OMCA Report
Nov. 8, 2013

Showcase Canada-Asia brings stellar returns for Canadian travel industry
Canadian Tourism Commission
There's no business like tourism business. The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) has just concluded the 2013 edition of Showcase Canada-Asia, its top B2B event outside Canada. "The focus for sellers this year was developing the independent travel sector, which has experienced substantial growth in the past year," says Jon Mamela, CTC vice-president, International. "New regions of Canada, especially in the north, are getting more awareness and business from Asia, in particular from Hangzhou, China's richest area."More

New mayor in Gatineau signals changes to tourism investment plan
Ottawa Business Journal
A major waterfront redevelopment in Gatineau is in doubt following the results of the city's recent mayoral election. Incumbent mayor Marc Bureau was voted out and replaced by challenger Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, who had campaigned against a $135 million riverfront redevelopment plan. Mr. Bureau had promoted 'Destination Gatineau' as a way to get tourists to see more of the city, rather than just visiting the Canadian Museum of Civilization and heading back to Ottawa. More

Ecotourism rules in 2013
By Archita Datta Majumdar
Travel trends for the first half of 2013 combined with a comprehensive report for 2012 show a marked increase in interest as well as choice for ecotourism. As awareness and concern for the environment grows, it is only natural that man will try to devise ideas that will only protect the planet better. The wanderlust that has been responsible for breaking down barriers and making the world more accessible for all is now being combined to spread the good word — that it is possible to both enjoy and protect nature at the same time. More

Windsor police stop 281 vehicles for distracted driving in October
CTV News
During a distracted driving initiative in the month of October, the Windsor Police Service stopped 281 vehicles for infractions. Of the 281 vehicles stopped, 278 of the infractions were in relation to cellphones and the remaining three were in relation to other entertainment devices like tablets or computers. More

Travel companies using microsites to reach customers
By Chay Rees Runnels
When Travelocity's Roaming Gnome decided to get more social online, website developers turned to a microsite instead of completely rethinking the Travelocity website. The result is Let's Roam, a website that is currently being beta-tested by Travelocity's developers. More companies are turning to the use of microsites as they seek to reach specific demographics or highlight certain aspects of their product or offering. Microsites are generally one- to two-page sites that may be branded a little differently than the parent site and act as discrete "sites within a site." More

6 tips to communicate like a leader
The Globe and Mail
Excelling in communication is one of the top consistently rated traits of distinguished leaders. But communication skills are not intuitive or taught in business school. Bad communication has ended the career of many CEOs and other public figures. It is also costing companies a fortune: according to SIS International Research, a business with 100 employees spends an average downtime of 17 hours a week clarifying communication. More

Apples pave a trail to tourism success story
Collingwood Enterprise Bulletin
The Apple Pie Trail has opened up new avenues for tourism in Collingwood. About 20 people — restaurant owners, hoteliers, and apple growers, among other — took part in a familiarization tour of the Trail, now in its fifth year, starting at the Scandinave Spa, and working their way through Downtown Collingwood, Scenic Caves, a couple of area wineries, and an orchard. More

TTC's Yorkdale parking off limits for about 18 months
Toronto Star
TTC riders, who use the transit agency's lot at Yorkdale mall, will have to look elsewhere for parking in the New Year. The shopping centre, owned by Oxford Properties Group, is expanding and building new underground parking that will include a TTC lot when it opens in the fall of 2015. Retail will be built overhead. More

Ontario's minimum wage panel set to visit Ottawa
Ottawa Citizen
The panel tasked with finding a better way for setting increases to Ontario's minimum wage will bring its public consultation tour to Ottawa. On one hand are unions and anti-poverty groups who want the provincial government to address poverty by hiking the minimum wage to $14 per hour. On the other are employers, particularly those in agriculture, tourism and hospitality, and retail — the three industries together employ 60 to 70 per cent of minimum wage workers in Ontario. More

Ontario chips in for Playboy model in Parry Sound tourism campaign
Toronto Star
The Ontario government's tourism marketing agency paid for a Playboy model to help promote travel in the Parry Sound region as part of a provocatively framed publicity campaign. Under the rubric #edgyadventures, which was used to label events on social media, American model Leticia Cline and professional Canadian motocross racer Ami Houde participated in a variety of outdoor activities to promote local tourism.More

Bus driver saves woman from jumping off bridge
The Globe and Mail
A bus driver is being hailed as a hero for preventing a woman from jumping off a bridge over a Buffalo highway. Darnell Barton stopped his bus over the Scajaquada Expressway when he saw the women standing on the wrong side of the guardrail. More

New York promotes sustainable tourism through new online guide
The Province
New York State is promoting sustainable tourism. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a new online guide to sustainable travel in New York State will include bookable itineraries. The guide takes advantage of the trend of tourists trying to minimize their impact on the environment and local culture. More