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Durham Tourism
Connecting, engaging and informing Durham Tourism's valued stakeholders
Port Perry Snowmobiling Club
Greetings from Durham Tourism

This year certainly flew by. As 2019 comes to a close, Durham Tourism would like to wish all of our stakeholders happy holidays and a Happy New Year! It has been another amazing year in Durham Region. We wish you the best and look forward to connecting with you in 2020.

If you are hosting an upcoming event in Durham Region, remember to visit the new durham.ca to submit your event to our free, online Events calendar.

You can also follow us on Twitter at @DurhamTourism and connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/durhamtourism.
Tourism Industry Highlights
Tin Mill Restaurant
Farewell to the Tin Mill

The Tin Mill restaurant and bar is closing its doors in mid-January 2020, after 13 years. This local favourite, housed in a renovated turn-of-the-century flour mill in downtown Uxbridge, offered an innovative and creative menu including home-baked desserts and local craft beers on tap.

But don’t fear, proprietors Don Andrews & Conrad Lepine will be serving up a new culinary venture in 2020. It will have a new name, new location, and a new menu, with the same great dining experience you’ve come to know and love. You can stay in the loop and follow their journey to the new restaurant on their Facebook and Instagram pages.

Watch for the new restaurant’s website in the coming months. They can’t wait to show you what they’ll be bringing to the table!
Christmas Tree
York Durham Headwaters winter website

The winter edition of the York Durham Headwaters website has launched. This year, the theme is your ultimate holiday road trip destination.

Visitors can plan a trip based on their road trip personality–foodie fanatic, adventure seeker, family fun, or art lover.

The Ultimate Holiday Recipes section features local fare, while blog stories offer the best Christmas Tree farms , or ideas for planning some post-present fun.
Tourism Business Profile
Buster Rhinos
Business Profile: Buster Rhino's Southern BBQ

The accolades keep pouring in. Top five poutine joints in Oshawa, best ribs in Toronto, best jerky, and most recently a 2019 Platinum Award for the best pulled pork in Ontario’s Finest Meat Competition. Is your mouth watering yet? Then make Buster Rhino’s Southern BBQ your next stop. They’ve been serving up great southern BBQ favourites both to devoted locals, and fans from near and far (Hong Kong and Australia), for more than a decade. In addition to a solidly delicious menu, Buster Rhino’s has a line-up of high-quality Southern BBQ products, including signature BBQ sauces, spices, rubs, meat products and tasty snacks, made fresh in-house with no additives or preservatives.

From the innovative award-winning flavoured pig candy to Carolina style slaw alongside your beef brisket sandwich, visitors can taste the pride Buster Rhino’s puts into every one of their products. You’ll also feel the local love at Buster’s, as the restaurant sources their meat from local butchers, including Herrington’s Quality Butchers in Port Perry (whom was just awarded Ontario's Finest Butcher) and Halenda’s- The Meat People. Stop by for lunch or dinner, or pick up some treats to take home. 
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2019 Durham Tourism Annual Report

At the end of December, Durham Tourism will be distributing the 2019 Durham Tourism Annual Report, which contains information about tourism activities, initiatives and achievements that have taken place over the course of the year.

Highlights of the report include: a sport tourism update, social media statistics, marketing, events organized and attended, strategic partnerships, important updates, future planning, and announcements.

Copies of the report will be distributed to all Regional Council, local area municipalities, and will be available online for organizations and tourism stakeholders to download. 

Please stay tuned for further updates and the link to download a copy of the report.
Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Sport, Culture and Heritage Industries
The 2020 Celebrate Ontario program is open for applications
The 2020 Celebrate Ontario program has launched. This program supports festivals and events, offering visitors and residents the best of the world in one province, all year long! The deadline to apply for Celebrate Ontario 2020 is Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 5 p.m.
The Celebrate Ontario grant program supports programming improvements at new and existing festivals and events, with the aim of attracting tourists for longer stays, creating great experiences for visitors, and supporting communities across Ontario.
Some changes have been made to the program for 2020. Read the Celebrate Ontario 2020 Application Guide carefully for information on eligibility, funding priorities, and program details.
Celebrate Ontario is also holding online information sessions by webinar and teleconference
to help with the application process.

Sign up for one of the following sessions:
from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.   
from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Durham Tourism and Central Counties Tourism will also be hosting information sessions. Registration is free, and the link to register is below. In the event that you are unable to attend the Durham session, we have included the registration link for the York/Headwaters session as well.

December 2019/ January 2020

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!
Upcoming Events
December 28-29
Town of Whitby's Iroquois Park Sports Centre
January 3-5
Iroquois Park Sports Centre and McKinney Centre, Whitby, Approximately 125 teams.
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Bidding on the 2022 Ontario Summer Games

In the spring, building on the success of the 2019 Ontario Parasport Games, Sport Durham collaborated with stakeholders and partners across the Region to develop and submit a bid to host the 2022 Ontario Summer Games. This event would have featured competition in 20 sports and welcomed 3,500 participants, as well as family members and friends to the Region. 

We were overwhelmed by the support of many valued partners, some existing and some new. They contributed to the preparation of a strong bid, including providing financial and other means of support, participated in a video and assisted with planning and hosting a site visit for the Bid Review Committee in July. Thank you to those of you who were part of this process!

Although we were not selected, we again demonstrated our capacity and our community’s enthusiasm for hosting multi-sport games. We learned from the bid process, and we look forward to collaborating on future multi-sport event bidding and hosting opportunities. 
Durham Sport Convergence
Sport Durham Convergence

Durham Region’s sport tourism industry and local stakeholders came together on December 10 collaborate, and celebrate the strength and success of the local sport tourism industry at the Sport Durham Convergence, held at the fully accessible Durham College Esports Gaming Arena.

The Sport Durham Convergence provides an opportunity for local stakeholders, tourism staff and experts, share and discuss local trends, grow partnerships, explore opportunities and collaborate, advancing sport tourism in Durham.

One of the fastest-growing sectors in the global and Canadian travel industries, sport tourism is more than just travelling to the region for a game; it’s about the full experience and impact of staying and playing in Durham Region. The economic impact sport tourism generates is significant, and we are focused on continuing to strengthen and grow this key sector.

The region is a sport tourism destination and has been a first choice for high-profile sporting events, in recent years, hosting high-profile events such as a number of sports competitions for the 2015 Pan Am Games, the 2018 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships, and the 2019 Ontario Parasport Games.

This year’s event featured the following speakers:
  • Lori Talling, on the Durham Region 2019 Ontario Parasport Games Results and Legacy Initiatives, and Sport Durham Update.
  • Sarah Wagg, Manager Esports Arena, Durham College on Esports and Sport Tourism. Esports is a $905 million sport industry and Durham College is taking a lead with their new 46-seat esports arena and competitive varsity team.
  • An interactive Panel Discussion on “Untraditional and Emerging Sport Event Opportunities” with panelists representing chess, cricket, esports, pickleball and sitting volleyball; moderated by Don Terry, Sport Durham Advisory Committee Chair.
  • Presentations by Durham College Sport Management and Business of Sport students on “Emerging Sports in Durham Region”– valuable research for public and private facility operators.
  • Eric Novak of EnviroDad.com on “Sustainable Event Ideas and a New Way of Thinking” and how to get sustainable wins when planning your next event.
Durham Region 2019 Ontario Parasport Games
Durham Region 2019 Ontario Parasport Games-
EDCO award finalist

Sport Durham is thrilled to announce that the Durham Region 2019 Ontario Parasport Games has been chosen as a finalist for the 2019 Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) Awards of Excellence.

Award recipient announcements will be made at the President's Dinner and Awards Ceremony on February 6, 2020 at the Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre. The ceremony will conclude EDCO’s 63rd Annual Conference.
Durham Region 2019 Ontario Parasport Games Chairs
Durham Region 2019 Parasport Games
Legacy Fund Celebration

We’re proud of how our region embraced the 2019 Durham Region Parasport Games, and its athletes, earlier this year. From the economic impact to the region and the province, to being the roar that cheered on these amazing athletes, and from the countless hours put in by volunteers, to the overwhelming support of partners from the region and beyond, the Games were a great success! We shared with and showed athletes, coaches, officials and visitors, all the things that make Durham such a great place to play and explore!
See the infographic below for an overview of the Games results.
The “paramazing” experience now continues through the Games Legacy Fund, which will fund initiatives that support the nurturing and growth of parasport in the region. Early on, the fund surpassed its initial goal, and $111,900 will be distributed across five legacy initiatives:
1.     Grants to support youth participation in Parasports through Their Opportunity.
2.     A two-year Parasport Grow It Program for schools.
3.     The development of a Parasport Festival.
4.     Sledge hockey accessibility upgrades for the Town of Whitby’s Iroquois Park Sports Centre Arena 3.
5.     Initiatives of the Durham Adaptive Sport Collective, which was created to support the growth of opportunities for people with disabilities to enjoy the benefits of participation in sport.
These results and legacy initiatives were shared during a Games Legacy Announcement Celebration at the Abilities Centre on December 12, which included remarks from:
  • Lori Talling, Sport Tourism Co-ordinator and Games Program Manager
  • John Henry, Regional Chair and CEO
  • Don Terry and Emmy Iheme, Games Co-Chairs
  • The Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries
  • Stuart McReynolds, President and CEO, Abilities Centre
  • Randy Gill, President and CEO, Their Opportunity
  • Mayor Don Mitchell, Town of Whitby
  • Christina Swett, Durham Adaptive Sport Collective

Medals were presented to the Games Co-Chairs and Abilities Centre in recognition of their tremendous contributions to the Games.   
Thank you for your support! We look forward to sharing updates on adaptive sport initiatives and events in the months ahead. 
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