MAY 2018  

IN THIS ISSUE
Headwaters Tourism launches 2018 "Made BY and FOR Visitors" campaign
      
Business owners, tourism champions and some four-legged friends headed to Toronto earlier this month to launch Headwaters Tourism's 2018 marketing campaign.
 
The 2018 edition of the award-winning Headwaters Four-Season Visitors' Guide is a "MADE BY & FOR VISITORS" Guide and is the anchor for this year's user-generated content campaign. It features over 80 images and comments about the area from visitors from across Ontario, Canada and as far away as Italy, who are singing the region's praises and telling us what they love to experience in Headwaters. 
 
Celebrating National Tourism Week in Headwaters
May 27th to June 2nd, 2018

Representatives from Headwaters Tourism took part in flag raising ceremonies in the Towns of Caledon, Mono and Shelburne to bring attention the economic impact and social benefits of tourism in our communities. Proclamations were also issued by municipalities across the region declaring May 27th to June 2nd, 2018 Tourism Week in Headwaters, part of national Tourism Week in Canada initiatives that highlight how Canada's tourism industry contributes to the standard of living and quality of life of all Canadians.

Media release-->> 
 
EQUUS Canada Film Festival - exclusive Canadian tour stop!
     
For 2018 Headwaters Tourism is proud to announce that the Headwaters region of Ontario will be the first and only Canadian stop of the highly acclaimed EQUUS Film Festival. For three days in July 2018, the historic Town Hall Opera House in downtown Orangeville will serve as the mainstage venue for 19 films from across the world, celebrating the horse and the art of film-making.
 
This is a tremendous opportunity for businesses to partner with Headwaters Tourism on this exclusive Canadian event.
 
Thank you to Running Fox Equestrian, our main stage sponsor; Ontario Equestrian Federation,  Festival Event sponsor; to Pommies Cider Co., Festival Event & beverage sponsor; to Adamo Estate Winery, beverage sponsor; and Horse Canada | Horse Sport, national media sponsor. 
 
Limited sponsorship opportunities are still available.   
 
Nominations now open:  Canadian Tourism Awards

The Canadian Tourism Awards are presented annually by TIAC and the Toronto Star to recognize success, leadership and innovation in Canada's tourism industry. They reward those people, places, organizations and events that have gone above and beyond to offer travellers superior tourism experiences in Canada.
 
Deadline for submissions:  June 5th, 2018  
 
Full details-->> 
 
Nominations now open: Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence
 
The Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence celebrate success and recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to Ontario's tourism industry. Awards are jointly presented by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO), Destination Ontario, the Culinary Tourism Alliance and Attractions Ontario across four respective categories:
  • Tourism Industry Awards of Excellence (TIAO)
  • Tourism Marketing & Travel Media Awards of Excellence (Destination Ontario)
  • Culinary Tourism Awards of Excellence (CTA)
  • Ontario's Choice Awards (Attractions Ontario)
Deadline for submissions:  June 29th, 2018  

For more information-->>
 


Pommies Cider Co. and Heartwood Farm & Cidery receive international honours 

The Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association announced official results for the 13th Annual Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition (GLINTCAP) - held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on May 16-19, 2018. Pommies Cider Co. earned one gold & three bronze medals and Heartwood Farm & Cidery earned three bronze medals.
#headwatersproud #ciderdestination 
 
 
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Kitchen To The Table celebrates 20 years
 
Congratulations to Sigrid Wolm and her team at Kitchen To The Table on celebrating 20 years of business in Orangeville earlier this month. Kitchen To The Table is a proudly independent retail store offering practical, unusual and hard-to-find kitchenware, cookware and dinnerware products, in the heart of Headwaters. 
 

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PGA Tour coming to Osprey Valley this July - CALL FOR PARTICIPATION 
 
The inaugural Osprey Valley Open, an official event on the Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada, will be taking place this July 16-22 at Osprey Valley. Businesses and individuals can get involved in a variety of ways including volunteering, taking part in the official Pro-Am or by providing players with offers and discounts. 
 
 
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Call for artists:  2018 Holiday Treasures Arts & Crafts Show 
 
The Dufferin County Museum & Archives invites you to enter your wares into their annual Holiday Treasures Arts and Crafts Show, a juried show and sale of original, handmade items.   
 
Application deadline: July 9, 2018 
 
Find out more-->>
  
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Adamo Estate Winery wins big at 2018 International Wine Challenge  
 
Adamo Estate Winery is proud to announce that they are recipients of 7 awards from the 2018 International Wine Challenge.
   
Read the full media release-->>  

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Expedia names Caledon as one of top honeymoon destinations in the world 
 
The Travel site Expedia.ca has named Caledon as one of its "Top Honeymoon Destinations in the World."  Caledon, the article says, "is one of those perfect hidden gems, with a ton of bed and breakfasts, farmers markets, cycling trails, and cideries."   
 
 
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Town of Caledon receives Bike Friendly Community status   
 
The Town of Caledon was awarded a bronze level designation, as a Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) by Share the Road Cycling Coalition (STRCC) at the 10th Annual Ontario Bike Summit Awards on April 17, 2018.
 
Find out more-->>
  
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Electric vehicle charging station coming to downtown Orangeville  
 
The Town of Orangeville will soon have an electric vehicle charging station in the downtown business district. Orangeville Council voted in favour of the purchase and installation of a dual electric vehicle charger in the municipal parking lot at 86 Broadway.
 
 
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Shelburne Home Hardware Building Centre receives national honours

Shelburne Home Hardware Building Centre received the Home Hardware Proud of My Home Award in the category of Best Home Hardware Building Centre Store Under 15,000 Sq. Ft. The awards ceremony was held at Home Hardware's annual Spring Market on April 14, 2018 in St. Jacobs, Ontario.
 
 


Enhancing agri-tourism & culinary events in your community

What's new for Ontario agri-tourism? What should I consider when planning an agri-tourism or culinary initiative? How do I engage partners and promote it? What hurdles can I avoid?
Join our panel of exceptional speakers on June 13th  as we discuss ways to support agri-tourism and culinary initiatives in our communities. Bring your questions and details of your own initiatives to share. 
 
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GreenON program open to tourism businesses
 
Reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas pollution through a no-cost, energy and greenhouse gas emissions assessment that will make your company eligible to secure funding for low-carbon projects that help you save money. Funding is available to small- and medium-sized businesses with projects that contribute measurable reductions to greenhouse gas pollution in buildings and the production of goods.
 
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2018 Tourism Town Hall Series 
 
TIAC's 2018 Tourism Town Hall series is an event partnership between the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, Destination Canada and local industry partners. Tourism Town Halls provide an opportunity to engage small and medium-sized business owner operators across Canada to better understand efforts being made on national tourism issues.
 
 
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Funding for creative hubs 
 
The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund has released new application guidelines for support to creative hubs. Canadian creative talent will have access to spaces where they can build their entrepreneurial skills, create, collaborate and innovate, and help generate new markets for Canadian creativity in all its forms
 
Full details-->>
 
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OCC & BCC say Ontario needs a strategy for growth 
 
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Business Council of Canada released a joint statement calling on the next Government of Ontario to develop a strategy to support economic growth.  
 
Read the full statement-->>
 
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First annual report on Canada's Tourism Vision 
 
On Monday May 14th at Rendez-vous Canada, the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business & Tourism, announced the release of the New Tourism Vision's one-year progress report.
 
 
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Ontario Federation of Agriculture releases new directory 
 
To improve sharing of best practices and resources across the province, OFA developed a directory of hundreds of initiatives supporting agriculture and food.
   
Access the directory-->>
   
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Tourism HR Canada conducts survey on Temporary Foreign Workers Program
 
These consultations will assist the government of Canada in formulating recommendations on changes to the program, to better facilitate tourism labour market needs. All interested tourism and hospitality businesses, associations, labour groups, governments, and other stakeholders are invited to express interest or obtain further details by emailing TFW@TourismHR.ca.
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Provincial election messaging for Ontario's tourism industry

The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario has created a handy one-page document that outlines all asks and recommendations for the next Government of Ontario on behalf of the tourism industry.
 
Details on election messaging-->>  

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Teeny Tiny Summit 2018 - Finding the EXTRAORDINARY in the Ordinary 

The Municipality of Tweed and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs are proud and excited to present the 2018 Teeny Tiny Summit , Creating our Future: Finding the EXTRAORDINARY in the Ordinary, to be held on June 14 at Trudeau Park in Tweed!
 
 
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Launch of #CycleON Action Plan 2.0 

The provincial CycleON Action Plan sets out the second wave of initiatives to help achieve the vision of #CycleON: Ontario's Cycling Strategy.
 
 
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Central Counties 2018 AGM - Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 
   
Get an update on Central Counties Tourism and what's on the horizon for 2018-19. The AGM is open to stakeholders and businesses in the Central Counties regions of York, Durham and Headwaters.  
 
   
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. 
 
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.

 
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NEED COPIES OF THE 2018/19 'MADE BY & FOR VISITORS" GUIDE?
  
Tourism businesses who are interested in distributing copies of the 2018 edition of "MADE BY AND FOR VISITORS" GUIDE should contact Headwaters Tourism directly to obtain copies.    

 

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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