City of Kenora Launches 5 Year Economic Development and Tourism Strategy

Today, the City of Kenora launched its economic development and tourism strategic planning process. With financial support received from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, this project will define priority initiatives and activities for a five year period that can be implemented utilizing Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) revenues. In addition, the project will develop baseline information and outline a number of key indicators that can be used to evaluate and monitor progress in implementing the strategic plan.

To kick-off this project, the City of Kenora is seeking input through a short survey focusing on the opportunities and challenges faced by the local business community. The survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K9ZWJCM

All of the collected feedback is 100% confidential and the City appreciates candidness and honesty. The City of Kenora will use this data and information to track trends in the community to ensure tourism and economic development focused initiatives align with the real needs, challenges and opportunities in the community.

“We are excited to begin this planning process to identify economic development and tourism projects over the next five years,” said Adam Smith, Manager of Development Services. “The City encourages the business community to provide feedback through the survey and to participate in the development of this strategy.”

This project will also include public engagement sessions with key stakeholders focused on defining economic development and tourism priorities. If you are interested in learning more about how you can participate, please contact Megan Dokuchie, Economic Development Officer, at mdokuchie@kenora.ca.

About the Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT):
The City of Kenora approved the implementation of the MAT to be effected October 2018 and directed generated revenues to a reserve fund for tourism and economic development activities. This four percent tax is levied on short term accommodations within municipal limits. The City of Kenora provides the Kenora Hospitality Alliance, the
destination marketing organization in the community, the revenues that it would have previously collected through its destination marketing fee.

For more information on the economic development and tourism strategy, inquiries should be directed to:
Adam Smith
Manager of Development Services
807-467-2192
asmith@kenora.ca