Tourism Investment Dragons Event | Ontario East

Tourism Investment Dragons Event

Event Date: 
Thursday, October 5, 2023

In collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, EDCO is partnering on the “Meet the Tourism Investment Dragons” marketplace to be held on October 5, 2023, in Toronto.

The Dragons event is an opportunity for senior economic development officials from across Ontario to present market-ready, tourism-related investment land sites and business opportunities to interested developers, investors, and influencers in a speed dating format.

To help identify suitable investors, municipalities and government agencies must submit a summary of their investment cases in advance that identify land sites and business plans for new hotel development, retail, attractions, and mixed-use developments.    

The investors will be interested in seeing tourism-related commercial and mixed-use projects that could be developed on government or municipal land sites such as waterfront property, parking lots, agricultural and recreational land, parklands, vacant buildings, or historical assets in need of new investment. Some private sector properties zoned for commercial tourism or mixed-use may be considered. 

Demand to participate is expected to exceed scheduling capacity. Submitted investment cases will be reviewed on the following criteria:

  • Project need, viability, uniqueness, job creation
  •  Importance to community / region
  • Partnership support  
  •  Development constraints
  • Target market(s)
  • Competition  
  • Economic impact
  • Expected visitation
  • Financial feasibility
  • Timelines

Time with the investors is limited. Each municipality or agency can submit a maximum of two investment cases. Submitting your investment cases does not guarantee participation in the event. Only those submissions that demonstrate the best opportunities for success will be considered.

Please complete the attached investment opportunities template and send your investment opportunities to

If you wish to add graphics to your submission, please limit them to two per investment opportunity. 

Submission deadline is August 11, 5:00 p.m. EDT, 2023.

All opportunities will be reviewed and assessed, and you will be contacted in August 2023.

Additional information about the Dragons event will be released in September 2023.

For more information about the opportunities template, please contact:

Maximiliano Jimenez Armitage ( or James Lynn (



Event Location: 
Toronto , Ontario