Member Update – April 25, 2016

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Steve & Andrea Grupe from Tall Pines Camp in Perreault Falls!!
Congratulations Steve & Andrea and thank you for your continued support!
Are you concerned about the new changes to the bear hunt?
Contact us to be put on our Bear Communications List to stay on top of new developments that may arise out of NOTO’s discussions with Government over the coming weeks. Be our ears and eyes on the ground and provide us with your input.
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NOTO 2016 Spring Meeting Tour Begins May 4th
Laurie Marcil, Executive Director of NOTO will be attending Spring meetings of local tourism operator organizations with a trip to Northwestern Ontario.  
Her current schedule is as follows:
May 4th – Sunset Country Travel Association AGM (Dryden)
May 5th – NWOTA AGM (Emo)
May 6th – KDCA AGM (Waldhof)
May 7th – Red Lake Sportsmen’s Dinner
She hopes to attend other tourism association meetings across the Province to provide updates on current issues NOTO is following and to get a feel for what other issues may be important for operators.
If you are having a Spring meeting with a group of tourism industry folks and would like her to attend, please email
As you gather your supplies for the coming season, DON’T FORGET TO SHOP WITH NOTO ALLIED MEMBERS FIRST!
Click here for the Online Allied Directory.
We are pleased to provide NOTO members with the following brief updates.

Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sports Holds Strategic Framework for Tourism in Ontario Focus Sessions
In addition to the two sessions identified in the Minister’s message below in Sault Ste. Marie and Kenora, there is also one scheduled in Thunder Bay on May 13th.
We encourage members to attend and be part of this initiative. It is important that resource-based tourism is represented at these sessions. Visit the website link included in the Mnister’s message below for more details and to register.
A Message From The Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
I am pleased to let you know that beginning in April we will be holding facilitated focus sessions on tourism in communities across the province to support the development of the Strategic Framework for Tourism in Ontario.

We held initial discussions with industry representatives during the winter and took away a number of key themes and priorities. Our next step is to share what we learned, hear what you think of our initial plan, and decide together what we can all do to grow tourism in the province.

More information on these sessions, including locations and how to register, is available on our website. I encourage you to share this information with your networks, as we would like to hear ideas from a diverse group of tourism stakeholders.

Two additional facilitated focus sessions in Northern Ontario to support the development of the strategic Framework for Tourism in Ontario include:

Friday, April 29, 2016 ( 1 to 3 p.m.)
Sault Ste. Marie
Delta Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront Hotel

Thursday, May 12, 2016 (10 a.m. to noon)
Clarion Lakeside Inn and Conference Centre

Ontario’s tourism industry supports economic growth, and I am proud of the important role it plays in building vibrant communities.

I hope you will attend a session over the coming weeks. Your advice will be invaluable in growing tourism in Ontario and making it one of the world’s best places to visit.

Michael Coteau
Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

2016 NOTO Membership renewal packages will be sent out in May. Please watch for your package and renew your support.  If you have already renewed during the early bird process, we thank you very much! 
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