Haliburton, Ontario (PRWEB) August 30, 2012
The Haliburton Tourism Directory of Ontario resorts, lodges, B&B’s has shown remarkable increases in unique visitors this summer season. “Our hits are up 50% July 2011 comparison to July 2012, and we believe that the hot weather this season is driving part of this,” reports Mark Coles, owner of http://haliburton-tourism.com/ and search engine marketing company First Page SEO http://www.first-page-seo.com. “Most of our resort clients are reporting that are sales up over last year in the 10% to 20% increase range. This is especially true of the cottage resorts which seem to be favored right now over the full service American plan suite resorts. However, even with these optimistic increases, we are not out of the woods yet. Most resorts do not run 100% full summer occupancy as they did prerecession. Many accommodation properties have resorted to renting part weeks of the summer instead of full weeks, as in previous years, to partially fill surplus inventory,” reports Coles.
The Haliburton Tourism Directory has steadily risen in popularity over the years, and the accommodation and event directory now is currently second page on Google for “Ontario resorts”. “Our site placement is also a contributing factor in the unique visitor onsite traffic increase... and, without a doubt, the website is pulling more visitors in the central Ontario Haliburton Highlands tourist district. We have always been the top placing web based resource for Haliburton resorts and accommodations but now we are also leveraging the wider Ontario vacation market,” says Coles.
“Things are also looking up provincially for many resort properties, but the industry could certainly benefit from increased Provincial promotion of the Ontario brand and Federal promotion of the visit Canada destination marketing. Recently, Ontario government spending has been cut back and, in some cases, marketing has been pushed to non- government ad hock agencies that simply don’t have the budgets to be effective with destination advertising. Tourism is a clean industry and provides revenue dispersal through all levels of the economy. We have the product, but we need the means for increased destination marketing,” claims Coles.
Over the last ten years the internet has been the principle means of attracting tourists to book at Ontario vacation properties with over 80% of all stays resulting from search on the web.
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About Haliburton Tourism: Haliburton Tourism is a directory dedicated to showcasing the hospitality accommodations of the Haliburton area. It showcases different accommodation types, and as well area attractions and news, anything pertaining to the Haliburton tourism industry. Haliburton Tourism caters not only to people outside of the county looking to come in, but also offers services for people of the county. All major events are posted on the site, keeping tourists in the know about the area. Haliburton Tourism also offers people the chance to see more of the community, and learn about all of the trails and wildlife that can be found within the county. For the site visitors who are looking for places to stay in Haliburton, whether coming to visit on holidays or just needing a place to stay on a pass through, Haliburton Tourism has a fully indexed complete listing of all major resorts, inns, lodges and B&B in the area. For more information or to advertise on Haliburton Tourism online directory, call 705 286-3656 or visit http://haliburton-tourism.com/