County holding tourism planning sessions next week

The United Counties building and Provincial Offences Act courthouse at 22 Pitt Street in Cornwall. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

SD&G – The United Counties will be holding a series of public meetings next week to get public input on tourism marketing for the region.

The sessions will be held Tuesday in Alexandria (Sandfield Center), Wednesday in Long Sault (South Stormont Community Hall) and Thursday in Winchester (Township of North Dundas office).

All meetings from June 14-16, 2016, start at 6:30 p.m. and will be an hour-and-a-half long.

In May, the county, believing it wasn’t getting enough bang for its buck, severed its $83,000 annual relationship with Cornwall and The Counties Tourism and decided to take its tourism marketing in-house.

The move has left the future of CCT in doubt after the end of this year.

The City of Cornwall pays around $160,000 for Cornwall and The Counties Tourism.

According to CCT, the tourism industry was a $221 million business in SD&G last year.