OMCA Report
May. 17, 2013

Registration Open for the OMCA Golf Tournament
Registration for the OMCA Golf Tournament is open. Fees will remain the same this year (see pricing below).

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. If you wish to purchase a sponsorship, please make sure you register for the sponsorship online.

For more information please visit our golf website:

Early Bird Price (before July 19th) $900
Regular Price $980

Early Bird Price $225
Regular Price $245More

Stratford Festival launches $20 bus service from downtown Toronto
Toronto Star
Those travelling to Stratford this summer to catch one of the dozen shows on display at the Festival will suddenly find getting there is easier than ever, thanks to Stratford Direct, a new non-stop bus service that began on May 1.More

New driver's side DEF filler introduced by Prevost
Houston Chronicle
Motor coach manufacturer and longtime Liberty Coach partner Prevost has announced the introduction of a driver's side DEF filler inlet design for its H3-45 VIP motor coaches. According to the announcement, which came from the Canadian firm's headquarters, a retrofit will also be made available to owners of existing Prevost motor homes equipped with EPA10 and later engines. It's welcome news for Liberty Coach owners eager to take advantage of the growing number of fueling stations that are adding DEF (diesel exhaust fluid) pumps next to their diesel pumps. More

OPP will be out in full force over the long weekend
After one of the coldest springs on record, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) expects to see many eager Ontarians take to the roads, trails and waterways on the Victoria Day Long Weekend. The OPP will be looking to all motorists, boaters and off-road vehicle users to take charge of their own safety and to ensure the safety of passengers and anyone else whose lives they would jeopardize due to unsafe or dangerous driving behaviour over the weekend. More

Cruising Canada's inside passage
The Economic Times
Canada Place is in the heart of Vancouver, so sightseeing is a breeze. Grab a cab, hop on a tour bus or even walk or cycle to the seaside wilderness of Stanley Park, the cobbled streets of historic Gastown or the galleries and shops of Granville Island. More

Ontario Northland Transportation Commission turns down Battalion
North Bay Nugget
North Bay Battalion is shopping for a charter bus service after the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission turned away a lucrative contract to carry the team. "It's a huge disappointment," said Battalion president Mike Griffin. More

OMCA response to North Bay Nugget article 'ONTC turns down Battalion'
Following the publication of the North Bay Nugget article regarding the ONTC, OMCA President Doug Switzer wrote the author of the article to respond to the story. In his email he told the reporter that: "For a number of years private operators have been raising concerns about ONTC's charter business which operates in direct competition with them." More

Canadians target of tourism sales pitch
The Chronicle Herald
Nova Scotia is targeting Ontario and Quebec visitors this year in an effort to boost tourism. Although there may be a tendency to judge the success of a Nova Scotia tourist season by the number of United States licence plates on the streets and highways, the success of any particular tourist season depends, in fact, on attracting Canadians. More

New York State governor launches largest tourism campaign in decades
Bullet News Niagara
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the launch of New York's largest tourism campaign in decades, committing nearly $60 million to grow the industry, create jobs and attract even more visitors to the Empire State. The governor's announcement came at the conclusion of the New York State Tourism Summit, where hundreds of tourism experts gathered in Albany to discuss ideas and new ways to bring tourists to every corner of the state. More reaches 25 million passengers
Michigan Chronicle, the first city-to-city, express bus company with fares from $1, has served 25 million passengers across North America as of today. With fares starting as low as $1, has expanded rapidly over the course of its seven-year existence, from serving seven cities to/from Chicago in April 2006 to now serving more than 100 cities across North America. More

Canada simply gives up competing for the American tourist
Ottawa no longer wants to waste time and money trying to lure American tourists to the land of moose, mountains and Mounties. According to a new report, the U.S. has become one of Canada's poorest performing tourism markets, and this country isn't getting full value from expensive marketing campaigns aimed south of the border. More

'SoNew' tourism effort highlights less known areas of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut
Ottawa Citizen
A new campaign involving tourism officials in three states to the south and west of Boston is aimed at attracting new visitors to a region they have dubbed "SoNew." A series of recent bus tours was the first event in their effort to tie together several attractions in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut in an attempt to turn Southern New England into a national and international destination. More

Council wants cops to give 10-minute parking ticket grace period
Toronto Sun
It's now up to the Toronto Police Services Board whether drivers get a 10-minute parking ticket grace period. City councillors voted in favour of asking the police board to tell parking officers to give drivers the 10-minute break. More