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Industry Events

Destination Ontario  is pleased to keep you informed about upcoming major industry events, either organized by Destination Ontario or by other industry organizations. This section is meant for industry events only, generally province-wide or regional tourism organization events. For consumer festivals and events, we provide free listings on our consumer website, Please refer to the Partnership Opportunities section for instructions on listing your consumer festival or event.

2018 Ontario’s Southwest Tourism Conference (Mar 20 - 21, 2018)

Leamington, Ontario - Best Western Plus Leamington Hotel & Conference Centre

We welcome you to join us at this year's Southwest Ontario Tourism Conference at the Best Western Plus Hotel & Conference Centre in Leamington March 20-21, 2018.

The Annual Tourism Conference offers a unique learning and networking opportunity. It hosts tourism business owners and professionals from across Southwestern Ontario for two days of informative sessions with timely and actionable info you can take back right away.

Learn from industry experts like Celes Davar. Celes is one of Canada's leading experiential travel coaches and president of Earth Rhythms, a registered tourism company with the goal of developing experiential tourism in Canada. He's been strategically advising experience focused businesses for the last 22 years.

After such success in 2017, attendees once again have the opportunity to get hands-on with engaging learning tours at this year’s conference too. Participants can select one of three tours that best suit their needs and businesses; share their lessons for achieving success in delivering tourism experiences.

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Terroir Symposium (Apr 23, 2018)

Toronto, Ontario - Art Gallery of Ontario

Join us at the Terroir Symposium to gain practical knowledge, grow your professional network and glean inspiration from the community powered by the economics of local. Together we’ll learn how our terroir supports economic profitability, a healthy corporate culture, environmental sustainability and vibrant communities wherever you may stand.

The 12th annual Terroir Symposium promises to be very special. We’ve gathered a unique program of thought-leaders, visionaries and influencers to share their insights, ideas and experiences on how to leverage what comes from our lands, lakes and oceans. An interactive day to listen and discuss the opportunities and challenges of showcasing terroir in our businesses and destinations.

Our presenters are leaders in the global hospitality and tourism sectors and will be speaking to technology and innovation, economically viable business models and added value concepts, as well as, dynamic marketing and partnerships that showcase the best of Terroir.

OSRA AGM, Conference and Trade Show (May 22 - 24, 2018)

Mono, Ontario - Hockley Valley Resort

Annual General Meeting for OSRA member areas, golf plus a 2-day conference with industry topics on the agenda. Trade Show with 30-35 booths and Chairman’s Dinner.

TIAO's Annual General Meeeting (May 30, 2018)

Ottawa, Ontario - To Be Determined

The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario welcomes Ontario’s industry partners to join TIAO for its Annual General Meeting.

OSRA Fall Education Seminar (Sep 24 - 26, 2018)

Blue Mountains, Ontario - Toronto Ski Club

Séminaire de trois jours axé sur le risque traitant de sujets pertinents à l'industrie dans le cadre de séances et de discussions en petits groupes. Formation simultanée pour les exploitants,  dont une formation sur la mécanique des remonte-pentes.

Ontario Tourism Summit 2018 (Oct 23 - 24, 2018)

Windsor, Ontario - Caesars Windsor

The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario is hosting the 14th Annual Ontario Tourism Summit. Join hundreds of tourism professionals from across the province who gather annually to learn the latest in industry trends and forecasts, share best practices, network with colleagues, and recognize industry leaders at the Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence. Destination Ontario is pleased to be a presenting partner of the Ontario Tourism Summit.