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In April 1972, Ontario’s Department of Tourism and Information merged with the Department of Trade and Development to form the Ministry of Industry and Tourism. One of the goals of this department was to promote Ontario as a destination for tourism and vacationing. Many local Canadians would vacation outside of the area during their time off, which led to money being spent outside of the area and thus not decreasing the travel deficit at the desired rate. At the time, efforts were made to encourage spending including new hotels, theme parks, and a convention center. While it was technically less expensive to vacation in Ontario than in America because of the worth of the Canadian dollar, the weak Canadian dollar also made broad advertising more difficult with many going the route of promotional wearables including buttons, both in English and French.
Ministry of heritage, sport, tourism and culture industries (Ontario). (2020, June). Retrieved June 17, 2020 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ministry_of_Heritage,_Sport,_Tourism_and_C...(Ontario)
Ontario pushes hard to encourage its holidaying citizens to 'stay home'. (1981). The Christian Science Monitor, January 20, 1981.