Igniting tourism spirit
Summit held in Lansdowne
The lower floor of the Community Building on Jessie Street in Lansdowne was filled with presenters and interested attendees as the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands presented the tourism summit Ignite Inspiration on Nov. 24.
“The Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands (TLTI) and members of its Economic Development Committee extend gratitude to the many residents, tourism providers and business owners who participated in the Ignite Inspiration Tourism Summit,” said Amy Webb, Community/Business Outreach Assistant, Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands. “It was a successful day filled with engaging businesses, making connections and sourcing local.”
Thesix hour event had several exhibitors as well as two panels – one made up of successful local business people who came out to inspire the participants and a second of different tourism organizations. George Horton,Committee Chair, opened the event by introducing MP Gord Brown, Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, and New York State Assemblywoman Addie Jenne, who had come up specifically to speak at the summit.
“This is a truly international tourism event, and I want to welcome Addie Jenne, Assemblywoman from just across the river” said MP Brown. “We are having an actual international Thousand Islands Tourism event. I want to thank the Township for organizing this summit. I think this is a great idea to put this on and to look at all of the possibilities of how we can enhance tourism here. We have so many wonderful assets here – the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve, multicultural tourism, and so many people here today with wonderful presentations on how we can enhance tourism.”
“I represent essentially from Sacket’s Harbour to Massena, the entire St. Lawrence River Valley,” said Addie Jenne, NYS Assembywoman for Jefferson and Lewis Counties. “I am very lucky in that regard – I have the most beautiful District in all of New York State. We’re hoping that (this year’s high water) was an anomaly, and from a tourism perspective that’s at the top of all of our minds... We have a lot of work todo– wehave tomake sure that our natural attractions and the people that are welcoming our visitors are up to that level of visitation. Iwant to see how we can better partner with you (here in Canada) so that we are a global destination.”
Keynote speaker for the morning was Carol Greenwood, Membership and Business Development, Tourism Industry of Ontario, who spoke on insight to local tourism development.
“We wanted to share with you what we do because we are your voice with the provincial government,” said Greenwood. “Tourism drives the economy, tourism matters, and tourism creates jobs.
Sharing their success stories with the participants were “The Opinicon” (Peter-McFarland) on Sourcing Locally/ Social Media Promotion; “Red Fish Cottages” (Susan Magalas) on Partnering and Packaging; “Frontenac Arch Biosphere” (Liz Harder) on Hidden Treasures – Amazing Places; “1,000 Islands Kayaking” (Scott Ewart) on Professionalism and Customer Service; and “Royal Theatre” (Frayne-McCarthy) on Operating In theOff- Season.
The afternoon panel was made up of Blair Harris from the Ministry of Tourism, Bonnie Ruddock of The Great Waterway, and Gary-De-Young of the 1,000 Islands International Tourism Council. Their topic of discussion was how to create links inside our communities.
A presentation was also made by Guy LaFlamme, Executive Director, Ottawa 2017, on “Own Your Identity to Create a Positive Reputation and Invoke Sustainability”. It was filled with a variety of ideas on promoting local areas and inspiring tourists to visit them.
The theme of lunch was “a taste of local flavour”, sourced, prepared and served by Wendy’s Country Market.
“This Summit was a culmination of the community’s input and feedback,” said Webb. Staff want to bring you more events like this. If there is a key economic driver that you would like to profile, please share your ideas with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
MP Gord Brown, NYS Assemblywoman Addie Jenne, and Kathrine Christensen of 1,000 Islands Accommodation Partners all came out to participate in the Ignite Inspiration Tourism Summit held in Lansdowne on November 24, 2017.
Economic Development Committee Chair George Horton emceed the Ignite Inspiration Tourism Summit held in Lansdowne on November 24, 2017.