Annual Surveys Highlight Business and Visitor Insights

Posted On Monday March 02, 2020

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

March 2, 2020

 

Annual Surveys Highlight Business and Visitor Insights

 

Gravenhurst, ON - The Town of Gravenhurst has released its Annual Business Review and the Gravenhurst Visitor Experience Reports.

The Annual Business Review allows the municipality to engage the business community by obtaining feedback on successes and challenges.  The outreach program also allows the economic development team to build and strengthen communication and relationships while gathering and updating vital local statistics related to employment and business growth and expansion. This information is also important data used by community stakeholders and for investment attraction efforts. 

2019 Annual Business Review Survey insights include:

•           309 report responses received;

•           Net increase of 86 permanent positions;

•           315 new jobs have been created in the last 4 years;

•           108 businesses intend to hire in 2020 which accounts for 268 potential positions.

The Visitor Information Collection Program is a comprehensive survey deployed over multiple years, for the purpose of gathering Gravenhurst specific visitor demographics and trends. This data establishes baselines which had not been previously gathered and are intended to identify trends and opportunities to grow and support our local and regional tourism economy.

2019 Gravenhurst Visitor Experience Report insights include:

•           1,534 valid survey responses;

•           Responses accounted for 5,323 visitors to Gravenhurst;

•           25% of visits occurred during the “Off-Season” between Nov 1 – Apr 30;

•           41% of respondents are returning annually;

•           2019 saw a decrease of $362.50 in spending per visit over 2018.

“Over the past several years these initiatives have provided the Town the opportunity to strategically plan for changes and future growth in our community including the Wharf Revitalization and Tourism Destination Plans which are currently in development. We hope that both organizations and businesses in Gravenhurst will use this information to help set goals and understand needs,” said Jeff Loney, Manager of Economic Development. 

For more information on these report, plans or support and programs for local businesses offered by the municipality, please visit www.gravenhurst.ca/DoingBusiness or contact us at 705-687- 3412 x 280.

 

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For further information, please contact:

 

Jeff Loney,

Manager Economic Development

Jeff.Loney@gravenhurst.ca 

705-687-3412 Ext. 280