Become a Member of Ontario's Sunset Country

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Why Your Business Should Become a Member of Ontario's Sunset Country

Do you own a tourism business in Northwestern Ontario? Are you a retailer or service business that caters to tourists? Does your company supply goods or services to businesses directly involved in tourism? If the answer to any of these questions is "yes" then you should consider joining Ontario's Sunset Country Travel Association!

Established as a grassroots-driven, non-profit tourism marketing organization in 1974, Ontario's Sunset Country has helped hundreds of thousands of tourists plan their vacations to our region over the last 43 years! The Association model is a perfect one for promoting tourism in the sparsely populated regions like Northwestern Ontario because it allows tourism businesses operating here to pool their marketing resources together through the Travel Association and effectively promote and position our region of North America as Canada's Premier Outdoor Destination - especially for fishing, hunting and outdoor adventure activities like canoeing or camping. 

As a member of Sunset Country, you are not only supporting the marketing and promotion of the region your business operates in, you are directly contributing to the collective effort of making our destination brand at the top of the consumer's mind when they think about traveling to Canada for an outdoor vacation. Ensuring our area is "out there" in front of consumers is really the first step in getting them to consider a trip. Once they are thinking about our area only then do you have a chance of getting them to your lodge, campground or in your store or restaurant. This is called Destination Marketing and it's what Sunset Country Travel Association does, 24/7/365.

Direct Benefits for Your Business

In addition to being a part of the regional marketing effort, the direct benefits to your business from being a member are an even stronger reason you should join the Travel Association. Some of the direct benefits to your business include:

  • Direct, "real-time" consumer inquiries received in your inbox through the Association's inquiry page
  • A significant increase in traffic to your website from our website at visitsunsetcountry.com
  • Full listing in the membership directory and dot(s) on our popular regional map showing your business location(s) in our 84-page Travel Guide
  • Opportunity to benefit from our large following on social media, for example, we manage several Facebook pages with over 200,000 followers and we share your posts there.
  • Distribution of your product brochures at our sports show booth in key target markets (5 shows in total)
  • Opportunity to place a print ad in our travel guide or a digital banner ad on our website.

This is certainly not an all-inclusive list of the benefits you receive from joining Sunset Country. Please see our Sunset Country 101 Guide that has a lot more detail on the benefits of being a member and info on how we market the area and your business.

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Membership Packages Available

Sunset Country offers a variety of Membership Packages depending on what type of business you have  e.g. accommodation, retailer, municipality, canoe outfitter etc. These packages vary in cost based on how much marketing support you're looking for. Below is a summary of the packages we offer:

Accommodations: Resorts, Lodges, Outposts, & Houseboats

PLATINUM LEVEL

For Platinum exclusively:

  • Prominent in our website listings

  • (Platinum members are shown above gold and standard level members in the listings)

  • One run-of-site banner ad on visitsunsetcountry.com

  • 1/4 page full-colour ad in our Travel Guide (upgrade available)

  • Additional 10 photos on your website profile

Additional benefits:

  • Listing in the Sunset Country Travel Guide which includes a photo, 30-word description, contact information as well as basic amenities

  • Location dot on regional travel map

  • Listing in Member Directory on back of map

  • Link to your website on visitsunsetcountry.com

  • A descriptive profile on our website with a photo, map, contact information, video, links to your website and social media sites

  • Distribution of your brochure at the sport shows

  • Consumer inquiry lists

  • Mention in our blog posts (if applicable) with links to your website or Facebook page

Membership fee:

Before July 31, 2017.............. $1950 + HST

After July 31, 2017................ $2145 + HST


GOLD LEVEL

  • Listing in the Sunset Country Travel Guide which includes a photo, 30-word description, contact information as well as basic amenities

  • Location dot on regional travel map

  • Listing in Member Directory on back of map

  • Link to your website on visitsunsetcountry.com

  • A descriptive profile on our website with a photo, map, contact information, video, links to your website and social media sites

  • Distribution of your brochure at the sport shows

  • Consumer inquiry lists

  • Mention in our blog posts (if applicable) with links to your website or Facebook page

  • Shown before the standard level members on the website listings

Membership fee:

Before July 31, 2017................$660 + HST

After July 31, 2017..................$726 + HST


Accommodations: Hotels/Motels/B&Bs, Campgrounds, & Canoe Outfitters

STANDARD LEVEL

  • Listing in the Sunset Country Travel Guide which includes a photo, 30-word description, contact information as well as basic amenities

  • Location dot on regional travel map

  • Listing in Member Directory on back of map

  • Link to your website on visitsunsetcountry.com

  • A descriptive profile on our website with a photo, map, contact information, video, links to your website and social media sites

  • Distribution of your brochure at the sport shows

  • Mention in our blog posts (if applicable) with links to your website or Facebook page

Please note that this new level is only for hotels/motels/B&Bs, stand-alone campgrounds (no cabins) or canoe outfitters. If you have a lodge with a campground adjacent to the lodge, you do not need to buy a second membership as it will be included in your platinum or gold membership. There are no consumer inquiries included in the Standard level. If you would like the inquiries you must purchase Gold or Platinum. If you are a lodge, outpost or houseboat operator, you must buy the Platinum or Gold level.

Membership fee:

Before July 31, 2016......... $355.50 + HST

After July 31, 2016.................$395 + HST

*Need help deciding on the package that is right for you? Call us toll-free at 1-800-665-7567 or email [email protected]. If you own more than one lodge or business, call us about discounts for your additional businesses.


Retail & Service Businesses

Includes: Retailers, restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores, professional services, marinas, bait and tackle shops, boat dealers, car dealers, etc

STANDARD RETAIL/SERVICE LEVEL

  • Listing in the Sunset Country Travel Guide which includes a photo, 30-word description, contact information as well as basic amenities

  • Listing on the regional travel map

  • Link to your website on visitsunsetcountry.com

  • A descriptive profile on our website with a photo, map, contact information, links to your website and social media sites

  • Distribution of your brochure at the sport shows

  • Promoted on our social media pages such as facebook.com/ShopSunsetCountry

  • Mention in our blog posts (if applicable) with links to your website or Facebook page podcasts

Membership fee:

Before July 31, 2017.................$225 + HST

After July 31, 2017................... $250 + HST


ALLIED RETAIL /SERVICE LEVEL

  • 1/4 page ad in our printed summer newsletter and 3 ads in the local eNewsletters throughout the year. These newsletters are targeted to local businesses

  • Listing in the Sunset Country Travel Guide which includes a photo, 30-word description, contact information as well as basic amenities

  • Listing on the regional travel map

  • Link to your website on visitsunsetcountry.com

  • A descriptive profile on our website with a photo, map, contact information, links to your website and social media sites

  • Distribution of your brochure at the sport shows

  • Promoted on our social media pages such as facebook.com/ShopSunsetCountry

  • Mention in our blog posts (if applicable) with links to

  • your website or Facebook page

Membership fee:

Before July 31, 2017................$775 + HST

After July 31, 2017............. $852.50 + HST

 

Local Tourist Organization Level

  • Listing in the Sunset Country Travel Guide which includes a photo, 30-word description, contact information as well as basic amenities

  • Listing on the regional travel map

  • Travel Information Centres are listed on the new foldout map

  • Link to your website on visitsunsetcountry.com

  • A profile on our website with a photo, location map, contact information, a video, links to your website and social media sites as well as information about your amenities

  • Consumer inquiry lists

  • Distribution of your brochure at the sport shows

  • Promoted on our social media pages

  • Mention in our blog posts (if applicable) with links to your website or Facebook page

  • Major reference to your community and your organization on our website and in our blog posts

  • Community events on facebook.com/sunsetcountryevents and on our events calendar

  • A Student Travel Counsellor for your local Travel Information Centre (dependent on funding approval)

Membership fee:

Before July 31, 2017................$550 + HST

After July 31, 2017...................$605 + HST

 

Yes, I Want to Join Sunset Country - How  Do I Proceed?

It's easy to join! below are links to some downloadable PDF files. Print these off, fill them in and send them to us with your payment - it's that easy!

Sunset Country Membership Remittance Form

Sunset Country Membership Portfolio (Roofed Accommodation Businesses)

Sunset Country Membership Portfolio (Retail/Service Businesses)

Need more info before deciding? Open the PDF below to learn more about our Membership Packages.

Sunset Country 101 (Our guide explaining why you should become a Member)

 

Questions? Call the Sunset Country Office at 1-800-665-7567 or email [email protected]