Covid-19 Communications Updates

TO KEEP INDUSTRY STAKEHOLDERS INFORMED ON RTO12 EFFORTS TO SUPPORT SMEs during the Covid-19 crisis, we will now be holding weekly Wednesday webinars (1pm start) to update you on all work and advocacy-to-date. Please register for the weekly webinars HERE. Industry surveys will now be deployed on an as-needed basis.

Media Inquiries

RTO12’s Executive Director, James Murphy, is available for interviews and to answer media inquiries on an irregular basis due to the urgency of work being done by the RTO. If you would like to schedule an interview, please contact Kate Monk, Senior Director of Strategy & Communications, at

Tourism Operator Inquiries

Senior staff welcomes direct outreach from tourism operators regarding the Covid-19 development.

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For information on and updates from the Ontario Government on their management of the Covid-19 situation, click here:

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RTO12 2020-2021 Board of Directors Application

On behalf of the Regional Tourism Organization 12 (RTO 12) Board of Directors, thank you for your interest in exploring the possibility of joining our Board.  This information package and application form have been designed to give you a greater understanding of the role and responsibilities that fall to the Board, the commitment required of Board members, and help you determine if Board service is right for you.

Application Form:

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Huntsville, Muskoka Launches the ‘Winter Wonders Travel Package’

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Huntsville, Muskoka Launches the ‘Winter Wonders Travel Package’

Travellers can get up to $150 CDN in free gas and spending vouchers for an incredible getaway

HUNTSVILLE, Ont. (January 22, 2020) – Anyone looking for a classic Canadian getaway will want to take advantage of the ‘Winter Wonders Travel Package’ that is now being offered by tourism businesses in Huntsville, Muskoka, Ontario.
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RTO12 Creates ‘Work-Integrated Learning’ for Georgian College Tourism Course

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RTO12 Creates ‘Work-Integrated Learning’ for Georgian College Tourism Course

     (January 7, 2020…Bracebridge)…As part of its multi-year workforce development strategy, RTO12’s executive director, James Murphy, will instruct a second-year tourism course at Georgian College in Barrie, starting in January 2020.
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Tourism Town Halls – December 2019

Please join Executive Director, James Murphy and Senior Director of Strategy & Communications, Kate Monk, for one of four Town Hall meetings happening this December to update stakeholders on RTO12’s 5-Year Strategy, the 2020-2021 Business & Operational Plan (currently in development), and additional industry information. Continue reading

MEDIA ADVISORY – Porter Airlines Inaugural Flight to Muskoka Airport

Porter Airlines will launch its new seasonal service into the Muskoka Airport (YQA) on June 27, 2019. A ceremonial water cannon salute and welcoming addresses offer photo opportunities to commemorate the occasion. Robert Deluce, Executive Chairman of Porter Airlines, will join local dignitaries, airport officials and representatives from Explorers’ Edge on the first flight.
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Explorers’ Edge sweetens Porter flights to Muskoka with two summer programs

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Explorers’ Edge sweetens Porter flights to Muskoka with two summer programs – Shuttles and an incentive package offered to passengers using the 10-week service

Bracebridge, ON (May 22, 2019) – Take a flight to Muskoka with Porter Airlines this summer and take advantage of two great programs offered by the regional tourism organization, Explorers’ Edge.
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The ‘Fly & Explore Package’ from Explorers’ Edge for Domestic and International Guests

As announced early last week, Porter Airlines and RTO12 will be introducing summer seasonal service into the Muskoka Airport (YQA) for the summer of 2019! 

To compliment this service, the popular “Fuel & Fun Package” has been re-developed to incentivize domestic and international travelers to book a flight on the new Porter Airlines service to Muskoka during the 2019 flying season from June 27 to September 3, running Mondays and Thursdays (except on long holiday weekends, when the service will run Tuesday instead of Monday).  Continue reading