Partnership Funding Announcement
On Friday, May 3rd at Meaford Hall, $1 million in partnership initiatives were announced as a result of the inaugural intake of RTO7’s new funding program. A total of thirty-two projects have been approved from over 80 applications received. For the list of approved initiatives and the media release click here.
We wish to thank all who applied and advise that although a date has not yet been established, intake for the 2014 program will take place earlier than this year’s process.
Tourism Functional Assessment Report
The draft consultant’s report on role and function alignment was presented on May 3rd and is now available for stakeholder comment.  The report is available for download here, where a link to the comments submission facility can also be found.
We look forward to hearing what you think about this important topic. We’re asking for your comments and questions (and you may also comment on others’ posts) by May 31st, following which all comments will be documented in the final report, which will be posted in June.
Tourism Workforce Project Final Report
The final report from the Tourism Workforce Strategy & Labour Market Plan is now also available for download on this project’s resource page
Attention BruceGreySimcoe Festivals & Events Organizers
Stakeholders with a direct interest in planning, funding and management of festivals and events are invited to an information meeting to discuss RTO7’s interest in providing increased support to BruceGreySimcoe festivals and events as important tourism assets.
At this session we’ll also be unveiling a new festivals and events focused microsite for stakeholder input.
 When:             Wednesday, May 15th
                        1 pm to 3 pm
Where:             Blue Mountain Resort
To RSVP:         Click here 
Hold the Date:  Parkbus Information Meeting – Wiarton, June 6th
RTO7 has offered to host an information session to introduce Parkbus to BruceGreySimcoe tourism stakeholders following inauguration of service to the Bruce Peninsula.
Parkbus is a project of Transportation Options, a nonprofit organization that has a number of programs that focus on developing and supporting sustainable transportation and tourism solutions across Ontario.
The session will also include a presentation by Transportation Options on cycling tourism destination development around Ontario.
Further details to follow… in the meantime, please mark the date on your calendar!
Catch The Wave Getaway Contest
This spring we launched this new contest, which will award three monthly prizes from May 2013 to April 2014.
Each month three lucky entrants will win a getaway stay with the BruceGreySimcoe accommodator of their choice. Since getting underway two weeks ago the contest – which is promoted exclusively through Facebook and online advertising – is approaching 2,000 entries for the first draw.
We hope you will share the contest info on your social media pages. Just visit our Facebook page for more info.
Also, it’s not too late for BruceGreySimcoe tourism stakeholders to “Catch the Wave” and connect with RTO7… to learn more, click here.