Cottage Country Spirit Local Travel Package – Winter Edition!

As part of the recent Destination Canada and Destination Ontario collaborative domestic marketing agreement to support the Canadian tourism industry to recover from the negative impact of Covid-19, RTO12/Explorers’ Edge has been able to access limited funding specifically to promote “hyper local tourism” in our region.

To that end, RTO12’s “2021 Cottage Country Spirit Local Travel Package – Winter Edition!” will do this by providing some incentives for permanent and seasonal household residents ONLY in the Explorers’ Edge catchment (who in this document we sometimes call ‘local guests’) to book an experience (attractions, shops, restaurants, events) or overnight accommodation with you. Specifically, the incentive refers to 5 x $10 Experience Vouchers to be used by the local guest “same as cash” and honoured by participating Accommodation and/or Experience Providers.

Your customers get these $50 worth of Vouchers by registering for one of 2000 available packages (limited number of packages available) on the Explorers’ Edge website during the program promotion. Each Voucher is a “one-time use” Voucher and may be used towards the cost of goods or services at participating Accommodation and/or Experience Providers locations between December 7, 2020 and February 28, 2021.

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Cottage Country Spirit Winter 2021 Tourism Operator Participation Agreement with Explorers’ Edge FINAL

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Cottage Country Spirit Winter 2021 Tourism Operator Participation Agreement with Explorers’ Edge FINAL

Please submit your completed agreement to erin@explorersedge.ca by December 1, 2020 to participate in this program. 

Explorers’ Edge Wins Tourism Innovator of the Year Award

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Explorers’ Edge Wins Tourism Innovator of the Year Award

(October 29, 2020…Bracebridge, Ontario)…Explorers’ Edge was honoured with the ‘Tourism Innovator of the Year Award’ at the 2020 Ontario Tourism Summit, a 2-day virtual event with over 800 attendees that was hosted by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) on October 27th and 28th, 2020.
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Explorers’ Edge Marks the Group of Seven’s 100th Anniversary by Honoring Current Regional Painters

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Explorers’ Edge Marks the Group of Seven’s 100th Anniversary by Honoring Current Regional Painters

100 artists being featured on the regional tourism organization’s social media

(September 15, 2020…Bracebridge, Ontario) … To mark the 100th anniversary of the formation of the iconic Group of Seven painters, Explorers’ Edge is posting artwork from 100 current painters in the region of Ontario that includes Algonquin Park and Parry Sound.
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Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Tourism

Research Purpose

The COVID-19 pandemic brought travel to a halt. Now with restrictions lifting, the travel industry must tackle the daunting task of rebuilding. There is already plenty of research to show the post-pandemic traveller will be changed in many ways, and the industry will have to adapt.  For RTO 12, the big question is how will these changes specifically impact tourism to the region (and its 1,800+ operators). The answer will determine how the region should respond to those impacts.
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Explorers’ Edge Launches Travel Package for Permanent & Seasonal Residents

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Explorers’ Edge Launches Travel Package for Permanent & Seasonal Residents
Campaign to support tourism industry calls on everyone to get out and explore their own backyards

(Bracebridge…July 16, 2020) … One of cottage country’s regional tourism organizations is offering permanent and seasonal residents $50 in cash vouchers to spend at participating accommodations, attractions, restaurants, shops and events throughout Algonquin Park, the Almaguin Highlands, Port-Loring Restoule, Muskoka, Parry Sound and South Algonquin from July 16 to October 12, 2020.
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Cottage Country Spirit Local Travel Package

 As part of the recent Destination Canada and Destination Ontario collaborative domestic marketing agreement to support the Canadian tourism industry to recover from the negative impact of Covid-19, RTO12/Explorers’ Edge has been able to access limited funding specifically to promote “hyper local tourism” in our region.

To that end, RTO12’s “2020 Cottage Country Spirit Local Travel Package” will do this by providing some incentives for permanent and seasonal household residents ONLY in the Explorers’ Edge catchment (who in this document we sometimes call ‘local guests’) to book an experience (attractions, shops, restaurants, events) or overnight accommodation with you. Specifically, the incentive refers to 5 x $10 Experience Vouchers to be used by the local guest “same as cash” and honoured by participating Accommodation and/or Experience Providers.

Your customers get these $50 worth of Vouchers by registering for one of 3000 available packages (limited number of packages available) on the Explorers’ Edge website during the program promotion. Each Voucher is a “one-time use” Voucher and may be used towards the cost of goods or services at participating Accommodation and/or Experience Providers locations between July 16, 2020 and Monday, October 12, 2020.

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Cottage Country Spirit 2020 Tourism Operator Participation Agreement with Explorers’ Edge FINAL

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Cottage Country Spirit 2020 Tourism Operator Participation Agreement with Explorers’ Edge FINAL

Please submit your completed agreement to erin@explorersedge.ca by July 13, 2020 to participate in this program. 

Explorers’ Edge Statement on the Re-Opening of the Regional Tourism Industry

Explorers’ Edge Statement on the Re-Opening of the Regional Tourism Industry: WELCOME BACK – SAFELY!

After months of short-term rentals being prohibited by the Province of Ontario, as of June 12, 2020 our accommodations sector has officially re-opened (check to see expected open dates) and visitors are once again being warmly welcomed to our region – the great Canadian wilderness north of Toronto!

Adhering to guidance from provincial and federal health officials, and in order to ensure the safety of visitors, tourism staff and our local communities, Explorers’ Edge kindly requests that visitors to the region check with accommodations, restaurants, shops and attractions before arrival to ensure that social protocols are in place. We also kindly request that you continue to personally practice respectful social distancing measures while you are here.

We are so pleased to welcome everyone back! Enjoy your summer and see you on the dock – safely!

Sincerely,

James Murphy
Executive Director
Explorers’ Edge

2020 Porter Seasonal Air Service

RTO12/Explorers’ Edge Statement on the Cancellation of the
2020 Porter Seasonal Air Service to Muskoka Due Covid-19

On behalf of the Explorers’ Edge Board of Directors and myself, I wish to express our thanks to Porter Airlines for keeping us up-to-date on the particular challenges faced by aviation industry that are the result of the onset of Covid-19 globally.
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