Tobermory businesses and residents who have been overwhelmed by the increase in tourism in their small harbour town may be relieved to learn there will be a plan for the future.
Tourism officials on the Bruce Peninsula are developing a three-year Sustainable Tourism Management Action Plan.
The Regional Tourism Organization 7 (RTO7) says in the past several years, tourism in Northern Bruce Peninsula has grown much more quickly than in previous years.
They say the growth has strained the local community, environment, and economy.
RTO7 is partnering with the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula, Bruce County, Parks Canada and the Bruce Peninsula Environmental Group, to develop a strategy that will look to strike a balance between visitor growth and economic development while protecting the local community and nature.
The tourism organization has hired Twenty31 Consulting, one of Canada's leading tourism development firms to develop a comprehensive strategy over the next six months.
Consultant Alexis Kereluk says Twenty31 will start immediately with a presentation of how they'll go about their process at the Bruce Peninsula Environment Group (BPEG) public meeting on Oct 18th at 7pm in the Tobermory Community centre.
Within the next few months, Twenty31 Consulting will be reaching out to tourism stakeholders for their input. Kereluk says they'll conduct roughly 30 one-on-one interviews and there will also be a survey.
Information and updates will also be provided at http://www.rto7.ca/Public/Resources/Municipality-of-Northern-Bruce-Peninsula.
RTO7 officials expect the final Sustainable Tourism Action Plan to be ready in March 2018.