Highlanders, stakeholders… lend county your ears!

Long anticipated tourism meeting goes May 7

By Terrance Gavan – Highland News.ca

Well, the gloves are off… or will be come May 7.

That’s the date set for the Tourism Town Hall meeting, where stakeholders and County Haliburton get to bang heads and come up with some strategies and ideas to increase tourism in the Haliburton Highlands.

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Tourism in the Highlands. More than summer? We'll see come May 7 at the Haliburton Legion. File Photo/CottageImages.ca

Ironically, this meeting is slated just in time for the first flutter of cottagers coming back to second homes, preparing for a summer of fun, frolic and spending. May begins and stakeholders hold their breaths and exhale at the same time.

The exhale is more of a phew of relief that they made it through another sad shoulder – yes the shoulder season in Haliburton County spans from October to May, give or take.

The held breath? Well that’s because a summer of rain, cool temperatures and yes, even late onset blackflies can wreak fiscal havoc on all of those cosy bottom line predictions that stakeholders make and dream about during silent winter nights.

The last time they held one of these town hall meetings about 140 people showed up – on short notice.

This little shindig slated for the Haliburton Legion – from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm – promises to draw about the same number of people.

A good friend of Haliburton News.ca, Jim Blake, is tasked with getting the parties involved. He’s organizing the fete, which is touted as an opportunity for stakeholders to provide input to the county regarding a tourism master plan.

Blake is getting $5,000 to put the meeting together and his hope is to enlighten stakeholders, elected representatives and plain old residents about benefits involved in an encompassing discussion about the development of a master plan.

Good luck on this Jimbo. Oh and if you need a tourism meeting website up in a hurry?

I know a guy at Dead Dogan who can put up a site in 24 hours – give or take. He’s at 705-878-6371. I think.

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