|The Georgian Bay Destination Development Partnership (GBDDP) was awarded the Tourism Marketing Partnership Award at this week’s Ontario Tourism Summit. “It is a true honour to be recognized by our peers for this concrete example of collaboration” said Don Braden, Chair of the GBDDP. “This project has brought together all the tourism organizations around the Georgian Bay as well as support from municipal councils as we all work to make Georgian Bay an outstanding Canadian tourism destination” added Braden.|
In accepting the award at the Summit, Braden recognized the visionary work of Rob Thorburn in urging us all to position Georgian Bay as the Tuscany of Ontario.
“The selection committee recognized the large geographic scope of the project as well as the cooperation amongst central and northern Ontario organizations” said Donna MacLeod, Past Chair of the GBDDP. “This recognition will spur on our efforts to make Georgian Bay foremost in tourist minds” said Meredith Armstrong, incoming Chair.
The GBDDP consists of 10 core DMO partners and 5 industry partners, and is managed by BC Hughes. The purpose of the GBDDP is to (i) encourage our domestic market to travel locally and (ii) position Georgian Bay as an icon destination with the ability to attract the international market and become one of the worlds preferred destinations. To accomplish these goals the GBDDP has built community linkages and partnerships, increased the level of quality and customer service and developed unique products and stellar experiential linkages along Georgian Bay. These are all featured through tour routes, itineraries and maps at our website. The GBDDP was recognized as the “Best Hidden Travel Gem” in the Canadian Tourism Commission’s Locals Know Campaign, featured in the Great Ontario Outdoors Contest and is now listed on the CTC’s international consumer web site.
Georgian Bay contains 2 UNESCO World Biosphere Reserves, the world’s longest freshwater beach – Wasaga, the longest footpath – Bruce Trail, the largest freshwater island – Manitoulin, and over 2,000 kilometers of shoreline entirely in Ontario.