OMCA Report
Aug. 2, 2013

Golf Tournament Registration
There's still time to register for the 43rd Annual OMCA Golf Tournament. The event will be held on Tuesday, August 20 at Legends on the Niagara in Niagara Falls, ON. The host hotel for the event is the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview. Participants are to call the hotel directly at 1-800-519-9911 and request the special convention rate for the OMCA Golf Event. To register, visit:

Registration Fees are:
Foursome: $980
Single: $245

We are still accepting donations for the golf tournament prize table. To donate, or for information on sponsorships, please contact Laura Huether at More

Ontario Tourism Stats Available
Ontario's Ministry of Tourism publishes "Current Performance Indicators," a series of key statistics for the tourism industry in Ontario, and makes them available through their website. This user-friendly, interactive tool is updated monthly with the latest tourism statistics including:

• Border Crossings
• Accommodation Statistics
• Travel Price Index
• Economic Indicators
• Consumer Response Indicators

The Current Performance Tool based on May 2013 data is available at: More

Who's in charge here? Not just the provinces
The Globe and Mail
The Premier of Ontario has a message for Ottawa as the federal government prepares to dole out more than $50 billion to fund desperately needed infrastructure improvements: Put up and shut up. On the eve of a recent meeting of the premiers-only Council of the Federation, Kathleen Wynne said Ottawa should provide the provinces with steady annual sums for infrastructure spending, instead of making them apply for help on a project-by-project basis.More

Osheaga: Montreal's festival for the masses
The Gazette
The biggest difference in attendance has been from tourism. More than 60 per cent of last year's festivalgoers came from outside the province. Alongside North American rock festivals such as Coachella in California and Lollapalooza in Chicago, Osheaga has become a destination event, drawing music fans from near and far.More

4-lane road talks stalled
The Chronicle Journal
Four years of talks between the province and a Kenora-area First Nation have so far failed to pave the way for a new four-lane expressway to the Manitoba border. Iskatewizaagegan First Nation Chief Eli Mandamin said Tuesday that band leaders met with Ministry of Transportation officials about three months ago, but the parties are still no closer to coming to an agreement on the 40-kilometre route. More

Foreign service staff escalate job action, target travel visas
CTV News
The unprecedented job action by Canada's striking diplomats sparked recriminations in the tourism sector as an estimated 150 visa officers walked off the job in 15 foreign missions. The Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers escalated the rotating job action after an attempt to seek binding arbitration with the federal government broke down recently. Canada's tourism association blamed the diplomats for walking away from binding arbitration. More

Montrealers create virtual bus station for the world
The Gazette
Philippe Maurice set his mind to resolving a common problem faced by tourists the world over. He created Busbud, a website and iPhone app that people can use to buy tickets in their own language using their own currency. More

Heritage, culture centre proposed for Thorold
Niagara This Week
With Thorold's rich history, having a central heritage centre could be a big boost to the city's economy by having tourists who visit the Lock 7 visitors centre diverted to 8 Carleton St., and then to local shops and restaurants to shop and dine. Randy Barnes, president of the Thorold and Beaverdams Historical Society, said the city is trying to transform its economy from its traditional manufacturing base to one embracing tourism. A heritage centre could be the kind of draw that will bring tourists, he said. More

Why you need to go to the Dufferin County Museum this summer
The Huffington Post
There is a place where one can go to discover the beauty and history of rural Ontario. The Dufferin County Museum and Archives is located right at the north-east corner of Highway 89 (accessible from Hwy 400 and Hwy 10) and Airport Road. Everyone knows Airport Road, as it becomes Airport Road just north of the Toronto International Airport. More

John Ivison: How Lisa Raitt became a possible contender to succeed Stephen Harper
National Post
The promotion of Lisa Raitt to Transport Minister in the recent Cabinet shuffle was one of those rare occasions in politics when it was tough to find someone to say something nasty — and I tried. Colleagues, opposition critics and even the unions she dealt with during three years as Labour Minister said the move was well-deserved. More

Small town summer tours in southern Ontario
Sightseeing bus trips include a back roads fall colour tour on Sept. 14 while buggy rides can be arranged with two Mennonite farm families. Explore Amish country on bus tours offered by the Perth County Visitors Association and Cherrey Bus Lines. Enjoy a "rare opportunity to see over fences and hedges at gardens that are lovingly tended" across Huron and Perth counties. More

Arts, Culture and Heritage Plan launched
Oshawa Express
The City of Oshawa has begun crafting its first Arts, Culture and Heritage Plan and will soon hold a series of community meetings. The plan is "aimed at guiding cultural development in the community over the next five to 10 years," says a release from the City. Meetings with the community and stakeholders will begin this fall to gather input. More

Tata Motors and ISRO develop India's first hydrogen fuel cell bus
Indian Autos blog
Tata Motors in collaboration with the ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) have developed the country’s first hydrogen fuel cell bus. The CNG-based vehicle features hydrogen stored in high pressure bottles on the top of the bus. More