Cycling Tourism Workshop was held in Port Dover Summer 2012

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Taking a page from the established and re-established European cycling tourism movement, Ontario hopes to drive rural tourism by matching country roads and scenery with cycling tourists. image: copenhagenize.com

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Cycle tourism is big business and growing – not only here but across Ontario and worldwide. Those with an interest in tourism or who have a business that would like to attract more cyclists should attend the upcoming Welcome Cyclists workshop for Haldimand and Norfolk Counties.

Date/time: Thursday, June 21, 2012. 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: Erie Beach Hotel – Harbour Hideaway Room, 19 Walker Street, Port Dover, ON

Free to attend, the informative two-hour workshop offered businesses and organizations in the region an opportunity to join a growing provincial network, and to connect with the increasing number of cycle tourists and local cyclists across Ontario.

register here- http://www.eventbrite.ca/event/3572538559?ref=ebtn

Owners, managers and/or staff of accommodations, campgrounds, cafes, restaurants, tourist attractions, and other cycling-related businesses were encouraged to attend to learn more about who cycle tourists are and what services and amenities will attract them to local businesses.

More visitors than ever are choosing to explore Ontario by bike. The Welcome Cyclists Network has already been active in such regions as Niagara and The Great Waterway. Now it is expanding to Haldimand and Norfolk Counties. Attending the workshop and becoming a part of the Network provided business owners with the knowledge and resources to better cater to this market.

This workshop was brought to you by Transportation Options, a non-profit organization, in partnership with the Waterfront Regeneration Trust and the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. The Ontario Trillium Foundation is a program funding partner. Haldimand County and Norfolk County were additional workshop partners.

For more information and a look at future workshop registrations, visit www.welcomecyclists.ca or call 1-866-333-4491.

QUICK FACTS

Welcome Cyclists Network currently has over 500 certified bicycle friendly participating locations in a growing number of regions across Ontario.

To date, a total of 710 attendees have registered for 25 workshops in Ontario.

The Network is now expanding to Haldimand and Norfolk Counties.

Cycling and cycle tourism are growing markets.

Exploring Ontario by bike is becoming an increasingly popular touring option for cycle tourists from Ontario, Quebec, US, and international origins.

The Network and workshops will help businesses attract more cyclists and tap into the growing market.

Welcome Cyclists workshops are free to attend.

ABOUT THE WELCOME CYCLISTS NETWORK

The Welcome Cyclists Network is a project of Transportation Options, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering sustainable mobility and tourism solutions across Ontario. For more information, visit www.transportationoptions.org. Other successful Transportation Options projects include the Bike Train Initiative and Parkbus. For more information, visit www.biketrain.ca and www.parkbus.ca.

The Network’s funding partners include:

Province of Ontario – Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport www.ontario.ca

Ontario Trillium Foundation www.trilliumfoundation.org

For a full list of partners, please visit our website: www.welcomecyclists.ca

For more information, contact:

 Louisa Mursell

Projects Director, Transportation Options

Phone: 416-392-1556

Cell: 416-823-0465 Toll-free: 1-866-333-4491

Email: lmursell@transportationoptions.org

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