Mississauga Celebrating World Tourism DayPublished on September 27, 2020
Ontario encouraging people to travel safely and locally on World Tourism Day and enjoy tourism offerings close to home
MISSISSAUGA — As Ontario recognizes World Tourism Day 2020, this is the perfect time for people in Mississauga-Lakeshore to enjoy what makes our community so special. The government is encouraging people to safely explore and enjoy their local attractions, patios and shops while continuing to follow health and safety guidelines.
Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore, travelled safe and local, visiting and supporting local tourism destinations, including Port Credit, Mississauga's Village on the Lake.
“Mississauga’s tourism businesses are an important part of our local economy and contribute to our pride of place,” said Cuzzetto. “World Tourism Day gives us a special opportunity to show our appreciation and support for our local attractions and tourism operators.”
To help bolster local tourism economies, the government recently announced a $13-million funding partnership between Destination Ontario and Destination Canada, which is helping to deliver locally driven marketing programs that showcase all that Ontario has to offer.
“World Tourism Day is the perfect time to celebrate the many attractions and businesses that make up Ontario’s $36-billion tourism industry and contribute to Ontario being the world in one province,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “Keeping safety in mind, we encourage people to travel locally to explore all of Ontario’s unique and exciting tourist attractions. By visiting and exploring the tourism offerings in our own backyard, we are helping to set our communities, regional tourism sectors and local businesses on a path to recovery.”
In Port Credit with the Hon. Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industries
Additionally, our government is promoting Ontario Live — a virtual hub designed to foster and support businesses in the tourism, sport, and creative sectors. Ontario Live connects Ontario artists, tourism operators, attractions and businesses with online audiences from across the province and around the world.
Mississauga’s artists, operators, attractions and businesses are encouraged to register now on Ontario.live for the opportunity to connect with online audiences.
The government will continue to work with the tourism and arts sectors to ensure that, as the province safely and gradually reopens, Ontario will be in the best position to welcome the world back to the province.
- World Tourism Day, commemorated each year on September 27, fosters awareness of tourism’s social, cultural, political and economic value, and the contribution the sector can make in reaching sustainable development goals.
- In April 2020, Ontario released sector-specific safety guidelines for the tourism and hospitality sectors to help businesses operate and reopen safely in this current environment. The guidelines include enhanced hygiene procedures, physical distancing measures and screening of both workers and guests for health issues. These guidelines can be viewed at www.ontario.ca/covidsafety.
- Ontario is investing $9.75 million to support more than 250 festivals and events through Celebrate Ontario 2020, including Blockbuster events.
- The province also supports communities and culture through the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council and Ontario Creates.
- Tourism is a key economic driver in Ontario, supporting more than 400,000 jobs and generating over $36 billion of economic activity for the province.
- Tourism, when combined with Ontario’s heritage, sport, and culture industries in total, generated more than $75 billion of economic activity for the province.
Office of Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP