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Hamilton, Halton, Brant – Regional Tourism Organization (RTO #3)

The Ontario Government announced the creation of tourism regions through the release of the “Ontario Tourism Competitiveness Study” in February 2009.  The goal of these regions are to increase visitors, generate more economic activity and create more tourism jobs.  In December 2009, the Ontario Ministry of Tourism announced the formation of thirteen “Regional Tourism Organizations” (RTOs).  Hamilton, Halton, Brant RTO #3 includes Brant County, City of Brantford, Halton Region (City of Burlington, Town of Halton Hills, Town of Milton, Town of Oakville), City of Hamilton, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations).  A board of directors has been formed to provide guidance to RTO#3.  A strategic plan was completed in 2011 and the board and staff are working on implementing recommendations from this plan.

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Burlington is Going Green!

Go Green Workshop

A Go Green Tourism Workshop was held in Burlington and there were 17 industry partners who participated.  Michelle Maxwell from Green Earth Strategies and Caroline Polgrabia from the Ministry of Tourism lead the participants through the informative session.  Participants gained a better understanding of the relevant ‘green’ initiatives, learned about carbon neutrality, carbon footprinting and carbon offsetting and discussed certification programs and opportunities.  They worked through a personalized go green action plan to help them take the next steps in greening their business operation and talked about developing green policies.  The resources provided at the workshop have been uploaded to our site.

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