WELCOME TO RTO8

Helping Grow Tourism for Kawarthas Northumberland

OUR VISION

THE CITY OF KAWARTHA LAKES, PETERBOROUGH & THE KAWARTHAS AND NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY

are synonymous with the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site of Canada, one of the finest interconnected systems of navigation in the world

OUR MISSION

TO WORK WITH OUR PARTNERS TO BUILD A COMPETITIVE TOURISM DESTINATION THAT

Highlights the unique attributes of the region
Demonstrates leadership in product and experiential development
Penetrates key markets through total brand ownership
Attracts investment and qualified stable workforce

WHY KAWARTHAS NORTHUMBERLAND?

RTO8 exists to support a competitive and sustainable regional tourism industry, attract visitors, generate economic activity and create jobs. We work with industry partners to build up the Kawarthas Northumberland region through experience development, investment, marketing, and workforce development

WHAT'S NEW

Tourism Connects

Tourism Connects: Online Courses

We are excited to be introducing a suite of bilingual self-paced courses over the fall and winter as we rebuild our industry’s capacity and rebound from COVID-19. RTO8 stakeholders – tourism businesses, organizations, associations, and professionals located within Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough City or County and Northumberland County – will have free access to these courses until March 31, 2022.

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Acceler8—Leading Business Towards Success

Regional Tourism Organization (RTO8) is pleased to offer Acceler8, a community based Business Mentoring Program This program is geared to existing tourism sector businesses within the Kawarthas Northumberland region. The tourism industry was one of the hardest hit by the pandemic and as we focus on recovery, we believe a mentoring program can help your business rebuild and achieve business growth.

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TIAO Survey to Understand What's Driving the Tourism & Hospitality Labour Crisis in Ontario

The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) seeks the views of current and former employees in Ontario’s tourism and hospitality industry to complete an anonymous and confidential survey to understand the challenges faced by those working in the tourism and hospitality industry, increased pressures during the pandemic, and how these factors might contribute to the current labour crisis. TIAO will share the results of the survey with the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development and the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries to help inform government decision-making to address the labour crisis.

Taste of the Trent-Severn Waterway Culinary Program

Calling all Culinary Providers within Kawarthas Northumberland. We’re reaching out to all food & beverage producers and providers within Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough City and County and Northumberland County to get creative and showcase a culinary product created to commemorate the 101st anniversary of through navigation on the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site of Canada.

Trent-Seven Trail Town Paddle Art Project

We’re inviting artists within the Kawarthas Northumberland region to get creative and design a wooden paddle that depicts the uniqueness or the history of one of the nine designated Trent-Severn Trail Town (TSTT) communities. The communities are: Campbellford, Hastings, Lakefield, Buckhorn, Bobcaygeon, Lindsay, Fenelon Falls, Coboconk and Rosedale.

Are You a Trail Town Friendly Business?

If you a consumer facing business located within 2km of one of the 9 Trent-Severn Trail Town (TSTT) communities, the answer should be YES! Sign up today so your businesses can start to benefit from the TSTT program and its marketing initiatives. Click the logo on the left to view the criteria and to submit an application.

RECENT HIGHLIGHTS

Trail Towns with Amy Camp

Trail Town ideas and success stories from Amy Camp of Cycle Forward.

Destination Canada Tips and Tricks

This video series by Destination Canada is designed to help Canadian tourism business get the most out of their marketing efforts, reach travellers and remain competitive. The quick tutorials feature Destination Canada team members sharing their expertise.

Let's Talk Tourism Video Series

These videos will teach tourism businesses how to leverage their DMO & RTO8 for best results.