Eblast January 7, 2016 Is this email not displaying correctly?
View it in your browser.

Happy New Year!
Welcome to 2016 and warm wishes for a happy and successful year from all of us at RTO7. 

Have You Filled Out the Professional Development Needs Survey?
If you haven’t yet completed the RTO7 Professional Development Needs Survey click here to fill it out.  You may have already done this if you attended the BruceGreySimcoe Tourism Conference on December 9th in Meaford.  Deadline for submissions is Monday, January 11, 2016 at 5 pm.

Special Offers for BruceGreySimcoe Stakeholders
Keynote speaker at the BruceGreySimcoe Tourism Conference, Frédéric Gonzalo, is offering discounts to BruceGreySimcoe stakeholders on two useful resources for social media marketing:
  • Frédéric is offering a 50% discount on his complete online training series, “Fundamentals of Digital Travel Marketing”.  To receive the discount, enter this promo code when registering:  BGS50.  The full price of the course is $447 plus taxes – by entering the code, cost is $223.50 plus taxes for the eight-hour long series.  For course details and to register, click here.
  • Social Media Best Practices in Travel Marketing by Frédéric Gonzalo & Philippe Bussière.  In response to inquiries received at the conference, Frédéric is offering this paperback book for $39 (regularly price is $59), including shipping (plus taxes).  It is also available as an ebook for $29.  To order your paperback copy, visit this page on Frédéric’s site.

Introducing Bannikin Travel & Tourism
Grey County Tourism, working with RTO7, has awarded the contract for the development of their second Destination Development Action Plan to Bannikin Travel & Tourism. Bannikin is a travel marketing and destination development firm based in Toronto, with strong experience in outdoor, cultural and experiential tourism both in Canada and abroad.  In Canada, Bannikin has worked with New Brunswick tourism, Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation and Nunavut Tourism among others, and around the world from Greenland to Namibia, with private companies such as Wilderness North, PureQuest Adventures and Exodus Travels.
In order to compile the DDAP, Bannikin has put together a small team that will be conducting research, doing interviews and hosting a stakeholder workshop on February 2nd, 2016 (details to follow).
The goal is to create a strong, living action plan that will guide Grey Country to continue to develop a robust four-season tourism industry and set the groundwork for successful execution with partners and stakeholders. 
As Bannikin reaches out to you, we appreciate any support you can provide.  The final DDAP will be completed at the end of March 2016. 

Events & Important Dates
  • Deadline to complete RTO7’s “Professional Development Needs Survey” is Monday, January 11, 2016 at 5 pm.
  • Early Bird Pricing for the FEO Annual Conference, “Dare to be Different”, March 2 to 4, 2016 ends on January 8th.  For more information and to register, click here.
  • For operators in Bruce County, the deadline for sponsorship opportunities for Explore the Bruce’s Adventure Passport 2016 is Friday, January 8th.   Sponsorship details can be found here.
  • The Four County Labour Market Planning Board’s Second Annual EmployerOne Survey is open till January 31st, 2016 to employers in Bruce, Grey, Huron and Perth Counties.  For more information and to complete the survey, click here.
  • Back by popular demand, RTO7 is hosting a second Experience Development Workshop with Celes Davar from Earth Rhythms from March 21 to 23, 2016.  This two and a half day workshop demonstrates what experiential travel is all about.  Topics covered include the ingredients of experiences, the progression of economic value associated with experiential tourism plus costing and pricing.  The workshop will showcase examples of experiences in RTO7 as well as the rest of the country.  For more information, please contact Kim Clarke at or 519-379-2506

  • Our winter advertising campaign is in full swing with the Festivals and Events microsite as one of its featured components.  In 2015, the Festivals and Events site received just over 93,000 visits so be sure to add your tourism events and take advantage of this free promotional opportunity.  Visit the Submit Your Event page to add your info – no log in or registration required.
  • Add “update operator profile on” to your list of 2016 resolutions!  New features mean you can now add your logo as well as an image, social media links and a YouTube video plus your special offers and events will now appear with your listing.  Visit the Operator Login page to update your information or to register. 
    (Note:  Information must first be added to the Packages & Promotions and the Festivals & Events sites to appear with your listing)
  • Now is the perfect time to add your Family Day and March Break getaways and offers to the Packages & Promotions page.  Log in to your Operator Profile on to submit your information.

If you require assistance adding events, updating or creating your listing or adding your offers, please contact Communication Coordinator Ginny Henry,