Ignite: Community-based Experiential Tourism Retreats

Seed Tourism Industry Excellence and Growth in your Region’s Visitor Economy

 

Do you know what makes your region special? Do your tourism industry stakeholders share that vision?  Successful rural destinations deliver memorable experiences that focus beyond what the visitor can see and do by harnessing the unique assets of the community in its people, culture, and regional identity.

Does your community share a vision of excellence and collaborate to deliver extra-ordinary experiences? Bring your visitor economy stakeholders together in harmony, celebrating the unique skills talents and abilities of each individual, each organization, and work with your tourism industry allies to achieve extra-ordinary things that no-one can compete with. The Edge is a cauldron of creativity where new ideas about tourism can be explored, new partnerships formed and new experiences are created and brought to market.  Your community may come together as strangers, but they will leave as allies!

Is your tourism community engaging the right people? Who are your tourism economy allies? Successful rural tourism communities expand the traditional vision of tourism stakeholders of hotels, restaurants, attractions and events to include all the people who contribute to visitor experiences.  Learn how to engage your community:  farmers, musicians, chefs, artists and artisans, guides, naturalists, magicians, yoga teachers, product manufacturers, craft food and beverage producers, foresters, fishermen, athletes and make use of under-utilized community assets to tell your story.  Do banks, real estate agents, lawyers, gas stations, grocery stores realize how important your tourism economy is to their sustainability?

Are you making the best use of your community assets?  What sets your community apart? Are you missing out on opportunities because you don’t share a complete community resource inventory of parks, waterways, places of worship, sports and recreation facilities, trails, festivals and events, museums and cultural heritage sites.  Learn how to make use of your under-utilized community assets.

“Ignite Kawarthas Northumberland was a unique mosaic of experiences that invited each of us to consider what’s possible within our own offerings when you pull together like-minded hearts and souls who appreciate a great story meant to be shared with others.” Jennifer Garland, The Mane Intent Inc.

“The experiential activities and reflective exercises that were a part of the Ignite Kawarthas Northumberland program were among the most well-planned and most effectively delivered teachings that I have had the privilege of participating in. Todd and his staff at Northern Edge Algonquin are not only gracious hosts of the highest caliber, they are truly experts in their field who are able to inspire deeper thinking and creative responses that will help me to build experiential tourism outcomes in our community.” Debra Soule, Economic Development Officer – Arts, Culture and Heritage, City of Kawartha Lakes.

Is your community joyful, proud, inspired?

IGNITE

IGNITE is a one-of-a-kind product development opportunity designed for rural communities that want to create new and enhanced experiential tourism products. IGNITE combines elements of a best practice mission, community development and experiential travel training for community clusters of rural tourism operators. IGNITE Retreats are personalized to meet the needs of rural tourism operators that want to increase the appeal of their destination.

Participants are introduced to operators and experience providers in the Explorers’ Edge region of Ontario (RTO 12) who are raising the bar and demonstrating excellence in experiential tourism. They visit with some of our region’s outstanding partners, eco-tourism and culinary allies and take part in experiences at a variety of built and natural community stages for tourism experiences. Our private unplugged learning experience offer behind the scenes views of how experiences have been designed and delivered at Northern Edge Algonquin for more that two decades with community partners. Targeted for specific markets, we have relationships with over 20 partners who infuse experiences with local flavours at mealtime and beyond – inspiring and empowering attendees to do the same.

The IGNITE program provides guidance, support and encouragement with inspiring new experiences and workshop elements to seed the development of new and enhanced tourism experiences.

Like the Jack Pine cone that only releases it’s seeds after a fire, tourism industry excellence is achieved when rural communities IGNITE with their allies to break through the shell of indifference to inspire sharing your community’s seeds of wisdom, talent and energy to achieve the extra-ordinary.

Could you rural community benefit from:

  • A spirit of trust, a willingness to collaborate, and evolve together, making social connections in a private unplugged setting with other operators in your region;
  • Experiencing best practices with engaging with experience providers at built and natural community stages;
  • Committing to new projects to enhance or create new tourism experiences; IGNITE participants get hands on practice developing experiences using templates, tools, checklists, and interviews with experience providers to create new experiences. They leave, not only inspired, but empowered to commit to an experiential tourism project they will complete in their community. Whether expanding or enhancing an existing project or working with partners to create something new, IGNITE is about doing tourism differently and sharing the benefits of innovation.
  • Follow-up forum conference calls to seed a commitment to continuous improvement and help program participants move new and enhanced tourism experiences from idea to action.

Ignite New Initiatives by:

What we do:

“With gratitude, curiosity and a desire for continual enhancement we build trusting relationships to deliver extra-ordinary experiences & tourism packages to grow the visitor economy in rural communities.”

“Seeing the sights is no longer enough. Experiential travelers want to venture beyond the beaten tourist paths and dive deeper into authentic local culture, connecting with people from other cultures in deep and meaningful ways, the arts, architecture and music, cooking and food, sports, adventure and nature, language, history, economics and literature, philanthropy and a desire to “give back.”

Joe Diaz (2009) Co‐founder, Afar Magazine.

Contact us at 888 383 8320 ext 2 or [email protected] to request a proposal package.

Bring your visitor economy stakeholders together in harmony, celebrating the unique skills talents and abilities of each individual, each organization, and work with your tourism industry allies to achieve extra-ordinary things that no-one can compete with.

Participants are introduced to operators and experience providers in the Explorers’ Edge region of Ontario (RTO 12) who are raising the bar and demonstrating excellence in experiential tourism. They visit with some of our region’s outstanding partners, eco-tourism and culinary allies and take part in experiences at a variety of built and natural community stages for tourism experiences. Our private unplugged learning experience offer behind the scenes views of how experiences have been designed and delivered at Northern Edge Algonquin for more that two decades with community partners. Targeted for specific markets, we have relationships with 20 partners who infuse experiences with local flavours at mealtime and beyond – inspiring and empowering attendees to do the same.