WINCHESTER — Employees and leaders in SDG’s travel industry took part in a Kick-off to Tourism Week today, a special event designed to bring attention to the economic impact and social benefits of tourism in our community.
Approximately 30 people attended the event at Terrace Green B&B in a show of support for the tourism employees, businesses and local food producers in SDG.
Things got underway with participants enjoying local food from SDG: True Bee Honey, Avonmore Berry Farm strawberries, Coffey’s Coffee, Simple Baked Catering croissants, Greg’s ham, Tim Burrell’s pears, Barkleyvale Farm’s maple syrup, Parmalat cheese and Ok Ranch eggs. Anne Carriere of Simply Baked Catering whipped it all together into a scrumptious breakfast extraordinaire.
The table was also set with the local tourism offices pamphlets, as well as the SDG Visitor Guide to highlight and promote tourism activity within the region.
The event served as an opportunity to network and highlight events in SDG, through the local economic development and tourism staff.
Gina Dragone, Food and Agriculture Development Officer with the All Things Food organization, also highlighted the “What’s your story” opportunity as she gathers background history of some local producers and agri-food businesses in the region.
This kick-off was organized as part of Tourism Week in Canada, a national initiative that runs through June 2nd highlighting how the tourism contributes to the standard of living and quality of life of all Canadians.
“Tourism is a key contributor to our economy, not only on a national level but also right here in North Dundas and SDG,” said North Dundas Mayor Eric Duncan.
“Tourism also means business in our community,” noted the mayor’s aunt, Annette Angus, who operates Terrace Green with her husband, Jim. As her guests looked on from tables arranged in long rows at the serene country venue’s sprawling verandah, Angus observed that “so many of our businesses are directly supported by the industry, with summer just around the corner, we look forward to welcoming our visitors to share and experience all that SDG has to offer.”
Also in attendance for the celebratory occasion was Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MP Guy Lauzon.