Blog Tag: tourism

President’s Notes – Spring 2021

Spring is definitely in the air, giving us some warm weather to enjoy and a little more pep in our step. Although, the last year has had its fair share of uncertainties, one thing has remained steady and that is the incredible support of our businesses and the community as a whole. We may be a region made up of smaller groups but together we show great strength as a whole.


CHOOSE LOCAL! – Staycations

Staycation Ideas

2020 has squashed a lot of travel plans this year… but new plans can be made! One doesn’t have to travel far to find a peaceful oasis. This year consider exploring your own backyard! The Kawarthas are known as a tourist destination, and for good reason. We boast beautiful lakes and parks, unique shops and delicious eateries. Choose Local! this year and discover what the Kawarthas have to offer. We have pulled together some great staycation ideas from accommodation providers in our area.

**Please see note at the bottom regarding Province wide lockdown**


Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) – A Visitor Tax

Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) – A Visitor Tax

In 2018 the Provincial government passed a regulation allowing for a MAT. Many municipalities across Ontario have passed by-laws to implement this tax for transient accommodation, which is paid by the visitor. Each municipality determines which transient accommodation is included – hotels, inns, motels, resorts, B&Bs, trailer parks, campgrounds, and/or short term rentals (such as Airbnb). Here is the Provincial Legislation regarding the tax.

Closing the Tourism Gap

$16 Billion Ontario Tourism Gap Requires a Dedicated Government Strategy:
Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism
Lost Revenue From The Province’s Tourism Industry Impacting Job Creation and Growth

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On November 17th the Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has released new data that reveals a significant tourism opportunity gap when compared to international growth rates. According to the organization’s report, Closing the Tourism Gap: Creating a Long-Term Advantage for Ontario, Ontario has foregone nearly $16 billion in visitor spending between 2006 and 2012 by not keeping up with global growth trends. (more…)