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Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island Wins Award

Friday February 13th, 2015, 1:51pm


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Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island was presented with the Regionalism and Cross-Border Collaboration Marketing Award at Thursday night’s President’s Dinner at the Economic Developers Council of Ontario’s 58th Annual Conference and Showcase.

MotorCities National Heritage Area, the Henry Ford Heritage Association, the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island collaboratively worked together on launching the Henry Ford Driving & Audio Tours as part of Henry Ford’s 150th birthday celebration.

Spanning three years from 2013-2015, this celebration focuses on the unique contributions and the legacy automotive industry titan, Henry Ford, had on both sides of the border.

The behind-the-wheel journey provides visitors with insights into “The Life and Times of Henry” through Metro Detroit, Michigan and “The Birthplace of the Canadian Automobile” in Windsor Essex, Ontario. Visitors are able to explore the accomplishments of Henry Ford from his humble beginnings to his grand experiments and his resting place. The tour celebrates his legacy and provides context to automotive enthusiasts and historians alike. While visiting each site, one can experience an enhanced educational and interactive tour, powered by OnCell, providing an easily-accessible audio-guided tour of U.S. sites. Each stop features a special piece of Ford history that one may not know.

“Henry Ford was a pioneer and on his 150th birthday he is still teaching us the importance of driving home the need to promote Windsor and Detroit as a two-nation destination, thereby celebrating a sense of place and identity on both sides of the border.” said Gordon Orr, CEO of Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island.

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