KEDCO Update: Week Ending August 17, 2013

Published on: 2013/08/17 - in Releases

HIGHLIGHTS OF RECENT PROGRESS & ACTIVITIES

Business Development

Carey Bidtnes, Labour Market and Human Resources Specialist and Meagan Morrison, Human Resources Assistant will attend the Newcomers Canada Fair in Toronto on September 7-8.

The Newcomers Fair provides information to newly landed or settled immigrants that is crucial to successfully living, working, studying and settling successfully in Canada. The fair also connects immigrants, foreign workers and international students with providers of employment, education, immigration and settlement services in Canada. Bidtnes will be promoting local employers, the benefits of living and working in Kingston and www.kingstonishiring.com, KEDCO’s talent recruitment and applicant tracking system that showcases the career opportunities available in the community.

Tourism Kingston

Rob Carnegie, Director of Tourism Marketing and Development was in Toronto on August 12 to meet with Ronald Holgerson, President of the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC) and other senior staff to discuss opportunities for international sales missions to China and the USA.

There were 288,000 arrivals to Canada from mainland China in 2012 and Ontario received 41 per cent of those visits. The OTMPC will be leading sales missions to China in October 2013 and shortly after into the USA. Further to the meetings at OTMPC, Carnegie and members of the Kingston Accomodation Partners (KAP) met with four Chinese tour operators in Toronto to see how Kingston can better position itself to be the recipient of more international travellers in the next 3-5 years in the group travel, foreign independent travel, education tour and corporate and incentive travel markets.

Tourism Kingston is proud to sponsor CORK’s line-up of 2013 events taking place in August and September.

These events include the Laser North American Championships, International Regatta and International Optimist Regatta, Olympic Classes Regatta, One-Design Regatta and Fall Regatta. CORK is the largest annual sailing event in Canada and regularly includes World, North American and Canadian Championships. The event includes youth, development, elite and recreational participants for both able-bodied and adapted sailing. Each year, events draw approximately 2,500 participants to Kingston including sailors, coaches and officials from eight countries, thirteen states and eight provinces over 25 days of competition.

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Release source: Kingston Economic Development Corporation