DECEMBER 2017 

IN THIS ISSUE
 
REGISTER NOW: Rural Tourism Symposium - January 16th, 2018 
 
Headwaters Tourism, in partnership with Peterborough and the Kawarthas Tourism, invites rural tourism stakeholders, destinations marketing organizations and tourism businesses to join us for the  first Rural Tourism Symposium: Where Tourism Gets Real! 
 
This collaborative undertaking, supported by Grey County Tourism, the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, and Orangeville Tourism, is a one-day event designed to raise the profile of rural tourism as an integral part of the provincial and national visitor experience, and will include content specifically targetted to the rural tourism industry.

Discover best practices in rural tourism, be inspired by rural tourism leaders, and help us give a voice to the importance of rural destinations in showcasing the best of Ontario and Canada.

Who should attend: rural tourism operators, rural destination marketing organizations, rural economic development and municipal leaders! 
 




It's Your Shift: sexual violence & harassment intervention training program

Ontario is ready to train managers, supervisors, front of the house and back of the house employees in the hospitality and tourism sector to identify and intervene in instances of sexual violence and harassment among employees and patrons.

Starting November 30, 2017, the "It's Your Shift" Sexual Violence & Intervention Training program will be available to all employees in the hospitality and tourism industry.  The training is not only complimentary but is available online at itsyourshift.ca.  The SHIFT training includes 5 online modules with a dedicated module for supervisors, managers and owners along with job aids, resources and guidelines for the workplace
 
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Municipal Accommodation Tax update 
 
In response to the requests from the municipal sector, the 2017 Budget granted municipalities the authority to implement a tax on transient accommodations, should they choose to do so. The relevant legislative changes will come into effect on December 1, 2017. The new regulations will provide municipalities with the flexibility to determine the design, administration and collection of the tax.  
 
 
REAL ONTARIO gift ideas for the holiday season
   
Fun and quirky gift ideas for family and friends this holiday season.  
 
Our REAL RULES poster (country living, Headwaters style), as well our our REAL WISDOM magnets are perfect for stocking-stuffers, secret Santa gift exchanges or to share with family and friends who are far away this holiday season (and who might appreciate a little Headwaters humour).
 
Check them out at local merchants across the region: Heatherlea Farm Shoppe (Caledon); Kitchen to the Table (Orangeville); and Snowberry Botanicals (Erin) and Fromage (Orangeville).

Book your advertising space now: 
Headwaters 2018 Four-Season Visitors' Guide
   
Our multi-award winning Headwaters Four-Season Visitors' Guide will be published and distributed in the Globe & Mail in May 2018.
 
We are now booking advertising space in the 2018 edition of this annual consumer lifestyle publication that showcases the best of Headwaters to consumers across Ontario.
 
Last year advertising space sold-out quickly, so we encourage you to book your space for the 2018 edition now in order to avoid disappointment. 
 
NOMINATIONS OPEN: Headwaters Tourism Awards of Excellence
   
Every year Headwaters Tourism celebrates excellence in the tourism and hospitality industry during our regional Headwaters Tourism Awards ceremony. This annual celebratory event honours businesses and individuals that exemplify excellence and who help position Headwaters as Ontario's premier tourism destination. 
 
We encourage you to consider nominating a worthy business or individual for a Headwaters Tourism Award of Excellence (self-nominations are encouraged).
 
Deadline for submissions:  December 15th, 2017
Award presentations:  Tuesday, January 16th, 2018
 
Wear your Headwaters pride - SHOP HEADWATERS
   
Consumers have been asking, and we've responded. Headwaters apparel is now available at our new ShopHeadwaters online store.  We're carrying a limited edition of Headwaters branded apparel, including t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets and caps, as well as quirky aprons (there's no wrong time to eat pie), and baby onesies (proudly made in Headwaters).
 
Browse our selection, and wear your Headwaters pride for all to see or consider a Christmas gift to remind friends and family of everything special about Headwaters: Where Ontario Gets Real! 
 
Headwaters Inspired: arts & culture project
     
Understanding the impact of arts and culture on our community, Dufferin County, the Town of Caledon and the Town of Erin are funding a project to develop an arts and culture framework in Headwaters.  The project will be managed and executed by Headwaters Tourism.

Call for participation:  We encourage all artisans, arts and culture businesses and organizations, and all heritage groups to help us build a robust database, by adding your information for inclusion in the database. This database of arts and culture assets will give exposure to each individual artist, group and business in our region and, when viewed as collective, will serve to raise the profile of the entire region as a destination for arts, culture and heritage. 
 
 
 
HIRING - Headwaters Tourism Marketing Coordinator 
 
Headwaters Tourism is seeking a dynamic, enterprising and committed individual to join our team and help us spread the word about the Headwaters region.
 
Deadline for applications: December 6, 2017
 
 
 
Thank you to all our Leading with the Best partners who work in partnership with us to help promote Headwaters as Ontario's premier rural tourism destination. 
 
If you are actively engaged in the tourism industry in Headwaters and are looking to expand your marketing reach, we encourage you to consider our Leading with the Best program. Businesses that take part in our program are promoted as leading tourism experiences and become part of our targeted and featured promotions in Headwaters through our digital and social media platforms.
 
Learn more about how Headwaters Tourism can market your business to tourists.

 
LOOK WHAT YOU MISSED IF YOU'RE NOT FOLLOWING HEADWATERS  

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NEED COPIES OF THE HEADWATERS REGIONAL ROAD MAP OR THE 2017 HEADWATERS FOUR - SEASON VISITORS' GUIDE?
  
Tourism businesses who are interested in distributing copies of the Headwaters road map or the 2017 edition of our award-winning Four-Season Visitors' Guide should contact Headwaters Tourism directly to obtain copies.    


 

KEEP US UP-TO-DATE ON EVENTS AND NEWSWORTHY HAPPENINGS  

 

Let us know about your events and newsworthy happenings so that we can help promote all that makes the Headwaters region special.

   

If you have press releases and photos about newsworthy events and happenings, please send them directly to our attention at media@headwaters.ca