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Durham Tourism Industry Report
October 2021
A bright yellow sunflower is set against a stormy fall sky.
W. Galen Weston Centre for Food, Durham College
Townhall for Business: Focus on Vaccines
Join Dr. Robert Kyle, Durham Region's Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Pepi McTavish, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Durham Region Health Department and Lisa Fortuna, Director, Health Protection from Durham Region Public Health Department to learn more about COVID-19 vaccine requirements and workplace vaccine policies and potential impacts on workplaces and the local business community.  
The event will also feature the following topics and speakers: 
  • Update on vaccine requirements for businesses from the Province of Ontario. 
  • A discussion on workplace vaccine policies from a local law firm. 
  • Managing employee and customer safety from Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS). 
  • Business recovery resources from the Durham Economic Task Force (DETF). 
A half hour question and answer period will be available at the end with all speakers. 
Calling all outdoor patios!
'Tis the season for cooler weather, which means it is time to warm up your patios!

Durham Tourism would like to create a story on the fabulous cozy outdoor patios that we have to feature across the Region.

Please share with us your plans for your outdoor winter patios, and if possible any pictures that you may have from previous years!

Please send all details to tourism@durham.ca by November 1.
Pickering Football Club Barriers in
Recreational and Sport Opportunities Project

Through previous programming, partnerships and research, Pickering Football Club (PFC) has identified community groups who are isolated from recreation opportunities due to barriers such as facility and program accessibility, transportation, cultural awareness and sensitivity and finances.

PFC is now looking to connect with priority populations to identify how to improve recreational and sport opportunities in Durham Region. As part of this research project, they are seeking participants from various cultural groups to participate in virtual focus groups between now and mid-November. Please contact Tammy Lyle-Gravlev at allabilities@pickeringfc.ca for more information.

Also, each Monday from 9 to 11:30 a.m., from now through November, PFC invites members of the Durham community to participate in free recreational and sport activities and for social time over coffee and tea at the Pickering Soccer Centre. During these sessions, PFC hopes to learn about recreation and sport activities popular with various cultural groups in Durham that they can then teach to participants. 
EDCO Awards of Excellence Program now open for applications

This year's EDCO Awards of Excellence Program is officially open!
This program is for all those undertaking municipal economic development activities within the Province of Ontario. Participants are not required to be members of EDCO and all projects produced or implemented in the last 12 months are eligible (October 2020 to October 2021). For more information, download EDCO's Application Package.
Celebrate your team. Celebrate your community. 
Apply for the Ontario Tourism Recovery Program
The Ontario government is investing $100 million through the new Tourism Recovery Program to help stabilize the province’s tourism industry as it recovers from the impacts of COVID-19. The program will help for-profit tourism businesses in the attraction, accommodation, and leisure travel sectors protect critical jobs in communities across the province and help them prepare to reopen and safely welcome back visitors.

  • Eligible businesses include: hotels, inns, resorts, boat tours, ski hills, distilleries, hunting and fishing camps, airlines, motor coaches, live performance venues, cinemas, drive-in theatres, amusement parks, museums, and Indigenous attractions. 
  • The Tourism Recovery Program will support tourism businesses that have experienced a loss of at least 50% of eligible revenue in 2020-21 compared to 2019. Eligible applicants will receive up to 20% of 2020-2021 qualifying revenue losses with a funding cap of $1 million. 
  • Program funding will go towards helping businesses reopen safely, develop innovative tourism products, and/or retain and create tourism jobs. 
  • Eligible expenses include reopening and operating costs such as staff salaries and maintenance, health and safety measures for visitors and workers, tourism product and experience development, or marketing. 

Applications for the Tourism Recovery Program will be accepted until November 10, 2021.

For more information, read the news release here.  

For a full list of eligible businesses, activities, and application details, visit the Ontario Tourism Recovery Program page here. 
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.