OMCA Report
Oct. 11, 2013

Conference update: Final schedules posted Oct. 14
Delegates can view their final schedules through the Online Passport beginning Monday, Oct. 14. Until then, delegates can log on, click onto the "Message Centre" stamp in the Passport and schedule additional appointments. More

Reminder: Tour Operator Theatre Summit Survey
This is just a reminder for OMCA tour operators who have yet to fill out the Theatre Summit Survey, to please do so here:

Our deadline for submissions is Tuesday, Oct. 15. We appreciate everybody's assistance and participation.

Tour Operator delegates registered for the upcoming Conference & Marketplace are invited to attend the Theatre Summit on Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Westin Harbour Castle, Pier 4, from noon to 1:15 p.m. More

Overflow hotel block extended to Oct. 16
Delegates looking to book a room at the Novotel Toronto Centre Hotel, our overflow hotel, can do so by phone at 416-367-8900, by email at or by fax at 416-360-8285. Upgraded rooms are still available at our host hotel, the Westin Harbour Castle; delegates can book by visiting our accommodations page online. More

Bringing you a new product at Conference
OMCA, powered by GroupConnect, is creating "The" most comprehensive online web portal for group travel information in the industry available only to members of the OMCA and the ABA. This dynamic new portal provides members with a targeted approach and the most cost effective marketing/advertising tool to capture a larger part of the group travel business. We'll be at OMCA Conference and we want you to stop and give us your comments and suggestions. For more information contact GroupConnect at or 1-866-644-1664. More

Show off with GroupConnect
It's time to Show Off your profile/listing on GroupTravelConnect prior to OMCA Conference. is the online member search engine for OMCA and we want to make sure your information is up to date. To receive your username and password, please contact GroupConnect at or 1-866-644-1664. More

Coach operators: Register today for Conference!
Be sure to reserve your place at the OMCA Conference & Marketplace in Toronto, Nov. 2-6, 2013. The Coach Operator program provides two days of valuable educational sessions and networking opportunities. Get the latest information on key industry topics that affect your operations today and discover new tools to help elevate your business. Reconnect with old friends and colleagues in the industry and expand your professional network. Click here for the coach operator program and Conference details, including registration forms.

Our business session lineup includes important topics such as U.S. DOT regulations and enforcement, border crossing issues, motor coach tire safety, MTO's bus inspection program, reducing workplace injuries, economic regulation and more! Plus, coach operators can enjoy the Sunday evening Travel Showcase Reception; the ever popular and enjoyable Ice Breaker event on Sunday evening; Monday evening's reception; Monday evening's Awards Dinner featuring OMCA awards and special entertainment; the Silent Auction; Breakfasts (3 days); and the all-delegate luncheons on Monday and Tuesday. Hope to see you there! More

In Memoriam: William 'Bill' Rivers, 1938 - 2013
OMCA would like to extend condolences to the family and friends of William "Bill" Rivers, who passed away on Oct. 9, 2013.

Bill was the owner and operator of The Country Music Travellers, as well as the Rivers Tours. He will be missed by his travelling family of friends. Bill was a long-time member and supporter of OMCA.

Visitations will be on Friday, Oct. 11 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. and 7:00-8:00 p.m. at the Lougheed Funeral Home, located at 252 Regent Street South in Sudbury, ON. A service will be held later that evening at 8:00 p.m. in the Lougheed Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation and interment will be at the Park Lawn Crematorium.

Donations to the N.C.F or to the Health Sciences North - Pediatric Unit would be appreciated. More

Bus operators need to be encouraged to come to Owen Sound
Owen Sound Sun Times
The closure of Owen Sound's bus terminal and Greyhound's decision to cut its routes to the city has put a spotlight on transportation issues in our area. Specifically, it has highlighted the importance of intercity bus service to rural communities. Students attending school in Toronto, London, Barrie and elsewhere, for example, rely on the bus to get to and from their rural Ontario homes.More

Ontario encourages families to explore the great outdoors
Government of Ontario
"Ontario has one of the largest and best park systems in the world. Our parks introduce visitors to magnificent Ontario landscapes — rolling woodlands, canoe routes, pristine beaches and crystal-clear lakes. I encourage all Ontarians to visit a provincial park this fall." - David Orazietti Minister of Natural Resources More

Big events filling up Windsor's sport tourism calendar
Windsor Star
Wayne Jahn and his wife Neda don't need to be convinced that the type of big-ticket sport tourism Windsor is hotly pursuing can trigger big economic spinoffs for the county as well as the city. Jahn spent a day chauffeuring a bus-load of German visitors around the county, including a River Canard canoeing stop and a visit to Fort Malden for some local history. More

Threat of Washing D.C.Beltway shutdown is a hoax, trucker says
The Washington Post
Earl Conlon's comments in a U.S. News & World Report story that he and thousands of truckers from across the country (and possibly Canada) planned to come to the nation's capital and bring traffic to a standstill on the inner loop of the Capital Beltway zinged across the Web and were picked up by outlets ranging from Fox News to the Huffington Post. The rally was dubbed "Truckers for the Constitution." But it is a hoax.More

In Toronto's music scene, 'There's something going on.' Will city hall listen?
The Globe and Mail
"There's something going on." Toronto has found its expression of live summer music like never before," says Jeff Cohen, the promoter behind the inaugural Toronto Urban Roots Fest held on the green at Fort York. "I think by 2015 we will be able to boast a festival or major outdoor show on every weekend of the summer."More

Report: Friendlier visa processes needed for tourism industry
Toronto Star
As Canada's tourism industry continues its decline, a new study recommends friendlier visa processes to encourage travel to the country. According to a recent study, stringent visa requirements "dampen travel demand" to Canada by 30 per cent or more, and particularly affect the growth of emerging markets in Latin America and Asia. More

Why the wheels are coming off Ontario's transportation plan
The Globe and Mail
She started well. During the Liberal leadership race, Kathleen Wynne identified traffic congestion in the greater Toronto and Hamilton area as a major issue. She pointed to the impact on quality of life, and the billions of dollars in lost productivity. More

Culinary tourism project proposed
Blackburn News
CEO of TWEPI Gordon Orr says culinary tourism is a growing trend. "There's so many great opportunities to partner with the culinary tourism stakeholders with other tourism assets in the region," said Orr. "And when you do that, you develop more of a compelling reason why you'd want to travel to Windsor-Essex and then while they're here they would stay longer as a result of it."More