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Update your profile for the 2013/2014 Resource Guide
We are quickly approaching that time again, when the 2013/2014 print copy of the OMCA
Resource Guide will be published. Therefore, we are reminding you to ensure that your
information in the database is current. The deadline to update your online listing is Friday, June
7, 2013. To update your listing, please go to:
Enter your user ID and password. After you have logged on, click on "Edit" (on the right) and
this will allow you to edit your information. Once you are done updating your contact info click
on "Submit Changes" then click on "Member Profile" (on the left) to update your profile
information. Again, be sure to click on "Submit Changes". For management properties that
would like to list any individually managed property, please contact Laura Huether at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-229-6622 x227.
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16th Annual OMCA Silent Auction
We are excited to be hosting our 16th Annual OMCA Silent Auction and hope that you will
consider donating to make this a huge success. Last year's efforts allowed us to award
scholarships to four outstanding students and it is all thanks to the generous donors who
support this very worthy event. Your donations also help the OMCA Development Fund
projects which in turn help the motor coach tour/travel industry.
The auction is not only a fun and enjoyable event; it is a great networking opportunity with
exposure to your target market! The Silent Auction is only possible through your generosity
and we thank you for your continued support.
This year's Silent Auction theme is "Places To Stay & Play". If you have any questions or would
like to make a donation, please contact Christine Loo at email@example.com or visit: http://omca.wufoo.com/forms/16th-annual-omca-silent-auction-donation-form/.
Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announces changes to Form E311 ordering procedure
Changes are being made to the procedures for ordering Form E311, CBSA Declaration Card.
As of May 3, 2013, E311 orders must be placed through an online CBSA portal at:
The forms must now be ordered in increments of packages containing 200 cards each. The
delivery service will not be affected, so orders will be processed as usual.
Outlet Collection to be biggest open-air mall in Canada
A Bass Pro Shop will anchor the outlet mall now under construction on Glendale Ave. in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
The outlet centre will be Canada's largest open-air shopping centre, featuring close to 100 high-end retailers, such as Calvin Klein and Brooks Brothers. It will be made up of eight buildings in Phase 1, including the 77,000-square-foot Bass Pro Shop. "This will be a major tourist attraction that compliments what we already have. It's not taking away from existing attractions," said Lord Mayor Dave Eke.
BYD yet to file paperwork to get electric buses approved
Chinese manufacturer BYD has yet to file Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standards paperwork that, if approved, would allow its electric buses on Windsor streets.
Federal safety certification is needed before Transit Windsor can buy and put to used a pair of electric buses.
Transport Canada told CBC News it's up to the manufacturer to complete the certification process, something BYD officials confirmed in an email.
February stats show decline in border crossings to and from U.S.
Bullet News Niagara
The number of Ontario residents making trips across the border was down slightly in February compared to the same month in 2012.
That's according to the most recent statistics from Ontario's Ministry of Tourism.
Goss RV introduces executive services travel selections for the summer 2013 vacation season
Just in time for summer planning, Goss RV's introduces Executive Services Selections. "Executive Services is all about options," says Ken Goss. "Our busy clients can select the services that best meet their needs. A client's perfect services combo might be a driveway delivery service and destination motor coach set up services, or the private driver services combo."
Visitor numbers are up in Saugeen Shores
Tourism is a significant and growing industry that represents a vital part of a communities' economic development.
At the April 22 committee-of-the-whole meeting, Joanne Robbins, general manager of the Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce presented to council the 2012 tourism report. Trends seen over the past year include experience-based travel, for example, niche products which include festivals, golf and culinary tourism.
Niagara Falls Bridge Commission announces summer construction schedule
Bullet News Niagara
The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission has announced upcoming summer construction activity that will result in a series of lane closures within the Queenston Plaza of the Queenston-Lewiston bridge.
Such closures will commence in early May and conclude in late August.
NHTSA reminds motorists to safely 'share the road' with motorcyclists
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is reminding drivers of cars, trucks and buses to look out for, and share the road with, motorcycle riders.
Despite historical declines in automobile fatalities, motorcycle deaths have increased every year for the past 14 years except in 2009 when there was a 16 per cent decline.
Travel Editor's Blog: Florida celebrates 500th birthday in Toronto
It's tough to cover the entire Sunshine State in an hour. But they made a pretty good attempt at it.
Folks from Florida's tourism department put on a breakfast at the Hazelton Hotel in Toronto, serving up French toast and eggs and delicious orange juice (Florida variety, I presume). There were representatives from Miami, Naples, Sarasota, Orlando, Tampa, Amelia Island, Fort Lauderdale, The Space Coast, Fort Myers/Sanibel, The Palm Beaches and more, including some smaller, old-time places such as Flagler Beach (between Daytona and St. Augustine) and Crystal River, about 80 minutes north of Tampa.
Ontario Northland Transportation Commission turns down Battalion
North Bay Nugget
North Bay Battalion is shopping for a charter bus service after the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission turned away a lucrative contract to carry the team.
"It's a huge disappointment," said Battalion president Mike Griffin.
"We'll have to look elsewhere."
The North Bay native has said he intends to do business locally as often as he can heading into the team's inaugural OHL season in the city.
OMCA response to North Bay Nugget article "ONTC turns down Battalion"
Following the publication of the North Bay Nugget article regarding the ONTC, OMCA President
Doug Switzer wrote the author of the article to respond to the story. In his email he told the
“For a number of years private operators have been raising concerns about ONTC’s charter
business which operates in direct competition with them. These concerns were fundamentally
about the fact that ONTC uses taxpayer subsidies to unfairly compete with northern Ontario
businesses trying to make a go of the charter bus business. ONTC themselves admitted that
they took charters as “busy work” to keep equipment and drivers that normally were part of
their scheduled service operations occupied during non-peak periods, and as such they were
offering rates below cost just for the cash flow - making it impossible for the private companies
to compete with them."
Frank Humada, Multiview, Director of Publishing, 289.695.5422
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