OMCA Report
Jul. 19, 2013

On-Street Bus Parking on Queen Street at Toronto City Hall to be Impacted by Nathan Phillips Square Redevelopment
OMCA
OMCA was invited to meet with City of Toronto officials this week to discuss how redevelopment of Nathan Phillips Square in front of Toronto's City Hall will impact bus parking spaces on Queen Street. Currently there are four designated free on-street bus parking spaces on Queen Street (one hour maximum) adjacent to Nathan Phillips Square. The square will soon undergo major redevelopment which will reduce these bus spaces to just two. Furthermore, the City intends to sign the two spaces for loading and unloading only, and not for parking.

We expressed a number of concerns we had with their proposal and explained how it would negatively impact bus and tour operators and increase traffic congestion as buses would have to circle the block waiting for one of the two spaces to open up, or double-park on Queen Street to load or unload groups. We also expressed concern over the continual reduction in the number of on-street bus parking spaces in the past few years due to redevelopment in the downtown core. We are pleased that City staff listened and have proposed creating six new dedicated free on-street bus parking spaces close by City Hall on Armoury Street and Chestnut Street. These spaces would be available for buses to park for a maximum of 2 hours, and groups could easily walk between there to Nathan Phillip's Square. We will continue to work with City staff in the weeks ahead to ensure these six new spaces are created, which will require a new by-law to be passed by City Council.More

DRAFT Updated PMVI Standard for 6- and 12-Month Bus & Truck Inspection
OMCA
A CCMTA Working Group has over the past year worked on updating the National Safety Code Annual and Semi-Annual Bus and Truck Inspection Standard — known as NSC-11B. In Ontario, the HTA adopts the NSC-11B PMVI Standard for the 6- and 12-month annual and semi-annual inspections with a few exceptions and modifications here and there. The updated NSC Standard takes into account new technologies and changes to vehicle components and systems since the Standard was last updated in 2006. Click here to view "Instructions for Technician-Inspector Conducting Inspections".More

Golf Tournament Early Bird Deadline Ends Today
OMCA
If you haven't already registered for the OMCA Golf Tournament, do so today and take advantage of the Early Bird price. At the end of the day today, prices will increase from $900 per foursome to $980. A single registration will increase from $225 to $245.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available and we are still accepting gifts for the prize table. Visit our website for more information: http://birdeasepro.com/43omcagolf More

OMCA Conference and Marketplace Early Bird Deadline
OMCA
Deadline for tour operators to register for the Conference & Marketplace at the Early Bird price is Wednesday, July 31. As of Aug. 1, prices will increase from $280 to $380. Contact the OMCA office to secure your booth. Appointment selection begins early September.More

Member-Get-a-Member Referral Program
OMCA
As a member of OMCA, you are the association's best ambassador! You are best able to communicate the advantages of being a member to your non-member colleagues. For every Operator or Supplier who joins under your referral, you will receive $100 from OMCA.

For more information and to obtain a referral form, please visit: www.omca.com/membergetamember.html More

OMCA Welcomes New Members
OMCA
New members are always joining OMCA year-round. Keep up to date on the newest additions to our membership by visiting: http://www.omca.com/newmembers.html.

The link to our New Members page can always be found on our homepage under Membership. To find out more about these new members, information can be accessed through My Association, our members-only online database. If you need your login ID and password, please send an email to info@omca.com. More

Tourism down as Canadian embassy strike stretches on
CBC News
As workers at Canadian embassies around the world continue striking, tourism operators say the service delays are costing millions of dollars in lost tourism revenue. More than 1,000 foreign service workers have been off the job for three months in a pay dispute. They say they are being paid less than people in Canada who are doing the same work. Now, the strike is causing a massive backlog of applications and some tour operators say they're seeing clients cancel trips to Canada. More

How to avoid long border waits re-entering Canada
CTV News
Canada Customs is beefing up its staff for the summer holidays to allow those crossing the border to suffer a less painful wait. The CBSA recommends that those hoping to avoid long waits should avoid crossing at peak periods, which are from 2 p.m. to midnight. They also point to their site and their Twitter notifications to get updates on delays at each border crossing. More

Motor coach magnate's life filled with success and adventure
The Record
Recognized as an industry leader, Nelles Lishman was named to the Ontario Motor Coach Association Industry Hall of Fame in 1995, following a career that saw him build Lishman Coach Lines with his brother Ross into a thriving, multi-faceted corporation. The company was founded in 1916 by Nelles' father, Arthur Lishman who started a small service between Hamilton and Cayuga, where the family lived for a time. More

Erin Mills Town Centre to get $100 million makeover
Toronto Star
Erin Mills Town Centre is getting a $100 million makeover, its first major upgrade since opening in 1989, the mall operator announced. The dramatic redesign for the Mississauga mall includes plans to replace the central clock tower with a giant glass sphere that pierces the roof line. "The sphere is going to be the biggest in the world. We think this will be another tourism attraction once we build it," mall vice president Nance MacDonald said, comparing it to the curvy new twin condo towers in Mississauga dubbed the "Marilyn Monroe" buildings. More

Manitoulin hotel offers modern amenities for changing industry
Northern Ontario Business
Opened this spring, the Manitoulin Hotel and Conference Centre is the first hotel to be built on Manitoulin Island in a century. But more than just a cozy place to stay, its arrival is poised to bring big changes to the area's burgeoning tourism industry. Primary markets for the hotel include motor coach tours and business meetings and conferences.More

Slight slump in tourism
Bayshore Broadcasting
Midway through the hot season, "Canada's Prettiest Town" — Goderich — is seeing a slight dip in tourism. Goderich Tourism Manager Bob Marshall says construction is to blame for the slim downturn in visitors. Construction on Highway 21 between Goderich and Bayfield has been ongoing for months, with several local businesses also affected by the roadwork.More