Introducing the Dryden Trailblazer Tourism Association

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Dryden Trailblazer Tourism Association

The Dryden Trailblazer Tourism Association (DTTA) is a newly formed committee operating under direction from the Dryden District Chamber of Commerce (DDCC).

Greg Waites, Chair of the DTTA and Director on the DDCC, says, “We have been tasked with distributing a set percentage of Dryden’s Municipal Accommodation Tax proceeds. The 4% tax is collected from local hotel accommodators by the City and 50% is allocated to the DTTA. The committee consists of representatives from the Dryden District Chamber of Commerce, local hoteliers, citizens of Dryden, City Council and the City of Dryden.”

Mike Readman, a member of the DTTA and General Manager of the Dryden Best Western, says, “Our mandate through this committee is to use Municipal Accommodation Tax proceeds to advance the City of Dryden as a tourist destination by supporting and promoting local events, initiatives and infrastructure that bring people to the City.”

Currently, the members are meeting regularly to put together a robust and thorough plan for how they intend to allocate the funds. Early plans include the launch of the Dryden Trailblazer app, which will be available free on iOS and Android devices. The new app will be a one-stop source of information for both locals and visitors on all that the City of Dryden has to offer for dining, hiking, sightseeing, shopping and entertainment, and it utilizes a points-based reward system to incentivize shopping at local businesses.

Readman goes on to say, “We are excited about the development of this committee and the framework that we are putting in place to promote the City of Dryden as a tourism destination in Northwestern Ontario. We feel that our community has plenty to offer – definitely a lot more than what meets the eye.” The DTTA is planning to accept community applications starting in early 2022. Applications may be submitted based on the three areas outlined in the mandate: Events, Initiatives, and Infrastructure.

Contacts:

Mike Readman, DTTA Media Contact
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Greg Waites, DTTA Chair
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