By Gerry Cariou | Executive Director, Ontario’s Sunset Country Travel Association
Tourism is a major economic sector in Northwest Ontario and it’s about time that the Government and the public started to appreciate tourism more for the jobs it creates, the impact it has on other, non-tourism sectors through tourist spending and tourism business purchases. This post summarizes some key stats about tourism in Northwestern Ontario and should be a wake-up call to those in Government and the public in general how important tourism really is to Northwestern Ontario.
What Can You Do To Help
- Continue supporting the industry through contributions to tourism marketing organizations (Local and Regional)
- Get involved with issues that negatively impact RBT – e.g. the Border issue – NOMA has helped on this issue already
- Advocate/implement local policies which can help tourism grow in your communities
- Recognize Tourism for what it is – an important part of your community’s economic base
So there you have it, statistics and all to prove what everybody in tourism already knows – that the tourism industry is a major sector in the region and one that needs better and more consistent policy decisions if it is going to continue to be important. Currently, tourism seems to be the “black sheep” in our economic family with many decisions made by Provincial and Federal Governments doing more harm than good.
There’s a time to listen and that time is now!