MARKHAM, ON – December 15, 2020 – As we count down to the holidays, the Destination Markham Corporation (DMC) is proud to announce the launch of visitmarkham.ca – your one-stop-shop for your local holiday shopping needs.

The DMC’s primary purpose is to promote Markham as a remarkable tourism destination. During the pandemic, the DMC has partnered with the City of Markham – including the Markham Small Business Centre and Markham Public Library – to support local hotels, restaurants, small businesses in the hospitality and retail sectors, and launch a City-wide holiday shop local initiative: Show Some Markham Love.

“The holidays are quickly approaching and Markham has everything you need to celebrate the holiday season," said Mayor Frank Scarpitti. "It's never been more important to shop local and support businesses in our community as they face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Show some Markham love this holiday season by visiting our Destination Markham website.”

Show Some Markham Love showcases a variety of restaurants, retail and other offerings. Small businesses are the backbone of Markham’s community, which is known for its exquisite dining experiences, international flavours and unique shopping experiences.

Explore the online business listing safely from the comfort of your own home at visitmarkham.ca to find everything from hotel staycations with your immediate household, at-home culinary experiences, and handcrafted home décor to fashion styles for everyone. With online ordering, it has never been easier to check off those last few people on your holiday gift list while supporting local restaurants, businesses and artists during these challenging times!

If you are a Markham retailer or restaurant looking to be featured on the Destination Markham website, you can submit your information online.

As we continue to a rise in cases of COVID-19 in our community, it is critically important that we each continue to do our part to keep one another safe. Please stay at home as much as possible and limit close contact to those in your immediate household.

If you are leaving your home to shop for essentials during lockdown, plan ahead:

  • Check to see if what you’re looking for can be ordered online from a local business, restaurant or retailer
  • If you must go into a store, time your trip during off-peak hours when it will be easier to maintain a safe distance of 2 metres/6 feet from others
  • Inquire about curbside pick-up, online ordering or delivery
  • Limit the amount of time you spend in stores
  • Follow the rules set out by stores, respect occupancy limits and please be patient and kind
  • Follow directional arrows and safety signs as these are in place for everyone’s safety
  • A face mask or covering is required while in public spaces
  • Make sure you know the new regulations required by retailers who remain open during lockdown
  • Download the COVID Alert app

Visit markham.ca/CovidSafety to find out how else you can do your part to stop the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus.

Related links:

Show Some Markham Love Holiday Campaign poster

Markham’s Contact Centre continues to respond to inquiries about municipal services and programs at customerservice@markham.ca and 905.477.5530, Monday to Friday between 8 AM and 5 PM.

For information and updates about the novel coronavirus and affected City services, visit markham.ca/covid19.

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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office:
Bryan Frois, Chief of Staff at bfrois@markham.ca or 416.567.1177.

All other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Jennifer Yap, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations at jyap@markham.ca or 437.229.2450.

For COVID-19 announcements from the City of Markham:
Visit markham.ca/covid19 or listen to 105.9 The Region – Markham’s information and emergency radio station.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 650 corporate head offices and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 240 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.  

About Destination Markham: Destination Markham Corporation (DMC) is a newly incorporated entity with the purpose to promote Markham as a remarkable destination for both residents and visitors alike. As part of Destination Markham’s commitment to supporting tourism in Markham during the COVID-19 Pandemic, DMC has developed a Business Recovery Plan, focusing on providing assistance to businesses with re-opening and recovery, consumer education ensuring health and safety, marketing campaigns promoting Hyper-Local Tourism and the #Markham Safe initiative and business support through the Ambassador Squad.

Stay Connected: Visit our newsroom or search #MarkhamNews and #MarkhamEvents for the latest information on City programs, services and event.

MARKHAM, ON – December 15, 2020 – As we count down to the holidays, the Destination Markham Corporation (DMC) is proud to announce the launch of visitmarkham.ca – your one-stop-shop for your local holiday shopping needs.

The DMC’s primary purpose is to promote Markham as a remarkable tourism destination. During the pandemic, the DMC has partnered with the City of Markham – including the Markham Small Business Centre and Markham Public Library – to support local hotels, restaurants, small businesses in the hospitality and retail sectors, and launch a City-wide holiday shop local initiative: Show Some Markham Love.

“The holidays are quickly approaching and Markham has everything you need to celebrate the holiday season," said Mayor Frank Scarpitti. "It's never been more important to shop local and support businesses in our community as they face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Show some Markham love this holiday season by visiting our Destination Markham website.”

Show Some Markham Love showcases a variety of restaurants, retail and other offerings. Small businesses are the backbone of Markham’s community, which is known for its exquisite dining experiences, international flavours and unique shopping experiences.

Explore the online business listing safely from the comfort of your own home at visitmarkham.ca to find everything from hotel staycations with your immediate household, at-home culinary experiences, and handcrafted home décor to fashion styles for everyone. With online ordering, it has never been easier to check off those last few people on your holiday gift list while supporting local restaurants, businesses and artists during these challenging times!

If you are a Markham retailer or restaurant looking to be featured on the Destination Markham website, you can submit your information online.

As we continue to a rise in cases of COVID-19 in our community, it is critically important that we each continue to do our part to keep one another safe. Please stay at home as much as possible and limit close contact to those in your immediate household.

If you are leaving your home to shop for essentials during lockdown, plan ahead:

  • Check to see if what you’re looking for can be ordered online from a local business, restaurant or retailer
  • If you must go into a store, time your trip during off-peak hours when it will be easier to maintain a safe distance of 2 metres/6 feet from others
  • Inquire about curbside pick-up, online ordering or delivery
  • Limit the amount of time you spend in stores
  • Follow the rules set out by stores, respect occupancy limits and please be patient and kind
  • Follow directional arrows and safety signs as these are in place for everyone’s safety
  • A face mask or covering is required while in public spaces
  • Make sure you know the new regulations required by retailers who remain open during lockdown
  • Download the COVID Alert app

Visit markham.ca/CovidSafety to find out how else you can do your part to stop the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus.

Related links:

Show Some Markham Love Holiday Campaign poster

Markham’s Contact Centre continues to respond to inquiries about municipal services and programs at customerservice@markham.ca and 905.477.5530, Monday to Friday between 8 AM and 5 PM.

For information and updates about the novel coronavirus and affected City services, visit markham.ca/covid19.

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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office:
Bryan Frois, Chief of Staff at bfrois@markham.ca or 416.567.1177.

All other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Jennifer Yap, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations at jyap@markham.ca or 437.229.2450.

For COVID-19 announcements from the City of Markham:
Visit markham.ca/covid19 or listen to 105.9 The Region – Markham’s information and emergency radio station.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 650 corporate head offices and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 240 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.  

About Destination Markham: Destination Markham Corporation (DMC) is a newly incorporated entity with the purpose to promote Markham as a remarkable destination for both residents and visitors alike. As part of Destination Markham’s commitment to supporting tourism in Markham during the COVID-19 Pandemic, DMC has developed a Business Recovery Plan, focusing on providing assistance to businesses with re-opening and recovery, consumer education ensuring health and safety, marketing campaigns promoting Hyper-Local Tourism and the #Markham Safe initiative and business support through the Ambassador Squad.

Stay Connected: Visit our newsroom or search #MarkhamNews and #MarkhamEvents for the latest information on City programs, services and event.