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Student Internship Opportunity 

The Heart of Ontario is seeking an Experience Development Assistant for this summer/fall. This position will be working with industry partners to develop tourism experiences that will entice visitors to stay longer and do more in the region of Hamilton Halton Brant. Please share this with your network and contact Adrienne Carter if you have an interested candidate. 

Click Here for the Full Job Description. 


HHBRTA Awards Recognition Program

The importance of supporting the industry is an on-going priority. HHBRTA wants to help recognize the regional tourism sector and the contributions that the industry makes to the Ontario and Canadian economy. The organization's Board of Directors are pleased to announce the launch of the Regional Tourism Recognition Awards program to appreciate the dedicated efforts of business operators that excel in what they do. Nominations must be for activities that took place from January - December 2018 or January - December 2019. All Together there are three Award Categories: 

1. Innovative Experience or Product Development Award 

2. Partnership and Collaboration Award

3. Responsible Tourism Award 

Over the past two years many tourism business operators have demonstrated success in the above categories; the Awards program provides an opportunity to share your stories and celebrate your hard work. 

How to Apply: Click on each Award Title for each Criteria to apply. All Submission deadlines are November 30th, 2020. All Submissions are to be emailed to: info@theheartofontario.com. Please note: Only Electronic Submissions to the email aboved will be accepted. 


Congratulations to Grand River Paddling Marketing Campaign Partners

The best of the best in Ontario tourism were celebrated at the annual Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence Gala on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at the Blue Mountain Village Conference Centre. These awards recognize tourism industry successes by honouring individuals and businesses that have made significant contributions to Ontario’s tourism industry.

Maria Fortunato, Executive Director, was in attendance and thrilled to accept on behalf of Hamilton Halton Brant Regional Tourism Association and industry partners the Tourism Marketing Partnership Award - Grand River Paddling Marketing Campaign. The Partners for this campaign included:   Grand River Rafting, Grand Experiences, the County of Brant Tourism, Tourism Brantford, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, Destination Ontario and HHBRTA. 

The Grand River Paddling Partnership was an initiative with a unique mix of active partners, which included both tourism organizations and operators, and partners at all levels – provincial, regional and local. The campaign not only successfully built awareness of the Grand River as a destination for exceptional paddling experience by achieving over 2.5 million impressions, but also positioned Grand River paddling as suitable for both new and experienced paddlers alike. Almost 25,000 consumers clicked through to online campaign content and there were 47,284-page views of campaign content. The Grand River Paddling Marketing Campaign was also a FINALIST in the Tourism Marketing Campaign Award – under 50k.   

This partnership initiative is an excellent result of industry operators collaborating on a tourism development priority with the goal to grow regional visitation and increase tourism receipts. Let us celebrate and keep the momentum growing together.

Click here to see a full list of TIAO Winners. 

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