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OMCA responds to The Globe and Mail's attack on tour buses
OMCA
(Because of a technical error in last week's OMCA Report, we are reprinting OMCA's response to the recent Globe and Mail article on tour buses.)

Doug Switzer, president and CEO of OMCA, responded to The Globe and Mail regarding a recently published article on tour buses: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-drive/car-life/looking-to-live-outside-the-law-become-a-tour-bus-driver/article13871129/.

Andrew Clark's Aug. 21 article: "Looking to live outside the law? Become a tour bus operator" certainly proves the old adage that you should never let the facts get in the way of a good rant.

His argument that tour bus operators are somehow immune to parking laws is not only utterly false, it ignores the fact that buses are actually discriminated against in the parking fine structure.
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Tour Operator Reminder: 2013/2014 Attractions Ontario Field Trip Planner
OMCA
This year we are once again taking part in the Attractions Ontario Field Trip Planner. This planner is sent out through school boards, and Attractions Ontario let us know that this year they have more school boards than ever sending this information out. Below is a description from Attractions Ontario's website:

Ontario's Field Trip Planner for Students and Youth Groups This publication is designed to inform teachers, tour operators and youth group leaders about the curriculum-based educational programs available at Ontario attractions. Are We There Yet? represents a new focus for Attractions Ontario: Education Tourism. This is the fastest growing segment of the group tour market. We hope that this publication becomes as popular as our signature publication, the Passport Magazine and Coupon Book. Like our other publications, an e-copy of Are We There Yet? is available.

Here is the link to view our info for 2012/2013: http://www.attractionsontario.ca/_assets/File/Att_Ont_AWTY_2012_.pdf

The cost for tour operators to participate is $200.00, plus HST. If you would like to be included in this year's edition, please send a reply to christine@omca.com no later than Monday, Sept. 9. Only those members who respond by the deadline will be included.

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Coach Operators: Have You Registered for Conference?
OMCA
We have a great lineup for coach operator sessions, so join us at this year's OMCA Conference & Marketplace at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto, Nov. 2-6. To view our session brochure, visit: http://www.omca.com/events/documents/OMCA-13187-CoachFly_05.pdf. To register today, visit us online at: http://omca.teameventmanagement.com/TEAM/OnlineReg/OMCA_2013/LoginHandler.asp.
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Toast to our wine country

With 18 wineries throughout Essex County and Pelee Island, there's plenty to sip and savour. Travel along our scenic wine route hugging the shores of Lake Erie and sample some of the finest wines in the world. Red or white, fill your glass with our award-winning selections and enjoy!
 


OMCA Annual Awards
OMCA
Please make your submissions for the 2013 Awards Dinner celebrated on Nov. 4, 2013 during the annual Conference & Marketplace. The deadline for all submissions is Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. For more information on the awards, criteria, and forms, please visit: http://www.omca.com/events/awards.html.
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Make a Donation to the 16th Annual OMCA Silent Auction
OMCA
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 christine@omca.com or visit: http://omca.wufoo.com/forms/16th-annual-omca-silent-auction-donation-form/.

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Rooms Available at Conference Overflow Hotel
OMCA
The Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, host for OMCA's annual Conference & Marketplace, is currently sold out of standard rooms. For those interested in staying at the Westin, the hotel is offering upgraded rooms at $245.00 per night. Our overflow hotel this year is the Novotel Toronto Centre Hotel, located at 45 The Esplanade. Rooms are available for $165.00 per night. The Novotel is a 5-minute walk to the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel. To book, please visit our accommodations page online at: http://www.omca.com/events/accommodations.html.
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Market fire leaves $2 million damage in blow to heart of Ontario Mennonite country
The Globe and Mail
It was the crown jewel in the heart of Ontario's Mennonite country, a meeting place for the surrounding community, where tourists flocked by the thousands and hundreds of thousands of dollars could be made by merchants in a single day. The farmer's market in St. Jacobs was destroyed by fire, suffering an estimated $2 million in damage, but the long-term cost will be much greater.
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The world's 10 coolest buses
BoldRide
If you've ever been stuck riding the 'hound across the Heartland, you know that buses aren't exactly the first thing to spring to mind when you think of cool transportation options. Nevertheless, there are a handful of buses even the most hardened motor head would love to add to a collection. BoldRide takes a look at 10 impressive options.
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Edu-tourism: Top 5 places to learn something new
Toronto Star
First, there was eco-tourism, then volun-tourism. Now there's a growing movement among travellers towards edu-tourism: visitors spend part of their trip engaged in a class to learn a new skill or hobby related to a place or culture. Increasingly, travellers are expanding their learning experiences to include new sports, new skills, and new trades to take back home.
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Globus addition of free Wi-Fi wins support
Travel Agent Central
Globus reports it has asked more than 3,000 recent travellers if they felt having free Wi-Fi on their motor coach was a useful perk. Of the responses received to date, 87 per cent of travellers who had access to free Wi-Fi felt it was a useful tool and 61 per cent took advantage of the complimentary Wi-Fi afforded to them on their coach.
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U.S. musicians face steep new fees to perform in Canada
CBC News
Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker program in Canada are hitting a sour note with music promoters and small club owners who book American bands. They say increases to the fees imposed on each band member will make it impossible for many groups to play here and result in the loss in revenue for the venue owners.

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Thor Motor Coach rolls out 2014 looks for Tuscany diesel motorhomes
The Elkhart Truth
New paint and new end caps on the front and back are some of the upgrades of the 2014 Tuscany luxury motorhome line from Thor Motor Coach, a line that's seen a 58 per cent increase in market share so far this year. Tile floors and frameless windows are part of both the Tuscany and the Tuscany XTE in 2014.

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Double-decker-vision rolls on for peace
Hamilton Spectator
You are — and are not — seeing double when you look at the Peacemaker bus. The cream-and-maroon motor home, parked at Pier Four Thursday afternoon and evening, was made by fusing a 1955 GMC Semicruiser and a 1949 American Aerocoach. This bus and its predecessor (constructed in 2005 and 1987 respectively) were built by the Twelve Tribes — a religious group with branches around the world.

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Niagara Falls: Construction to limit traffic to one lane on CNP bridge
Bullet News Niagara
As part of its efforts to improve vehicular, pedestrian and cyclist traffic within Queen Victoria Park, The Niagara Parks Commission wishes to provide an update on the rehabilitation work taking place on the Canadian Niagara Power Bridge (CNP) along the Niagara Parkway.
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City making space for Ottawa Tourism at 150 Elgin
Ottawa Business Journal
The organization responsible for driving tourists to the capital is set to become a tenant at one of the premier new office buildings in Ottawa's downtown. Councillors on the City of Ottawa's finance and economic development committee recently voted to allow Ottawa Tourism to move into the building at 150 Elgin St.
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Sault Ste. Marie residents debate casino future
CBC News
In Sault Ste. Marie, talk of a new casino is stirring up debate the city had back in the 1990s before the current, temporary casino was built. Steve Butland was the mayor of Sault Ste. Marie when it first became a casino town and still can't get around the fact that the casino in his city is a tent.
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