Sudbury Tourism


Sudbury Tourism Partnership Newsletter


January 2015

The tourism brand and tagline Scenic Sights.  Urban Delights. is a sub-brand of the GSDC brand and tagline Canada's Resourceful City. It is now available for you, our partners, to add to your own sites with a reciprocal link to Simply email us at  with "Tourism Brand" in the subject line.

If you have newsworthy items you would like us to include in future editions of our newsletter, please let us know at with "Newsletter" in the subject line.

Have information or updates to share with the Tourism Partnership?


If you have newsworthy items you would like us to share with the partners in a future edition of our monthly newsletter, email us at by Friday, February 5th and reference "Newsletter" in the subject line.  



Upcoming Events in Sudbury

Check out the Event Calendar at

  • Theatre Cambrian presents:  The Sound of Music, January 3rd to 23rd
  • Banff Mountain Film Festival, January 22nd
  • Pipe Band Celebrates Robbie Burns, January 23rd
  • Sudbury Theatre Centre presents:  Blind Date, February 4th to 14th

Remember to submit your events online here.


Key Industry Statistics


Occupancy Rates

According to the PKF National Market Report on Trends in the Canadian Hotel Industry, the total number of hotel rooms for Sudbury is 1,606 rooms. The latest occupancy rates for Greater Sudbury hotels and Ontario rates by comparison are:


  Occupancy Occupancy
Year Over Year
Point Change
Sudbury - Nov. – 2015 71.8% +0.6 $118.50 $ 85.05
Sudbury - Nov. – 2014 71.2%   $111.89 $ 79.64
Ontario - Nov. – 2015 62.8% +1.2 $134.61 $ 84.47
Ontario - Nov. – 2014 61.5%   $129.64 $ 79.79





GSDC Dashboard


For further statistical information and summary updates on the five economic development engines, check out the latest edition of the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation (GSDC) Dashboard always available here.

Gated Admissions

Below are the latest available gated admissions for Science North and Dynamic Earth:

NOTE:  If you have your own attendance numbers to share, please send them to with "Gated Admissions" in the subject line.


Industry & Destination Development


In partnership with Laurentian University and the Northern Policy Institute, Economic Development co-sponsored the Goring Lecture Series event featuring guest speaker Justin Ferbey, President and CEO of the Yukon Development Corporation, which took place on Thursday, January 7th at Laurentian. Recognized as 2013 Innovator of the Year by the Yukon's Tourism Industry Association, Mr. Ferbey joined northern Ontario tourism stakeholders to share his experiences developing sustainable Aboriginal tourism products in the northwest, and to discuss how this learning may be applied in our region. 
Click here for the Northern Life follow up article.



Meetings, Conventions & Sport Tourism


Tourism staff travelled to Toronto on December 9th to take part in an information session held by the Canada Games Council for communities interested in hosting the 2021 Canada Summer Games in Ontario. The session provided preliminary information on the Official Bid Launch, anticipated early in 2016. Staff have begun exploring the financial and logistical requirements of the multi-sport event.




Arts & Culture


Film Industry


The mystery novel Forty Words for Sorrow by northern-Ontario based author Giles Blunt will be the basis of a new six-part drama on CTV entitled The John Cardinal Series, which is filming in Sudbury from February to March. Staff are working to coordinate location scouting for various locations across the city.


As per Council’s approval in the fall, a new film by-law will come into effect on February 1st to streamline the film permitting process. It includes expedited turnaround times for permit applications and standardized conditions regarding notification and use of municipal property.





Arts & Culture Grant Progam


The Arts & Culture Grant Program is expected to open intake for 2016 applications late January. The online application portal will include both French and English versions. Five grant information sessions will take place in February, which will be mandatory for new applicants and strongly encouraged for returning applicants.



Staff are working to confirm members of the Arts & Culture Grant juries. Four additional community members will be recruited once GSDC Board member representation is determined.


Stay tuned for updates at



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Already selling packages with us?  Don't forget to review and update your information on our package system!