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Love Kingston Marketplace launches for 2021 season

The City of Kingston and its partners, Tourism Kingston and the Downtown Kingston! Business Improvement Area (BIA), have announced the official launch of Love Kingston Marketplace (LKM) 2021 this spring. The reimagined LKM 2021 has expanded on last year’s plan to support local downtown businesses and hopes to hold outdoor

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Local love, local concerns as Tourism Kingston lights up downtown core

Chilly pedestrians walking along the streets of the downtown core over the past months have been warmed by the glow of neon hearts hanging in the windows of local businesses, but the initiative that brought these signs to the community has raised some questions even as it raises spirits. The

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COVID worries rise for Wolfe Islanders as tourist season approaches

With the typical tourist season approaching, a Wolfe Island business owner is hoping more can be done to curb the number of tourists visiting the Island heading into a second pandemic summer. “We have an unusually high number of at-risk individuals, meaning they’re older or health compromised,” Mike Bromley, owner

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Greater Napanee enters three-year marketing agreement with Bay of Quinte

During a Regular Greater Napanee Council meeting on Tuesday, March 23, council committed to a nearly $25,000 annual membership, for the next three years, that would increase tourism and residential attractions in the area. With the 2021 budget already set, council moved to allocate monies in order to adjust for

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City Council sits for first night of municipal budget deliberations

Kingston City Council held their first of three nights of budget deliberations on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. The evening began with a presentation from CAO Lanie Hurdle, in which she explained how City of Kingston staff have taken the impacts of COVID-19 into account in their proposed 2021 budget. “The

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KFL&A Public Health asking province to ease tour boat capacity limits

Kingston & the Islands Boatlines Ltd (KIBL) also known as Kingston Destination Group, has requested the support of Kingston Frontenac, Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health in an appeal to the Provincial government. They’re asking Ontario to loosen the COVID-19 capacity restrictions on their fleet of tour boats. Speaking at

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Opinion: As the 2020 KP Tour season closes, change is needed

Editorial note: The following is a submitted Op/Ed piece. The views and opinons expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. Kingston is a prison city and has been for almost two centuries, impacting prisoners, carceral officers, their families, and local communities. Yet, still absent in the tours at

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Wolfe Island’s Big Sandy Bay to remain closed for 2020

With the hotter weather driving many out to their favourite swimming spots, one of the most beloved beaches in the area will remain closed. Big Sandy Bay on Wolfe Island has not opened to the public this year as it normally would, and will not be opening for the remainder

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Fort Henry, Upper Canada Village, set to reopen

The St. Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC) has announced its historic sites, Fort Henry and Upper Canada Village will reopen Wednesday, Jul. 1, 2020. “We have truly missed welcoming guests,” said Geoff Waycik, Director of Historic Sites. “Our teams have been hard at work preparing the grounds and adjusting programming to

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Kingston economic and tourism sectors expecting tourists this summer

As Stage 2 of re-opening Ontario grants many of Kingston’s businesses and restaurants to open before some other regions of the province, tourism is expected to pick up momentum again, according to those in Kingston’s economic, accommodation and tourism sectors. Tourism is one of Kingston’s main drivers for the economy,

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How easy is it to find an Airbnb address?

With the upcoming by-law to license short-term stays, there’s been a lot of chatter about the topic online. Recently, the city even released a statement addressing some of the speculation about address-finding and explaining some of the rational behind the choice of a contract with a data-finding company. With both

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City addresses speculation about short-term rental data

The City of Kingston, which is currently in the process of creating a by-law to license and regulate short-term rentals, is responding to speculation and questions circulating about some of the data collection being proposed. The potential by-law is being addressed on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 at the Administrative Policies

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