WOODSTOCK, ON, Feb. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - Ontario's Southwest experienced the
sweet taste of victory when it was honoured on February 1st at EDCO's
55th Annual Conference & Showcase at the Toronto Marriott Downtown. The
Economic Developers Council of Ontario is an independent, non-profit,
incorporated association engaged in economic development. These awards
recognize marketing initiatives to promote tourism, business
development and product development in Ontario.
Ontario's Southwest 2011 Culinary Guide was named best Tourism Specialty
Brochure/Map/Guide of the year. This publication has benefited from the
dedicated collaboration of culinary tourism and design professionals
who contributed their significant expertise to the project.
"Ontario's Southwest offers an exceptional variety of culinary options
and the guide reflects just how bountiful the region truly is. We are
delighted the guide has been recognized as this is the first
collaborative piece of nine destination marketing organizations," said
Lori Da Silva, Chair of the regional tourism organization's Board and
General Manager, London Convention Centre.
"The Culinary Guide is a huge first step in the new collaboration of all
nine tourism organizations in Ontario's Southwest. Our region is known
as the breadbasket of Ontario. It makes perfect sense to work together
to strengthen culinary and farm fresh food initiatives and demonstrate
we are stronger together than apart," said Joy Sim, Manager of Tourism
at Economic Development for Chatham-Kent and co-chair of the interim
board of directors.
Fellow co-chair and Manager, Tourism & Economic Development for Norfolk
County Clark Hoskin added, "We identified early on that each community
within our region had a claim to fame when it came to food grown
locally, as well as great restaurants that are committed to supporting
our farmers and food producers. This differentiates us in Ontario - we
grow most of the food. The Culinary Guide celebrates the many flavour
destinations within Southwest Ontario".
The Culinary Guide is currently on display at tourist destinations all
over Ontario's Southwest and a digital version is available at www.ontariossouthwestculinary.com.
About Ontario's Southwest
The Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation is the Regional Tourism
Organization for Ontario's Southwest. It is designed to bring regional
tourism into the hands of the private sector. The guide was produced by
the Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation formally RTO 1 Transition
Group and funded by the Government of Ontario. Editorial and creative
was produced by Bryan Lavery and Chris McDonell of Eat Drink Magazine
respectively. Marco Di Carlo and Shane Stuart of Velocity Studio's took
the reins in creating the website and online version of the guide.
SOURCE Ontario's Southwest
For further information:
Jen Moore, Marketing & Communications Coordinator