wo of the most important activities at NOTO are working to insure that government policies recognize the needs of our industry, and communicating important industry news and trends to you. Those can be pretty daunting tasks for an organization with a staff of 5, given the range of issues that affect our industry.
Fortunately, we’re not in this alone. One of the things we do at NOTO is stay in touch with other organizations that share some of our interests and concerns. Being part of a larger, coordinated effort is an important way that we leverage our limited resources and maximize our influence.
Here is just a small sample of some of the groups we have been working with over the past few months.
Binational Tourism Alliance
This group of business people on both sides of the border is working hard to find a solution to the pending US passport problem. We have been in regular contact with them, and have passed their materials on to you so that you can write letters of support for their lobbying efforts. Jim Bradley, our minister of tourism, has actively supported the work of the BTA and his ministry helped organize an industry meeting with them in Niagara-on-the-Lake in May, which we attended.
National Outfitters Association
NOTO is a founding member of a new, national association that will help our industry work together on issues of national concern. At our meeting in Winnipeg in June, we coordinated our efforts on a range of issues, including:
Air Canada firearms handling fees
Border crossing issues
Commercial vessel regulations
Tourism Federation of Ontario
NOTO is a long standing member of TFO, which brings together approximately 30 tourism organizations from across Ontario to work on issues of mutual concern. This organization provides an excellent opportunity to share information and issues, and to create alliances on issues. TFO was one of our key partners on the drinking water issue.
Ontario Tourism Council
NOTO was a founding member of this new group, a smaller, more focused group than TFO, made of up tourism organizations that place a strong emphasis on government relations. NOTO and several other OTC members are also members of TFO. In May, we met with tourism minister Jim Bradley and finance minister Dwight Duncan to discuss a variety of tourism issues, including greater government budget support for tourism.
This article was taken from page 12 of NOTO's "The Outfitter" publication, Fall 2006 Issue