Province supporting local tourism file photo of a sculpture at Windsor's Odette Sculpture Park.

Local tourism is getting a boost of over $500,000 from the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture.

The funds are meant to support one of the industries hardest hit by the global pandemic.

“As our government moves forward with reopening the province, we are proud to invest more than $532,000 to support initiatives in Windsor and the surrounding areas to promote our communities and put our tourism industry on a path to recovery,” said Minister Lisa MacLeod.

Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island will get $350,000 of the fund to help market the area.

“We thank Minister MacLeod for her ongoing support of Ontario’s tourism industry including such creative platforms as Ontario Live, where Windsor Essex can showcase themselves virtually,” said Gordon Orr, TWEPI CEO. “This will be the summer of the staycation, and we look forward to educating locals on all of the great assets in their own backyard. This will be made easier by the fact that these programs and funds are now available to match as we partner with stakeholders and our Regional Tourism Organization Ontario Southwest (RTO1).”

Ontario Live is a virtual hub just launched by the Ontario government that promotes Ontario artists, tourism operators, attractions and businesses.