It’s been a remarkable 2017 filled with new records, new spaces and even a giant rubber duck. Let’s celebrate everything our destination has accomplished this year. Tourism made a huge impact for our economy in 2017, and we have this remarkable community to thank for that success. To round out the year, here are 17 big wins that happened across the region in 2017.
Five hundred and fifty competitors from 17 nations are set to compete in the Invictus Games right here in Toronto, Canada’s downtown.
The Leafs’ season is underway; the Raptors’ season starts shortly; the Argos are in the exciting final stretch; the TFC are heading to post-season play; AND THE JAYS SWEPT THE FIRST ROUND OF THE AMERICAN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS. Life, for a sports fan, or really any fan of drama and entertainment, doesn’t get any better than this.
When Tourism Toronto started the Relax, Recharge, Renew program eight years ago, the vision was to create a program that helps out the parents of children with special needs. We take our role in the community seriously and we wanted to do something meaningful and unique and sometimes the best way to help these inspiring children is to give mom and dad a break. So while we knew you can never do enough for the kids, we also knew that there wasn’t anything like this being done for parents and other caregivers. That’s how RRR was born.
A recent development in Canadian immigration policy means positive news for tourism in Toronto. I’m referring to the Canadian government’s decision to lift the mandatory visa requirement for Mexicans travelling to Canada. The policy reversal was announced by the Prime Minister in June and takes effect on December 1.
In a previous blog post I wrote about the positive impact the meetings industry has on Toronto. Now, with the massive and prestigious Microsoft Worldwide Partner Convention (WPC) having just wrapped up in Toronto, I want to expand on that topic. A convention like WPC is much sought after by many cities around the world, and the fact that it’s been held here repeatedly (this was the third time in 12 years) is a testament to Toronto’s ability to handle – and excel at – hosting big, complex meetings.
I have had the good fortune of having diverse experiences and wonderful mentors that helped me get to where I am now in my career and life. In the last decade I felt the strong need to give back in a greater way and began focusing on helping women reach the next level in their careers. These and other topics were the subject of a recent article in the Huffington Post “Women in Business Q&A: Johanne R. Bélanger, President & CEO, Tourism Toronto.”
I hope you enjoy reading it and gain some insight and ideas about your own journey.