Executive Director January Recap

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There are a lot of parables that speak to the individual being responsible for his/her own success.  Probably the reason there are so many is that it is true.  Each of us has the ability to make choices that will…

Executive Director December Recap

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Happy Holidays! It seems that each year the holiday season gets busier.  It could be because the kids are getting busier but still can’t drive themselves around.  It could be that I am just getting older and the things I…

Roadtrip

Executive Director November Recap

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Good Day, This past weekend, my oldest had his last lacrosse tournament of the season down in Pennsylvania.  Trish and I decided to make a mini vacation out of it, so on early Friday morning we packed up the mini…

Double Awards for Durham’s Rural Routes and Dirty Boots Trail

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Congratulations to all those involved in the Rural Routes and Dirty Boots product trail celebrating twice over on the same evening -October 24th – in Toronto, at the 12th Annual DINE and Destination Awards for Winner Culinary Tourism Initiative – Rural Routes & Dirty Boots.

Executive Director October Recap

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Last week, the board and staff met to set the direction of the organization for fiscal 2019-2020, which begins April 1. Each of Central Counties’ 16 board members is also a stakeholder who is volunteering – taking time away from their own successful careers and businesses to take a step back to look at the big picture for tourism in the region. The board members were asked to answer the question “What does success look like for Central Counties”. It is a great question, and an important one for the direction of the organization.

Taking notes

Tourism Now Webinar Available

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Getting to Know Central Counties Tourism We are excited to launch our new webinar aimed at providing a snapshot of the tourism landscape and how we can work together to strengthen your business. Developed from our live Tourism Now workshops…

Executive Director August Recap

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As the summer season starts to wind down, many of you are gearing up for your truly busy season – fall. Being busy is good. It may not always feel like it when you go home exhausted, but it is a testament to the amount of people that want to get out of the house and do something different and unique. And, as tired as you may be, there is a certain sense of accomplishment knowing that you had a hand in making someone else’s day special.

Ice Fishing on Lake Simcoe

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The community of Georgina, on the southern shores of beautiful Lake Simcoe has a long history of ice fishing. In the winter, ice cream parlors have shut up shop but bait stores are still open and fishing huts dot the frozen lake. Lake Simcoe, world-renowned as an ice fishing destination.

Temperance and Temptation Tour

Executive Director July Recap

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This summer we put out a call for stakeholders wanting to partner with Central Counties to bring the stories of temperance and temptation to life.  Central Counties spent the better part of a year researching the history of our small…

Summer Road Trip Magazine Hot off the Press!

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Building on the success of last year’s Ultimate Road Trip campaigns, with recording breaking visitation of more than 240k consumer visits to www.yorkdurhamheadwaters.ca, Central Counties is once again Ontario’s Ultimate Road Trip Destination this summer! The Road Trip Magazine featuring some of Central Counties member businesses was circulated to 120,000 Globe & Mail customers.

Biking Summer Trails

Executive Director June Recap

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Hold onto your hats. I know for many of you the busy season is right around the corner. Central Counties is hard at work launching our summer campaign which includes the Road Trip Magazine, supporting content on yorkdurhamheadwaters.ca, lots of media FAMS and bloggers to write about the great things to see and do in our region and the launch of the Temperance and Temptation experiences.

Central Counties AGM Member Spotlight Recipients 2018

Central Counties AGM Member Spotlight Recipients 2018

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Congratulations to Landman Gardens and Bakery, King Township and The Second Wedge Brewing Co. who were this year’s recipient of the Member Spotlight presented at Central Counties June AGM. The Member Spotlight is presented annually for each region to a business that represents a strong tourism ready business model and works with Central Counties, its partner organizations and their community to build a product that keeps evolving and reaching for excellence.