Tag: provincial tourism

    Bringing Kimmel show to Canada to cost taxpayers

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Bringing the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show to Ontario will cost four taxpayer-funded funded tourist agencies a total of $450,000, according to the Niagara-based tourism organization involved in the effort to bring segments of the ABC late-night show to Canada.

    “There is funding involved. It’s about a half a million dollars for all of the partners and our contribution was $50,000,” said Robin Garrett, the CEO of the Tourism Partnership of Niagara.

    The Niagara tourism agency is funded entirely by the provincial tourism ministry, Garrett said.

    With Tourism Toronto leading the effort, the four agencies are putting up the $450,000 to pay for the Kimmel show to shoot segments featuring Kimmel security guard sidekick Guillermo Diaz Rodriguez.

    Guillermo, as he’s popularly known, will be reporting to back to Kimmel — who will be at his Los Angeles studio — from the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival.

    The show will also be shooting in Niagara Falls.

    Tourism agency names first CEO

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The head of a leading provincial tourism marketing agency has been named the first chief executive officer of a new Niagara tourism agency.

    Robin Garrett, president of the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership, was appointed CEO of the Tourism Partnership of Niagara, the organization announced Monday.

    “It will be a very exciting opportunity,” Garrett said in an interview about her new role promoting Niagara’s tourism offerings. “It is know internationally. It really does have an opportunity to be a tourism powerhouse for the province and the country,” Garrett said.

    Tourism tug of war: Who is marketing Niagara?

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Welcome to the bumpy ride that is regional tourism.

    A new body meant to co-ordinate provincial tourism funding for all of Niagara is just getting off the ground. But the fledgling Regional Tourism Organization has already stumbled into a controversy over an untendered marketing contract.

    Meanwhile, the much-maligned Niagara Economic Development Corp., the regional government-funded agency that runs a separate Tourism Niagara website, is paralyzed by a political debate over its future.

    When the dust settles, Niagara is supposed to have a co-operative, industry-led organization designed to cut through the clutter of competing marketing efforts and help co-ordinate an effective, regional tourism strategy.

    But right now, some industry members feel “it’s hard to do our job,” said Susan Morin, community economic development manager for Venture Niagara.

    December visitor figures gloomy

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The weather wasn’t the only thing that was dreary in December.

    The latest figures from Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism and Culture show border crossings into Ontario from the United States were down 12.4% compared to the same period the previous year.

    Same day travel was down 15.5% while overnight crossings saw an 8.7% decrease, according to the most current edition of the provincial Tourism Performance Bulletin.

    The December numbers were a continuation of a year-long trend that saw U.S. same-day crossing down an average of 16.1% in 2009 compared to 2008 and overnight crossings down 7.7 per cent.

    Travel to Ontario from overseas markets declined by 5.6% in December and were down 13.6% for the whole year.

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