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Request for Proposals for a Manitoulin Island/Mnidoo Mnising Culinary Tourism Strategy
DATE ISSUED: October 6, 2021
NOTICE OF INTENT TO BID: October 13, 2021 (by email to [email protected])
QUESTION AND ANSWER PERIOD: Ends October 20, 2021, Noon EST (questions by email as above; will be posted on Municipal website, RFP section)
RFP CLOSE DATE/TIME: October 27, 2021/Noon EST
FINAL SELECTION: November 1, 2021
WORK COMMENCES: By Arrangement with Successful Bidder
CONTACT PERSON: Marcus Mohr, Community Development and Outreach Coordinator.
Municipality of Central Manitoulin. P: 705-377-5726 or E: [email protected]
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Special Note: a signed copy of this form must be emailed along with the completed proposal to the Contact Person at [email protected] before closing date and time: October 27, Noon (EST).
Destination Northern Ontario, Indigenous Tourism Ontario and the Municipality of Central Manitoulin on behalf of Manitoulin Island/Mnidoo Mnising partners are seeking a comprehensive Strategic Plan to explore and outline opportunities related to Indigenous and non-Indigenous culinary tourism on Manitoulin Island. The municipality will contract with a qualified consultant team or individual with multi-disciplinary skills and demonstrated experience in food tourism development and in-depth knowledge of the regional tourism industry. The end result will include a sustainable and integrated food tourism model for the island. That may include a permanent and balanced food tourism regional advisory group, a comprehensive implementation plan and a robust resourcing strategy.
Food and drink play a significant role in a visitor experience in many ways, whether visitors are dining in a restaurant or at food trucks, microbreweries and or local farms. Other culinary tourism plans have included food trails, agricultural tourism, brewery and vineyard touring, farmers markets, and food festivals.
Manitoulin Island/Mnidoo Mnising has two incorporated towns (Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands and Gore Bay), eight townships (Assiginack, Billings, Burpee and
Mills, Central Manitoulin, Dawson, Gordon/Barrie Island, Robinson and Tehkummah) and six First Nations reserves (M’Chigeeng, Sheguiandah, Sheshegwaning, Aundeck Omni Kaning, Wiikwemkoong and Zhiibaahaasing.) Its population is almost equally split between Indigenous and non-Indigenous residents. The island has an area of 2,766 km2 (1,068 sq mi), making it the largest freshwater island in the world.
During the summer, the population (12,600 permanent residents) on the island grows by more than four times with tourists coming for boating and other activities in scenic surroundings. Year-round motor vehicle access to the island is available via the one-lane Little Current Swing Bridge, which crosses the North Channel at Little Current. From late May to early October, a daily passenger-vehicle ferry, the MS Chi-
Cheemaun (Ojibwe for “Big Canoe”), travels between Tobermory on the tip of the Bruce Peninsula and South Baymouth. Winter ice prevents ferry service during that season.
There are eight farmers’ markets spread throughout the island and just under 60 food and beverage operations.
The municipality and its partners are looking for a way to build on and develop these and other opportunities, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, into an actionable plan with measurable goals that support food tourism on the island as well as identify new opportunities and assets to increase visitor satisfaction and average length of stay because of enhanced food and drink experiences.
Closing Date, Time and Location
Each Bidder must deliver their proposal electronically. Proposals must be received no later than 12 Noon (EST) local time in Central Manitoulin, Ontario on (the “Closing Time”) on October 27, 2021 to [email protected]
It is the responsibility of each Bidder to ensure that their proposal is received at the Closing Location by the Closing Time and the Bidder assumes the entire risk of failure of the proponents to receive its proposal at the Closing Location by the Closing Time. Proposals received at the Closing Location after the Closing Time will not be considered and may be returned to the Bidder.
Schedule and Timing of Project
It is expected that the project will begin during the week of DATE. The completion date is expected to be on or before May 31, 2022, although an extension may be granted if necessary.