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2024 Tourism Investment Fund

Host Your Event, Conference, Festival or Meeting in Burlington!

Tourism Burlington is committed to supporting and growing the economic and social benefits generated by hosting events in the community. The Tourism Investment Fund provides direct assistance to organizations to host premium events in Burlington that drive overnight stays.

Cash and In-kind Sponsorships

Tourism supports organizations through cash and/or in-kind sponsorships. Cash will be limited to an amount to help organizers leverage additional sponsorships from other funders. Funds are not meant to generate revenue for the applicant nor be the total of all funding.

In-kind promotion to the community, partners and potential attendees may occur through any of the following: inclusion in enewsletters, listing on our website, promotion through social media, and advocacy and guidance from Tourism staff on how to navigate City of Burlington permitting processes as required. Tourism does not organize or co-organize any events directly.

Applications Accepted Year-round

Organizations are encouraged to apply for grants throughout the year. Burlington is a four-season community and Tourism Burlington wants it to be vibrant year-round. It will prioritize applications that activate during off-peak seasons, like Winter, and preferably support mid-week hotel stays.

Eligible Applicants

Both non-profit and for-profit organizations are eligible to apply. Events must generate a minimum of 20 hotel night stays in Burlington-based hotels.

Eligible Events

  • Regional, provincial, national or international tournaments or events
  • Conferences, symposiums, AGMs etc. – as long as they are more than one day

Questions?

To ask for clarification or assistance with the Tourism Investment Fund and its documents, contact Natasha Piroutz, Manager, Destination Development, at natasha.piroutz@burlington.ca or 365-999-6411.

Media Releases

Current Release – March 19, 2024

Tourism Burlington To Merge With Burlington Economic Development By End Of The Year To Support The Growth Of Burlington’s Tourism Economy

This morning, Burlington City Council voted unanimously to pass a motion that will see Tourism Burlington merge into Burlington Economic Development by the end of the year.  

In September 2023, both organizations signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) which set out a framework to discuss opportunities to align on several key business areas including strategic planning, service delivery, and joint marketing and communications. As independently incorporated boards, the City of Burlington does not have the authority to dissolve either organization.  A merger must be led by and mutually agreed upon by the Boards of both organizations. The motion passed at Council serves to endorse the decision to merge as well as provide support on accelerating the work to create a joint strategy that supports the growth of Burlington’s tourism economy.  

“The decision to merge Tourism Burlington into Burlington Economic Development marks a pivotal moment for Burlington as we move toward a much more unified and coordinated approach to driving economic growth in our community,” said Ron Laidman, Chair of the Board of Directors at Burlington Economic Development. “Tourism is a significant economic driver, and by merging the two organizations under a single mandate we will be able to create synergies, streamline efforts, and foster innovation that drives sustainable development and enhances the overall Burlington experience for businesses, visitors and residents alike.”  

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