Our region is one of Ontario's premier tourism destinations offering a diverse range of activities for all ages, interests and budgets.
Tourism is one of the main contributors to our growing economy. In fact, our tourism industry attracts over 9 million visitors to Simcoe County each year, generating $1 billion for our communities and businesses and creating more than 25,000 jobs for our residents.
Tourism Simcoe County (TSC) is at the center of it all. We provide funding and support to local festivals and events throughout the region and lead, support and promote a number of programs and regional initiatives that benefit our communities and partners.
We continue to work with our member municipalities to enhance our tourism experience development as a region. One focus is cycling tourism. In partnership with Cycle Simcoe we have supported the development three cycling route maps: The Heart of Georgian Bay, Ontario's Lake Country and South Georgian Bay. Maps can be found at cyclesimcoe.ca.
In partnership with RTO7, the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority, and the Town of Wasaga Beach, we are completing a trail signage program that will see six trail head signs/kiosks installed at access points along the Nottawasaga River. The goal is to enhance the paddling experience and drive visits to surrounding communities and businesses.
We are also thrilled by regional news that North Simcoe has a brand new Destination Marketing Organization (DMO). The DMO will promote the four North Simcoe municipalities, the towns of Midland, Penetanguishene and the townships of Tay and Tiny, within the broader vision and mission of Tourism Simcoe County. For more information visit gbay.ca.
I'll be attending area events and festivals throughout the green season. I've been preparing myself, as it's well known that our communities know how to throw a party. Among our many events, I'm looking forward to celebrating the 400th anniversary of French explorer Samuel de Champlain's passage through Ontario during the Rendez-Vous Champlain 2015 festival being held in Penetanguishene from July 31 to August 2. The County is a major funding partner of this event. I'm also extremely proud that seven of our area events were included in Festivals and Events Ontario's top 100 events in Ontario for 2014. The Town of Collingwood and Clearview Township were also recognized. We highlighted these achievements in a recent news release.
Whether you're a resident or a visitor, I hope you take time to experience all that our region has to offer. From golf, to shoreline adventures, to outdoor activities, family fun, arts and culture and relaxing getaways—Simcoe County is the place to be this green season.
Visit Tourism Simcoe County's website for full details about our regional tourism programs and experiences.
Simcoe County Warden