OMCA Report
Jul. 4, 2014

Expect Additional Motor Coach Traffic at Sheraton Centre Hotel, Toronto July 9-23
OMCA has been asked to advise bus and tour operators to expect a large number of motor coach movements to and from the Sheraton Hotel (Richmond Street entrance) from July 9-23. A curb-lane closure permit has been issued by the City of Toronto for the north curb-lane on Richmond St. from York Street to Bay Street. Paid Duty police officers will be on site to help minimize congestion.More

Sick of outsider traffic, Ottawa wants a plan for Eastern Ontario
Ottawa Citizen
Uncontrolled development in Eastern Ontario is straining Ottawa's roads and transit and we need a long-term regional plan to deal with it, city council says.More

Region to spend $73 million for new Grand River Transit garage
The Record
The Region of Waterloo has purchased 17 acres of land to accommodate an ever-expanding Grand River Transit fleet. Councillors voted recently to spend about $7.4 million on land at 300-350 Northfield Dr. E. in Waterloo. "We need additional space," Coun. Jim Wideman said. "We're getting more buses." The site will become home to a bus storage facility and some office space for staff. More

Fresh outlook for tourism agency in Muskoka
Muskoka Region
Muskoka Tourism is working to expand the tourism season beyond summer to include all four seasons. Jesse Hamilton, chair of the board for Muskoka Tourism, outlined the priorities of the District of Muskoka-funded agency at the district's June 19 planning and economic development meeting. More

Greyhound driver assaulted at Kitchener bus terminal
CBC News
A 35-year-old Kitchener man has been charged with assault after a Greyhound bus driver was hit in the face at the Charles Street transit terminal in downtown. A number of witnesses called police after a verbal argument between a man and the bus driver escalated into a physical altercation, said Waterloo Region Police. More

Savour these Ontario summer food festivals in July
Toronto Sun
Ah, summertime and the eating is easy. The culinary scene heats up this month with the Savour Stratford Perth County Culinary Festival celebrating Canadian cuisine. Kids can join the fun by munching on bugs — high in protein and low in fat. Then, Taste of Toronto, billed as "one of the world's greatest restaurant festivals," makes its North American debut.More

End of the road for bus drivers
Chatham This Week
Most of the bus drivers who have been providing conventional transit service in Chatham will not be hired on when Blenheim Bus Lines takes over the contract in July. The drivers had been working for Voyageur Transportation, which was brought in last year after provider Aboutown Transportation went into receivership. The Municipality of Chatham-Kent awarded Voyageur a contract till the end of June, while bids were submitted for a seven-year contract.More

Wolfville Magic Bus toasts winery tour
Chronicle Herald
Ceileigh Mangalam of Wolfville was pouring wine to the beat of The Who's rock classic Magic Bus at the 2014 launch of the Wolfville Magic Winery Bus season. "It's going to be quite a summer," the recent Acadia University graduate said while preparing a glass of wine for a photo opportunity at Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market.More

New speed limits: B.C. drivers living life in the faster lane
Metro News
Drivers in British Columbia have been given the green light to hit the gas pedal a tad harder. Transportation Minister Todd Stone rolled out the results of the province's Rural Highway Safety and Speed Review on Wednesday, increasing the speed limit on 35 sections of highway covering 1,300 kilometres, among other changes.More

Greyhound resumes service in Innisfail, Alta.
Innisfail Province
After several months' absence from the Innisfail marketplace Greyhound passenger and cargo services are once again available locally. As of Monday, June 23, ALL Vac Sales and Services, owned and operated by Trevor and Deb Hardy, are now also the Greyhound Canada Transportation ULC service providers in Innisfail and area.More

Delayed Compass Card system under review by TransLink
Global News
TransLink is reviewing their $194 million Compass card system, even though it has yet to be rolled out for the entire public. More

Long-running Toronto airport shuttle to shut down due to gridlock, new Union-Pearson rail link
National Post
A 21-year-old Toronto airport shuttle will shut down service in the coming months due to downtown gridlock and the promise of a new rail line to Pearson, officials said recently. More

Harper Government announces opening of new NEXUS lane at Ambassador Bridge
The Harper Government recently announced the opening of an additional NEXUS lane at the Ambassador Bridge port of entry in Windsor, ON.More

2014 Tourism Industry Awards of Excellence

Deadline for nominations has been extended to Friday, July 18th, 2014!

Please note Awards are based on January –December 2013 activity.More

No, the customer is not always right
By Anne Rose
We've all heard the adage, "the customer is always right." I disagree. In my travel business over the years, I have encountered clients who have asked me to do something that is unethical in the least, illegal at the worst, or sometimes just plain wrong for them. How do you respond? The illegal requests should be a no-brainer, but what about situations that aren't as dramatic. Think about a common request from clients who want to cram their entire family in one hotel room despite maximum occupancy requirements. "Who will know?" I have been asked. More

Tourism Industry Welcomes Transportation Review as Important Step to Improving Canada's Competitiveness as a Global Destination
David Goldstein, President and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) welcomes today's announcement by Transportation Minister Lisa Raitt to review the competitiveness of Canada's aviation cost structure as part of the Government's review of the Canada Transportation Act (CTA).More

April 2014: The movers and shakers behind Canada's vital travel statistics.
The late Easter provided a huge surge in visitor numbers to Canada, according to latest CTC Tourism Snapshot.More