The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Collaboration and innovation at the fourth annual Durham Tourism Partnership Symposium

WHITBY, ON March 27, 2015

The future direction of Durham Region’s thriving tourism industry was showcased among local sector stakeholders yesterday at the fourth annual Durham Tourism Partnership Symposium, held at Royal Ashburn Golf Club in Whitby.

In order to continue the growth and development of Durham Region’s economy, the Durham Tourism Partnership Symposium featured a tourism industry speaker series with industry experts and a networking session for local businesses—presented by Durham Tourism and Central Counties Tourism.

“The annual Durham Tourism Partnership Symposium showcases Durham Region’s prosperous and vibrant tourism sector, which is made up of many star attractions and unique businesses,” said Roger Anderson, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer. “Collaboration in marketing among these establishments is what allows Durham to offer experiences to both residents and visitors that are second to none.”

The event featured two keynote speakers: Nicholas Boothman, inspiring speaker, face-to-face communication expert and world-renowned author; and Mary and Bill Kendrick, tourism industry leaders who spoke about satisfying tourists needs with well-crafted experiences. Other speakers included:

•            Roger Anderson, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer, The Regional Municipality of Durham

•            Kathy Weiss, Director, Economic Development and Tourism, The Regional Municipality of Durham

•            Kerri King, Tourism Manager, The Regional Municipality of Durham

•            Don Terry, Sport Durham Chairman

•            Kathy Marcelline, Partnership Development and Sales, Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC)

•            Chuck Thibeault, Executive Director, Central Counties Tourism

•            Eileen Kennedy, Economic Development Coordinator, The Regional Municipality of Durham

•            Katrina Pyke, Coordinator, Museum Operations, Pickering Museum Village

•            Doug Till, Marketing Consultant Film, Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC)

•            Brian Malcolm, Executive Director, Parkwood Estate

Combined, the presenters updated more than 150 participants on industry initiatives and programs; encouraged collaborations as part of individual business strategies; and armed local tourism businesses with practical advice to help further their success.

“The tourism industry speaker series explores ways to take Durham’s assets and leverage them to attract more visitors to the region,” said Kathy Weiss, Director of Economic Development and Tourism. “By promoting and developing our exceptional sporting attractions, culinary industry, cultural marvels and other prime destinations, we will attract more overnight stays and new business; resulting in more money being spent locally and the creation of jobs in Durham Region.”

For more information about Durham Tourism, visit or call 1-800-413-0017.

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