Regional tourism groups gets funding boost

The Regional Tourism Organization 4 recently announced funding for 75 tourism businesses and organizations in Guelph, Wellington County, Waterloo Region, Perth County and Huron County.

RTO4 received $5 million from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario as part of the federal government’s Tourism Relief Fund, to help local tourism organizations and businesses recover from the impacts of the pandemic and prepare for growth.

The region received nearly $800,000 from RTO4 to support 16 area businesses and organizations to help them adapt and recover, attract new visitors and drive economic growth in the region.
Some recipients for supported projects include the City of Guelph, the Township of Mapleton, Wellington County, the Fergus BIA and the Fergus Scottish Festival.

George Bridge, Wellington County Economic Development Committee Chair, said, “For the County of Wellington, the funding allows us to advance a tourism strategy, which will help us strengthen our tourism brand and offerings.”

OPP warns of scams running locally

South Bruce and Dufferin OPP detachments are sending out fraud warnings after a significant amount of money has been lost by residents recently.
In South Bruce, scams commonly known as the “Bitcoin” and “Romance” scam have been reported in the past six weeks, with combined losses over half a million dollars. Dufferin County has seen an uptick in reports of the ‘grandparent’ scam.
Both departments are offering tips to help residents avoid becoming a victim.
Never share personal information when chatting online. This includes emails, texts, and social media sites.
Question unsolicited “Crypto stock trading” offers. Thoroughly research online trading and the company/broker before you consider any investment.
Ask yourself, “Would someone I have never met declare their love after a few online chats?” Think of a request for money as a red flag.
In a typical grandparent scam, victims receive a frantic phone call from someone claiming to be a loved one. The caller will explain they are in some sort of emergency situation, needing money right away. The scammer will often insist the victim does not tell anyone. The call could also involve someone claiming to be an official.
To avoid becoming a victim, check with another family member or trusted friend to verify the information.
The OPP is continuing to investigate all cases.
Anyone interested in more information on fraud can call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or check online at antifraudcentre.ca.