CORNWALL, Ontario – The Cornwall Tourism Development Corporation has given its year in review to Cornwall City Council. In a follow-up report sent to the media, they explained how the organization distributed $104,221 worth of funding to local projects from the Tourism Development Fund.
“We are very pleased with the success of the Tourism Development Fund through what could have been a very difficult year for tourism. We are encouraged by the excellent quality of applications and new initiatives being brought forward,” said Etienne Saint–Aubin, Chair of the TDCC. “There are no limits to what we can do as a community when we seize the opportunity to put forward our best work together. This program which creates jobs, showcases our community, and contributes to our shared sense of pride, exists because the Council of the day acted to help play a greater role in the crucial field of tourism,” he added.
The fund is sustained through the Municipal Accommodation Tax, a four per cent tax on hotel rooms and other similar lodgings that was introduced by City Council in 2018.
Of the money collected through the tax, 45 per cent of which goes to the Tourism Development Fund, another 45 per cent goes towards Cornwall Tourism, and the remaining 10 per cent goes to City of Cornwall administration costs.
The Cornwall Tourism Development Corporation chose to fund 12 out of the 15 applications they received in 2021, which are as follows:
- Apples & Art Studio Tour – $4,000
- Cornwall Art Walk – $800
- Cornwall Community Museum – $3,000
- Cornwall Escape Bike Tours – $11,460
- Essential Kitchen – $7,030
- Holiday Sparkle – $7,725
- Inbound Tourism Program Jolly Tours – $6,939
- Lost Villages Brewery – 25,000
- Native North American Traveling College – $3,000
- Paperboat Farms – $3,000
- Perch Magazine – $7,267
- World Junior A Hockey Challenge – $25,000
The Corporation is expecting to have roughly $300,000 in funding to distribute in 2022.
For more information on the fund or to access the application form visit: www.cornwalltourism.com/tdf