Vrancor Opens Hampton Inn by Hilton Sarnia/Point Edward, Ontario

Vrancor Opens Hampton Inn by Hilton Sarnia/Point Edward, Ontario

Vrancor Group, a leading Canadian Hospitality and Development Company, announced the opening of its newest hotel, the six-storey, 95-room Hampton Inn by Hilton Sarnia/Point Edward. The hotel is the latest addition to the Hampton Inn by Hilton brand of more than 2,000 mid-priced hotels. Located at 1492 Venetian Blvd. in Point Edward, Ontario, Canada, the hotel is close to the international border crossing across from Port Huron, Michigan, connecting the United States to Canada via the spectacular Blue Water Bridge.


“As the first new build hotel option to open in the area in more than two decades, we are excited to extend a warm welcome to local residents and guests visiting the Sarnia area” said Darko Vranich, CEO & President, Vrancor Group.


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Winter Bites is Here!

Winter is here and that means Winter Bites Restaurant Week is back! During Winter Bites Restaurant Week, January 11 to January 17, 2016, diners can visit participating restaurants and indulge in a 3-course meal starting at only $10. Participants can dine on prix-fixe menus with $10, $15, $25 or $35 options. Each restaurant will offer a unique Winter Bites menu where diners can select from a variety of appetizers, entrees and desserts.


“Winter Bites Restaurant Week has become a popular event with locals but we even have visitors from outside Windsor Essex take advantage and visit the great eateries we have here during the week,” explains Adriano Ciotoli, co-owner of WindsorEats, a food and drink guide for Windsor-Essex. “The week gives customers great value when dining out but also provides a considerable economic boost for participating restaurants in what is traditionally a slower time.”


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Tourism Oxford relaunches Oxford County Cheese Trail

cheesetrailnewMore cheese, exciting flavours and new experiences have arrived in Oxford County with the relaunch of the Oxford County Cheese Trail. The new trail delves even further into Oxford County’s rich dairy heritage and provides visitors with more opportunities to explore and savour its flavours.


The Oxford County Cheese Trail was initially launched in 2013 in response to a growing interest in culinary tourism. Since then, countless residents and visitors have taken the self-guided tour, sampling local cheese and dairy products and exploring shops, restaurants and museums along the way. The updated trail offers a variety of new cheese- and dairy-themed offerings, providing an enhanced experience for visitors.


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Announcing the Winners of the 2015 Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence

The best of the best in Ontario tourism were celebrated at the annual Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence Gala on Tuesday, Nov. 10 in Toronto. The Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence recognize industry successes by acknowledging those who have made significant contributions to Ontario’s tourism industry.


Jointly presented by the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance (OCTA), the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC) and the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO), the Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence are divided into three respective categories. The Culinary Tourism Awards of Excellence are about the passion of those dedicated to advancing the culinary movement in Ontario, and recognize those who work hard to tell the stories of our growers, producers, chefs, winemakers and brewers. The Tourism Marketing and Travel Media Awards of Excellence celebrate those who contribute to Ontario’s tourism industry through impactful partnerships, marketing activities and media relations. The Tourism Industry Awards of Excellence are presented to organizations, businesses and individuals that represent the quality of outstanding offerings that make Ontario a world-class destination.


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Forked River Brewing Co. Succeeds in Getting Retail Store Relocated

Forked River Brewing Company announces success in getting authorization from AGCO to open a relocated retail store at Unit 4 of 45 Pacific Court.The Company will be hosting a grand opening on Saturday, October 31st from 11am to 4pm to celebrate our collective efforts.


“This success would not have been possible without the support of our customers, city councillors, the mayor, and local MPPs, who have petitioned on our behalf” says David Reed, co-owner of Forked River Brewing. Over 3600 individuals signed Forked River’s online petition on change.org. Resolution of the retail store relocation issue involved discussions with both provincial and federal government agencies over the past 7 months.


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Middlesex County launches new Invest in Middlesex County video series

Middlesex County is proud to announce their latest round of “Invest in Middlesex” promotional videos. The series of eight videos profile people and businesses that make up the Middlesex economy and highlights the County’s new brand, “Invest in Middlesex County…we appreciate your business”.


The videos officially launched at County Council today, offer an inspiring look into local businesses, and the reasons why they call Middlesex County home. Cara Finn, Director of Economic Development says “We wanted to combine a fresh approach to videography and candid conversations with the businesses that contribute directly to the economic health of Middlesex County.


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Sarnia Winners at International Communities in Bloom – 2015

The City of Sarnia is the winner of the International Challenge (Very Large) category. They received 5 Blooms – Bronze and a special mention for Remedial Action Plan for Centennial Park during the 2015 National Symposium and Awards Ceremonies in Kamloops, BC. The City of Sarnia competed against Chatham-Kent ON and Zlin Czech Republic.


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Doors Open St. Thomas Peers into our Industrial Heritage

Every year from May to October, communities across the province open doors to hundreds of historical buildings, museums, private homes, and other interesting venues. Many of the participating sites offer special activities, such as tours, exhibitions and demonstrations – all free of charge!


St. Thomas’ Doors Open is coming up Saturday October 17th from 10am-4pm and will feature some unique sites and activities, including free train rides! The train runs from the L&PS Station to the Elgin County building where people have an hour layover to explore the Elgin County Museum and Archives.


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EDCO Awards of Excellence Submissions Now Open

EDCOsmThe Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) has opened the call for submissions for the EDCO Awards of Excellence.  The Awards of excellence are a highly coveted commodity, an honour to receive, and also a great profile builder and opportunity to showcase your efforts to hundreds of economic development professionals.  As an EDCO award receipt you set the bar as a leader and innovator in the profession. We are excited about 2 NEW awards this year! The Digital Influencer of the Year and the Innovative Community Award.


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