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​JUNE 2020



Digital Shift Virtual Workshop Series

​SESSION 2 - June 16 @ 3PM:
"E-Marketplace” with Shift Experts
from the Belleville Downtown District BIA

​Join the Ontario Tourism Innovation Lab and WEtech Alliance on the next Digital Shift session, featuring a Zoom-side chat with Marijo Cuerrier, Executive Director and Kelsey Moniz, Media & Marketing Officer from the Belleville Downtown District BIA. Learn about their innovative e-marketplace initiative, how it was developed, launched, and the preliminary results.

The Digital Shift Series has been made possible with the support of the Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, and is open to small businesses in Ontario. There is no cost to attend but space is limited.

​For more information and to register go to www.tourisminnovation.ca/tourism--tech.html


Special Edition Bruce County
"Spark" Program

Bruce County, Regional Tourism Organization 7 (BruceGreySimcoe), and the Ontario Tourism Innovation Lab have partnered to launch a Special Edition "Spark" Mentorships & Grants Program in response to the COVID-19 crisis.  

Small tourism businesses in Bruce County are encouraged to submit an application with ideas on how they could “re-imagine” or “re-tool” their tourism operations, offerings and/or products to respond, pivot and adapt to the short- and medium-term tourism market landscape and opportunities.

With $100,000 in funding available, up to 20 selected applicants will receive grants between $3,000 and $10,000 and a tourism mentorship. Deadline to apply is June 24th.

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Tourism Industry Awards of Excellence

​Celebrate your accomplishments in tourism! Nominations are open for the 2020 Ontario Tourism Industry Awards of Excellence - note the application deadline has been extended to June 30, 2020. Categories include Innovator of the Year, Event of the Year, Sustainable Tourism, Accessible Tourism, and Indigenous Tourism Awards. 

New "Spark" Regions Coming in 2020

The "Spark" Mentorships & Grants Program​ will be expanding to new regions across Ontario in 2020. Stay tuned for announcements. 

Building Mentorship In Ontario's Tourism Sector

Are you a recognized tourism innovator, successful entrepreneur, experienced operator, and/or industry leader?

​Join our "Spark" Mentor Network and support up-and-coming and early stage tourism innovators in Ontario by providing advice and guidance to help them take their new tourism ideas to the next level of development. Contact us at info@tourisminnovation.ca​ for more information on the program and how you can be a mentor.

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