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Information for Northern Ontario's Tourism Industry
Tourism Northern Ontario is one of thirteen not for profit regional tourism organizations funded by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. We are the largest tourism region in geography, the second largest in expenditure and the only region that includes sub-regions.
Tourism Northern Ontario coordinates, aligns and invests in sub-regional programs and leads in identified pan-northern management functions; co-ordination of marketing, product development, workforce and industry training, and investment attraction with the ultimate goal to significantly increase tourism revenues in Northern Ontario. Increased visitation and yield will be achieved by delivering programs designed to enhance existing tourism products and developing new tourism opportunities for the North.
Our structure allows Tourism Northern Ontario to develop pan-Northern initiatives as well as make investments in sub-regional programs that support the North's three distinct travel and marketing corridors.
Tourism Northern Ontario is not membership based so as not to compete with our membership based tourism partners. We inclusively represent all tourism interests and encourage industry particpation through our consultations, board, committees and working groups.
"Tourism is one of the pillars of the Ontario economy and contributes more to provincial Gross Domestic Product than the entire primary sector, including forestry and mining." Discovering Ontario, A Report on the Future of Tourism.
Historically Northern Ontario accounts for 10% of the Province's tourism receipts.