×

Welcome back message from the Director of Education

See message HERE

Campbell questions tourism strategy

campbell - sarah april 11

As the province prepares to release the provincial budget, Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell is continuing to express her concern over tourism in the region. She brought her concerns to Queen's Park on Monday, noting the closure of three regional tourist information centres after last years budget was released.

"Last year, this government closed all three of our travel information centres in favour of a travel app that doesn't work in the remote areas of my riding where tourists visit. Now, we have signs dotting the highway in these same tourist areas that encourage travel to Manitoba, over northwestern Ontario," she said.

The province decided last year to close the information centres, including the one located at the Manitoba border, in favour of technology based information. Campbell also raised the issue of signage along the highway, noting the changes came as tourist outfitters struggle for approval to place signs along the highway.

"This is all at a time when our tourist operators are finding it increasingly difficult to post their own highway signs along the same stretches of highway," she said.

She called on premier Kathleen Wynne to outline statistics that show the changes are having a benefit to Ontario residents. Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Michael Chan defended the government's position, noting they needed to change with the times.

"Times have changed, and we have to change with time. When we talk about the tourism in the rural area, Speaker, it's important to understand that we're into information technology. Many tourists, when they come to Ontario, they will look into the website and they will plan before they even leave their house," he said.

Chan also said the tourism sector saw an increase across the province. He said using the information based technology allowed those outside the province to learn more about their destination before visiting them.

Share This:

  • DylanBillJack

    Residents share how they celebrated summer

    Monday September 01, 2014

    Unfortunately, with the long weekend, comes the reminder that summer is coming to a close. Children return to school on Wednesday and for ma

  • west hawk - a

    Restaurant owner reflects on damage

    Saturday August 30, 2014

    It'll take a while to sort out the mess at the West Hawk Inn. Yesterday's fire gutted the building, including the West Wok Restaurant. Steph

  • Gayle Mutrie

    King George gets big renovation over summer

    Sunday August 31, 2014

    Things are shaping up at King George VI. The elementary school underwent a big renovation over the summer. Vice Principal at King George, Ga

  • Phyllis Eikre

    St. Thomas Aquinas goes wireless

    Sunday August 31, 2014

    St. Thomas Aquinas is going wireless. The high school has decided to ditch the fight against cell phones and tablets and incorporate all the

  • Ash Rapids

    Resorts have good summer despite high water, cold weather

    Saturday August 30, 2014

    It's been a summer filled with ups and downs. However, many resort owners are happy with how business went over the past three months. Terry

  • LIGHTS FROM REAR

    Divers searching for missing American

    Friday August 29, 2014

    The OPP is searching for the body of a 56 year-old Nebraska man. He was reported missing near Sioux Narrows last night. Members of the OPP a

  • Rubberized track

    New rubberized track finishing up in Dryden

    Friday August 29, 2014

    There's a tide of red steadily taking over the track at Dryden District High School. A brand new rubberized track is just putting on the fin

  • roof3

    Severe thunderstorm watch in effect

    Friday August 29, 2014

    Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and hea

  • West Hawk fire good

    Fire at West Hawk Inn

    Friday August 29, 2014

    Smoke billows out of the West Hawk Inn early this afternoon. (Courtesy Ashton Friesen)Firefighters continue to monitor a blaze at the West H

  • OPP

    Kenora OPP charge St. Catherines man with multiple offences

    Friday August 29, 2014

    A St. Catherines mans is facing charges in Kenora for multiple criminal offences. On Wednesday, right before 3:30 in the morning, police rec

Search Local News Archives