The Global Tourism Film Festival takes place April 27 to 30, 2023 in North Bay, Ont., with a program of tourism related films, workshops, and seminars. Film categories comprise Feature Films, Documentaries, Short Films and Tourism Commercials that compete for the prestigious Global Cine Awards, and include films from North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Middle East, Central and South America.

GTFF has a mandate to present a multi-activity slate of film and events which have the power to raise awareness and celebrate destination diversity, for inspired travel. Seminar partners include Tourism Boards and Ministries from Canada, Jamaica, Bahamas, Australia, Korea, Japan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Bhutan, Tanzania, Sudan, Colombia, and Jordan, among others to be announced.

Seminars allow travel professionals to discover the unique cultural and historic attributes on participating destinations, as well gain expert insight on how to successfully market the destinations. Attendees may also receive updates and announcements of important future tourism developments from select seminars. With the Festival being held in Canada this year, there will be a spotlight on Ontario with participation of the Tourism Authorities of Destination Ontario, Destination Northern Ontario, and Northeastern Ontario Tourism. Beyond the bucket-list highlights like Niagara Falls, Ottawa, and Toronto, there will an introduction to new experiences of natural beauty from the Northern region.

A key presentation is delivered by Tourism North Bay; with the city promoted as the ‘Gateway to the North’. An indigenous programming segment includes a live Indigenous ceremony, a seminar on global indigenous tourism, and a screening of the multi award winning and acclaimed feature, ‘Monkey Beach’ by visionary Canadian filmmaker Loretta Sarah Todd.

Participation at GTFF 2023 seminars and workshops are free of charge for travel industry professionals. Attendees for GTFF 2023 can reserve accommodations at special rates with the Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott North Bay and book flights to the city with Air Canada, both event partners, through Global Tourism Film Festival, subject to space availability.


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Bryen Dunn is a freelance journalist based in Toronto with a focus on tourism, lifestyle, entertainment and community issues. He has written several travel articles and has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. He’s willing to take on any assignments of interest, attend parties with free booze, listen to rants, and travel the world in search of the great unknown. He’s eager to discover the new, remember the past, and look into the future.