2023 Visitor Guide Released & April Staycation Expo

Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island has released their 2023/2024 Official Visitor Guide, an unofficial kick-off to the return of the tourism season in Windsor Essex.

The guide will be distributed locally and through digital campaigns across Ontario as a major marketing lure to bring visitors to our region.

“More than ever it is important to stand out in the competitive tourism industry, and this year’s Official Visitor Guide does that,” states Gordon Orr, CEO of Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island. “The bright and colourful cover will pop on display racks, and invites users to read more about the unique experiences and attractions in Windsor, Essex County and Pelee Island. This week is deemed #TourismWeekCanada2023 by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada and there is no more appropriate way to launch the guide, than during a week that highlights the importance of tourism as an industry. Visitors are looking to make trip planning easy, and this year’s guide does that by profiling experiences, highlighting easy-to-download itineraries, and featuring 260+ businesses and attractions to consider visiting this year.”

This year’s cover highlights dahlia flower picking at Colour Pop Florals in LaSalle, one of the many buyable experiences highlighted throughout the guide. In addition, this guide also features extensive day trip itineraries throughout to inspire further visits, in addition to the diverse and well-rounded photography from throughout the region.

Tourism Windsor Essex, in partnership with Devonshire Mall, also opened the Staycation Expo, an event that encourages local residents to explore the great things to see and do in their own backyard. The Staycation Expo, running April 28 and 29, 2023 will focus on helping local residents explore their own backyard by planning a Staycation featuring 40+ exhibitors profiling key attractions, tour options, wineries, craft breweries, summer festivals and more exhibiting inside Devonshire Mall.

You can stop by the displays located in front of Hudson’s Bay inside Devonshire Mall during regular mall hours Friday between 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“We are grateful to Devonshire Mall for continuing their partnership on the Staycation Expo to help profile the unique experiences across the region,” Orr adds. “This continued partnership is a win-win for Tourism Windsor Essex and for our stakeholders by affording a captive audience but also educating locals on the region. Visiting friends and family is the top visit segment to Windsor Essex and getting the opportunity to reach locals continues to be an important facet to our marketing.”

“The Staycation Expo continues to be a unique collaboration that we look forward to each year at Devonshire Mall, allowing the diverse and memorable attractions and businesses in the region another facet to reach their audiences,” says Chris Savard, General Manager of Devonshire Mall. “As the busiest building in the region we view this partnership as a true win-win for our tenants, customers, and the entire tourism industry.”

Visitors will also have the opportunity to engage with partners at the Staycation Expo with the Staycation Passport, an incentive program designed to help visitors explore all the stops at the Staycation Expo. Visitors can pick up a passport as they enter the Expo and get it stamped at 10 different exhibitors displayed at Devonshire Mall for the chance to win a $500 Devonshire Mall gift card. More details are available at visitwindsoressex.com.

Locals are encouraged to visit the Staycation Expo this weekend to pick up their own copy of the 2023/2024 Official Visitor Guide, or to view a digital version of the 2023/2024 Official Visitor Guide by clicking here.

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