The NOTO Conference Review

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For those of you who were not able to attend the NOTO Conference last week in Sudbury, you missed a lot.  As the office staff returned to our desks this week and reviewed the feedback sheets from participants, we were delighted to see the positive comments. According to participants, the presentations were relevant and timely and we witnessed firsthand that they stimulated healthy discussions. A wide range of topics were covered including border crossing, the new automated fishing and hunting licence system, matters of conservation and preservation of our natural resources and operational issues that impact our tourism businesses like the new accessibility requirements.
It is a tradition within NOTO conferences that the attendees develop useful and long lasting networks and this year was no exception. The combination of new people and our core group of NOTO supporters and regular conference attendees was good to see.  Brenda Baughman from Bow Narrows Camp had this to say about attending the conference, “When you tell the world about this conference you can mention that we always learn enough information here to save us or earn us the money to pay for our NOTO membership and the cost of the conference. All the fellowship and great food is a bonus.”
An important high point of the conference was the presentation of the Bob Giles award to Ken Turner owner of Woodland Echoes Resort by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture for his outstanding contribution to the development of a tourism region and his dedication over countless years to this industry.
Over the coming days and weeks, NOTO will provide updates in separate articles on the important items that came out of the conference including the presentation highlights. All information will be made available through our website as reference material for future use by the industry. Keep watching your emails, the news feeds and discussion board for further updates.

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