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Niagara border crossings could see less bus congestion with soon to be introduced online bus arrival reservation system
OMCA
About six years ago, OMCA met with U.S. and Canadian border crossing officials responsible for the three Niagara crossings and proposed a web-based coach arrival scheduling system. OMCA put forward the idea as a way for US CBP and CBSA to more effectively schedule staff to meet bus traffic volumes, and to distribute bus traffic more evenly across the three border crossings. Our proposal was viewed by them as "interesting" and having "some potential," but nothing happened — until now.
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New at OTE: Bus Product & Services Update Sessions
OMCA
As noted on the Program-at-a-Glance, OTE organizers have decided to try something a little different this year. For a nominal fee, an Exhibitor can reserve a meeting room before the trade show opens to meet and greet existing and potential customers. Because of limited space, just a few rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis only. The 8-9 a.m. time slot would allow an Exhibitor to announce a new product or service offering or provide technical information updates to trade show attendees they wish to invite. Costs for renting and catering will be the responsibility of the Exhibitor. For more information, please contact Michele O'Bright at mobright@telus.ca.
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Driving lessons in snow and winter conditions
By Jack Webber
Driving during the summer and winter are two completely different things. Do not let anyone tell you otherwise. I have heard many stories about how such-and-such did not let the weather change how they drove. They are usually the ones who end up in the ditch at the first sign of snow. I always want to learn new things, and I encourage you all to do the same. I have learned a lot about driving conditions this winter alone, so let me offer you a few tips.
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Located only 128 Kilometers outside of New York City!

We're talking - over 3,000 slots and 200 table games. Visit our 10 restaurant options, including three from legendary chef, Emeril Lagasse. Then, relax in your own luxurious room or visit the Outlets at Sands Bethlehem and enjoy a little shopping.
 


Major tourism conference in Niagara Falls in 2015
St. Catharines Standard
It's more than a year away, but people in the tourism industry are delighted that Rendez-vous Canada is coming to the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls. It's considered the biggest trade show in Canada, and the world's most influential travel buyers will be attending to see what Canadian businesses have to offer.
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Consul: Ottawa to buy land in Detroit for new cross-border bridge
Toronto Star
The Canadian government plans to start buying land in Detroit for the U.S. portion of a new bridge linking the nations, a Canadian official says, a move that bypasses opponents of the project and comes as the U.S. government hasn't yet allocated money.
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Groups Shouldn't Stay Anywhere Else!

There is no better way to visit Atlantic City - by yourself or with a group - than by bus or motor coach. Hop on one with one of the participating bus companies and you'll receive front-door service to Resorts Casino Hotel.
 


This winter, the MTO has fined all of its 21 highway contractors
The Manitoulin Expositor
It was recently reported that all of Ontario's 21 area maintenance providers had been fined due to poor performance standards, according to Ministry of Transportation (MTO) audits, among them Manitoulin and Sudbury roads contractor DBi Services.
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3 Toronto hotels named among Canada's top 10
Yonge Street
There's no denying that Canada is full of beautiful hotels from coast to coast. The New York Daily News rounded them up and compiled a list of the top 10 luxury hotels in the country, naming three Toronto properties among the best.
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Grab Your FRIENDS & Getaway!

When you want to getaway, go with the original, go with the classic, Go Girlfriends Getaway™ to Greater Reading, PA!
 


Tourism operators look to U.S. for future growth
Canada Newswire
Canada's tourism operators want a renewed focus on marketing to the United States even if it means diverting resources from emerging markets that may show a great deal of long-term promise. A survey by HLT Advisory prepared in advance of the Canadian Tourism Marketing Summit Feb. 12-13 in Toronto found 79 per cent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with a proposal to focus scarce marketing resources on the U.S. market.
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Vancouver hotel offers $500,000 Valentine's Day package
Global News
Looking for the perfect Valentine's Day gift for that special someone? The Sutton Place Hotel in downtown Vancouver has you covered, and it will only cost $500,000. The "Once In A Lifetime" package "showcases everything that Valentine's Day has to offer," according to a post on the hotel's official blog.
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5 of Canada's best hotels
Troy Media
Canada is perhaps one of the most beautiful countries in the world. And there are certainly hotels to go with it. The Great White North has some of the most luxurious and unique hotels on the planet. We take a look at the top five Canadian hotels.
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How can I travel farther and spend less?
The Globe and Mail
Budget is my default approach to travel: I prefer transit to taxis and food courts over restaurants when I'm on the road. But rather than brag about my day-old bakery purchase triumphs, I'll defer to three experts who know exactly how to tighten their belts without truncating their trips.

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Toronto to increase parking fines to smooth rush-hour gridlock
CTV News
The City of Toronto hopes to streamline gridlock with a new system of fines for drivers who park in no-stopping zones, in addition to a lengthened rush hour period. Toronto will crack down on rogue drivers with a five-pronged approach to ensure the city's transportation system operates as efficiently as possible.

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Megabus.com wins American Bus Association's Green Operator Award for 2014
Travel Daily News
Megabus.com, the popular city-to-city, express bus company serving more than 120 cities across North America with fares from $1, received the American Bus Association's (ABA) 2014 Green Operator Award. Megabus.com was selected by motorcoach industry peers after an extensive review of operations.

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Hughes: Northern jobs, tourist dollars don't matter to Conservatives
SooToday.com
Every year tourists spend billions of dollars in Northern Ontario supporting thousands of jobs, but that doesn't seem to matter much to the Conservative government according to New Democrat MP, Carol Hughes. Hughes delivered a statement in the House of Commons questioning the Conservatives commitment to small businesses in the region and illustrated that with two avoidable examples.
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Your Travel Questions: How do we ensure the resort will live up to its billing?
Toronto Star
Last year we stayed at an all-inclusive resort that was advertised in the brochure as a 4-star resort. We were very disappointed with the resort and believe it was more of a 2-star resort than a 4-star resort. How can we avoid making the same mistake when booking this year?
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