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GroupConnect Announcement
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GroupConnect is excited to announce a management partnership with InfoTree, a travel technology solutions provider. This new partnership is providing GroupConnect with an experienced technology resource team. The new GroupTravelConnect.com is being developed by the InfoTree engineering team, and expected to debut this fall. Look for more news soon on how GroupConnect products will be providing you with more opportunities for business.
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Only 1 foursome left for the OMCA Golf Tournament!
OMCA
We've got space for just one more foursome to join us on the green at our annual Golf Tournament, so sign up now; registration closes August 13. Click here to register now!
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Donate to the OMCA Golf Tournament, support the Mary Lynn Higgins Youth Fund
OMCA
All proceeds from the OMCA Golf Prize Table raffle will go to the Mary Lynn Higgins Youth Fund, helping to send disadvantaged Canadian youth on school trips with their classmates.
Any gift items for the raffle must either be sent to the OMCA office before Aug. 13 or brought with you to the tournament. If you are bringing the gift with you, please let the OMCA office know so it can be included in the gift catalogue. For more info and to donate to the prize table, please use the following link: http://www.omca.com/events/golf.html or email Rozi Humphrey at rozi@omca.com.

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Sign up for the OMCA Buyer/Seller Round Table
OMCA
The Buyer/Seller Round Table has become one of the more popular interactive sessions at Marketplace. However, in order to make this work effectively for everyone, we need the support and participation of you, our Tour Operators and Buyers. We know that many of you plan on attending Marketplace but we need your commitment to assign tables for you and the Sellers.

If you plan on attending Marketplace and would like to participate in the Round Table, please contact Christine Loo at christine@omca.com. The deadline to register is Wednesday, Oct 10. The Buyer/Seller Round Table will be held on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. We look forward to seeing you in Ottawa! 

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MTO extends Sept. 30th deadline for Recognized Authorities to submit DCP training curriculum
OMCA
MTO announced this week that Recognized Authorities under the Driver Certification Program will be given a further six months (until March 30, 2015) to submit their revised training curriculum based on the new curriculum standards issued to RAs last December. RAs will receive a letter shortly from the Director of MTO's Program Development & Evaluation Branch (dated Aug. 1st) announcing the extension.
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Your Questions, Dorian Werda, Travel Industry Council of Ontario, TICO: Motor coach tours suit seniors
Toronto Star
Motor coach tours are an excellent and innovative way to travel. You can select your itinerary in advance, and, best of all, you don't have to do the research or the driving. In addition, you can enjoy the trip with like-minded people and an experienced tour director. On a motor coach tour, your arrangements including accommodations are made for you, so that you can concentrate on the serious business of enjoying your vacation.
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Kathleene Wynne: Federal government needs to massively increase infrastructure spending
National Post
The federal government should massively increase the amount of money they dole out each year for infrastructure projects in Canada, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said recently. Ottawa currently spends about half a per cent of Canada's gross domestic product on infrastructure and should raise it to two per cent of GDP, she said at a conference with Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger.
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European tourists lament Canadian car culture
Ottawa Citizen
Yours to discover: Parking garages, strip malls and Tim Hortons drive-thrus. A pair of European tourists say they're coming back from a five-week tour of Canada, including Ottawa, with a disappointing impression. Now, Holly Chabowski, 30, from England, and her girlfriend Nanna Sorensen, 23, from Denmark are calling out Canadians for our car culture, our obesity and what they describe as the general lack of "fulfilment" in our communities.
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Rainbow Bridge bus plaza renovation to begin
Bullet News Niagara
Improvements to the Rainbow Bridge bus inspection facility are planned for this year, with completion scheduled for May 2015. Construction work related to this renovation at the Rainbow Bridge Canada plaza bus processing facility will begin Aug. 18 and is expected to cost $4.2 million. This project will encompass a series of infrastructure improvements and enhancements, including the addition of new floors and processing space, exterior canopy modifications, relocation of existing boilers, shifting of the Canada-bound Currrency Exchange, and additional parking capacity.
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10 reasons why it hurts to drive in Toronto
The Globe and Mail
There’s one problem with vacations – they end. This can be tough, especially for a car buff who spends time in a road paradise, then returns to Toronto (also known as the lowest circle of driving hell). Like the original blues — a musical form rooted in suffering — driving in Toronto has a cultural history that only its beaten-down members can understand.
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Travel industry relying on young spenders
By Archita Datta Majumdar
A report released by the Boston Consulting Group last year depicted figures that detail how millennials will bypass their elders and make up the biggest travel demographic in 5-10 years. Social media and emerging technology have shrunk the global economy and enabled businesses to expand beyond horizons faster than ever before. As distant lands became more accessible, young minds were naturally beckoned to explore. Since these young travelers are more tech savvy than their older counterparts and totally immersed in social media, the industry has been quick to capitalize.
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Fighting the urge to merge: drivers should take the path of least resistance
The Globe and Mail
Few motorists aggravate people more than those who zoom up an empty lane (past drivers waiting their turn) and expect to be let in to the front of the line. These are creepers.

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Henderson: End Ontario's highway speed hypocrisy
Windsor Star
A few years back I wrote a column defending the 100-km/h limit on Ontario's 400-series highways. Fired off in response to a retired OPP officer's call for it to be boosted to a more realistic level, the piece argued that the status quo was saving lives and we should stick with it.

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Stop complaining, Canada: Your traffic is bad, but far from worst
Global News
The next time you're pounding on your horn while stuck on Autoroute 15 into Montreal or grinding your teeth sitting still on Toronto's Don Valley Parkway, relish in some commuter schadenfreude. It could be much worse.

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Ontario Place to reopen to public by 2016 with new park, promenade
680 News
The first phase of Ontario Place's redevelopment will not open in time for the July 2015 Pan and Parapan Am Games as previously hoped. The first phase of the multi-million dollar redevelopment of the defunct site — a three hectare park and waterfront trail — will open to the public as early as 2016, Ontario Tourism Minister Michael Coteau announced at a news conference.
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Using FAQ lists to your advantage
By Marisa Meisters
We've all been there: it's another follow-up phone call from a client asking what the food will be like on the train portion of the journey for the vacation that she booked with you recently. It's the seventh call you've had this week asking a similar question about a booking that you've made. Wouldn't it be nice if there were some kind of easy repository that would answer these types of questions so that you could spend more of your time addressing other needs?
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The hard numbers on why hotels are losing the online booking wars
Skift
Online travel agencies such as Booking.com and Expedia dominate hotel metasearch in the U.S. and a new report from digital researcher L2 Inc. quantifies just how one-sided the competition is with hotels. Consider TripAdvisor's property pages, which are the source of much of its traffic from travelers seeking to do comparison shopping for hotel rates.
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What selfies can teach us about hospitality sales and marketing
eHotelier
The selfie isn't quite as old as the hotel sales position, but they have both been around for a very long time. This brings me my point. What can hotel sales people learn from selfies? Considering our industry has been around for over 1,500 years, it is time to look to non-traditional sources to better ourselves as hotel sales professionals!
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