grassroots Revitalization of the Ontario Hospitality Journey” - this program connects and collaborates with students, school boards, colleges and the tourism and hospitality industry to build opportunities aimed at revitalizing the hospitality workforce. It focuses on filling the gaps in education and developing the skills of those coming into the hospitality sector.

The overall goal of the project is to create a pipeline of trained and workforce-ready individuals to enter careers in hospitality that fill the existing gaps and continue to attract more people to work in our great industry.

We would like to wish Kelly all the best in her future endeavours. Thank you for all of the support that you've given Durham Tourism over the years.
Mini media familiarization tour comes to
Durham Region

Members of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Ontario were invited by Central Counties Tourism to spend a day in York Region and two days in Durham Region to discover international cuisine, agri-tourism experiences- and hidden gems.
 
Their first stop in Durham Region was iFly Whitby for an indoor skydiving adventure. Their next destination was Port Perry with a stop at Ocala Winery for a tour, tasting- and lunch; followed by a brewery tour and tasting at Old Flame Brewing Co. They ended day one at Nestleton Waters Inn with a guided dinner with Chef Aaron Moss featuring local produce, meats, and beverages.
 
On day two, the group headed to the Township of Brock stopping at Forget-Me-Not Alpacas for a tour, animal encounters- and a walk with the alpacas. Next was on to White’s Creek Flower Farm to pick a fresh flower bouquet from the fields. Their last stop was Villa Vida Loca Farm Market for a delicious brisket sandwich and shopping in the market.
 
Thank you to Central Counties Tourism for organizing the ultimate summer road trip in York Durham Headwaters and to the writers for spending your time with us!
Durham Tourism
calendar of events
Have a tourism event to share?

Submit your events to Durham Tourism's free, online events calendar.

Not only will your event receive some prime real estate on our calendar, it'll also be shared with our web page subscribers!
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On social media, tag us @DurhamTourism on Instagram for a chance to be featured in stories on our account.
Sport event radar
As the summer weather heats up, so does the sport event action across Durham Region. We’re so excited for the return of the sights and sounds of outdoor sports in our community.

Get ready to help us warmly welcome and host thousands of visitors here to compete in a variety of sports over the next month:

  • July 22 to 24: Jim Lutton Under 9 Rookie Classic Baseball Tournament hosted by Oshawa Baseball, diamonds across Oshawa. 
  • July 29 to August 7: Ontario Lacrosse Festival, Iroquois Park Sports Centre in Whitby and other arenas across Durham Region.
  • July 22 to 24 and July 29 to 31: Ajax Spartans Minor Baseball Association tournaments, multiple age divisions, Ajax Sportsplex. 
  • August 13: 5K Foam Fest, Dagmar Ski Resort in Uxbridge.
  • August 12 to 14: Superbike Doubleheader Weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Clarington.

If you're hosting a sport event in Durham Region, please submit it to our Durham Tourism events calendar so we can promote and support it!
The Tourism and Hospitality Emergency Recovery Initiative (THER)
Since March 2020 tourism and hospitality has been the hardest-hit sector in terms of pandemic-related unemployment.

In 2020, the Ontario Tourism Education Corporation's (OTEC) Tourism and Hospitality Emergency Recovery initiative, with funding provided by the Future Skills Centre, focused on identifying and supporting the immediate needs of workers in this sector in Ontario – disproportionately consisting of vulnerable individuals including youth, women and newcomers to Canada. 

THER encompassed three areas of focus– research and data insights, communications and technology, and business resources–each with dedicated workstreams. The research and data insights were used to inform communications and marketing campaigns, engage sector partners, and support sector recovery initiatives. 

Cyclists on road
Durham Region cycling update
The Region of Durham is pleased to provide an update on cycling related infrastructure, ridership and marketing initiatives:

  • The Region of Durham added six kilometres of cycling infill routes in the urban areas as part of the Ontario Municipal Cycling Commuter Grant. 
  • The Region has secured two new dedicated positions for active transportation and hiring will take place later this year to fill these positions. 
  • The Region is eagerly awaiting news from our application to the Federal Active Transportation Fund, where several new planning and infrastructure projects were applied for. 
  • Between 2021 and 2023, the Region will have installed more than 20 crossrides and bicycle signal heads, with many more are in various planning phases for future years.    
  • The Region, in partnership with its area municipalities and community partners, hosted a series of Bike Month events to promote cycling including a Bike Month pledge, region-wide cycling challenge, Bike Month Bingo and a cycling scavenger hunt photo contest. Collectively, participants logged 2,124 kilometres by bike and saved 551 kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions. 
  • In June, the Region hosted an e-bike and e-scooter demo for the public to learn more about e-mobility devices and safe operation as outlined in the new Regional Electric Kick Scooter By-lawVendors were available on site with e-bikes and e-scooters for people to try. 
  • Throughout 2022, we've seen 45,232 trips by bike according to Strava data for leisure and commuting. We've seen an 85 per cent increase in weekend trips within the last month and a 55 per cent increase in visitors travelling by bike to the Region in the last month as well.  
  • Chris Mitchell cycles through York Durham Headwaters and shares his three top rides in this blog Cycling in York Durham Headwaters: 3 routes to get better acquainted with the best of the Region — travelingmitch

If you have any questions related to cycling infrastructure and initiatives within the Region of Durham, please reach out to tourism@durham.ca.
For unique trip ideas or to plan your perfect day, visit DurhamTourism.ca, or call 1-800-413-0017. If this information is required in an accessible format, contact Durham Tourism.