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October P.R.I.D.E. Program sold out
OMCA
A very high demand for the Oct. 19-24 P.R.I.D.E. Program this year has it completely filled at this time. A waiting list has been started. The next regularly scheduled program is Jan. 11-16, 2015. If you are interested in attending a Fall program e.g. in November or early December 2014, please contact Michele O'Bright — mobright@telus.net. If enough registration forms are received (minimum 11), the P.R.I.D.E. Program would be pleased to try and put on an additional program.
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Marketplace appointment selections now live!
OMCA
Registered delegates taking appointments can now access Appointment Selections through the Online Event Passport. The selection period will end on Thursday, Sept. 25. Also, please note that new sellers are joining every day, so we encourage all buyers to check in frequently to see who's new.
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Register for Marketplace, Nov. 8-12
OMCA
Operators thinking about registering for Marketplace can do so now — click here to register. If you're looking to take appointments, appointment selections opened this week, so sign up and don’t miss out!
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Marketplace hotels: Group rate deadlines fast approaching
OMCA
Delegates who have not yet booked a room for Marketplace are kindly urged to do so soon, as the cut-off dates for our hotel group rates are fast approaching. To make your reservation at the OMCA group rate, please book on or before the following dates:

• The Westin Ottawa: Oct. 4
• The Lord Elgin Hotel: Oct. 10
• Les Suites Hotel Ottawa: Oct. 6

To view all hotel information online, please visit our Accommodations page.

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Industry Awards Nominations Due Sept. 26
OMCA
We are asking all of our member companies to forward any nominations that they may have to the OMCA office by Sept. 26. The categories for nomination are: Driver's Excellence, Employee Excellence, Supplier Member Award of Distinction, Products & Services Member Award of Distinction, Lifetime Achievement Award, Mary Morton Award, Hall of Fame Award, and the Heroism Award. This is a great opportunity to show your appreciation to outstanding individuals in the industry; awards will be presented at the Awards Dinner during the Annual Marketplace in November.

For nomination criteria and forms, please visit www.omca.com/events/awards.html

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Highway 7 Viva Bus Rapid Transit Service opens in City of Markham
Canada Newswire
Steven Del Duca, Ontario Minister of Transportation; Michael Chan, MPP Markham-Unionville; Bill Fisch, Chairman and CEO, The Regional Municipality of York; and Bruce McCuaig, President and CEO, Metrolinx, officially marked the opening of the next segment of bus rapid transit (rapidway) that will run in the centre median of Highway 7 in the City of Markham. Viva rapid transit service extended its use of the rapidway along Highway 7 from Highway 404 to South Town Centre Blvd.
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John Tory: 'Hell to pay' if Ontario, feds don't provide transit funding
Metro News
Toronto mayoralty frontrunner John Tory says "there will be hell to pay" if senior levels of government don't come up with two-thirds of the funding needed for his proposed rapid transit line. "I have the determination to go to those governments, I have the relationships with both of those governments to go and get that money," Tory said recently.
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500 GO buses means better service for riders
Government of Ontario
Ontario is helping more commuters take public transit and get to their destination sooner as Metrolinx rolls out its 500th GO Bus. GO Transit now has a total of 500 buses on the road, serving commuters in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). The fleet is made up of 117 double-decker buses, 381 diesel-highway coaches, and two diesel-electric hybrid highway coaches.
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Marriott's 'Envelope Please' program urges hotel guests to tip housekeepers
CBC News
Marriott hotels are urging guests to leave tips for housekeepers in envelopes provided in their rooms. Marriott International is the first hotel chain to join The Envelope Please program to help hospitality staff earn extra bucks.
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Highway 404 extension set to open
Government of Ontario
Ontario is opening a 13-kilometre extension on Highway 404 from Green Lane to Ravenshoe Road that will make it faster to travel into and out of the Greater Toronto Area, reduce congestion, and create jobs by getting people and goods moving. The new four-lane extension will also take up to 22,000 vehicles a day off local roads, making the community safer while reducing travel times for commuters and commercial vehicles.
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Hotel trends: Hotels spotlight top selfie spots to lure guests
Canoe.ca
Riding the wave of the selfie trend, the Mandarin Oriental Paris now offers a package with a private tour of the French capital's best locations for Instagram-worthy self-portraits. The prestigious hotel is not the only player in the tourism industry to have understood the marketing potential of the phenomenon.

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Revisiting the St. Jacobs Farmers' Market
InsideBelleville.com
St. Jacobs Farmers' Market, located just north of Kitchener and Waterloo is said to be "Canada's largest yearround farmers' market," and the area has many bus tours going to this destination each year.

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Long-running Toronto airport shuttle to shut down due to gridlock, new Union-Pearson rail link
National Post
A 21-year-old Toronto airport shuttle will shut down service in the coming months due to downtown gridlock and the promise of a new rail line to Pearson, officials said recently.

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Tulip Festival gets honoured by American travel association
Ottawa Business Journal
The Canadian Tulip Festival's 70th anniversary edition next year got a boost recently when a major North American travel association named it the top Canadian event for 2015 and one of the top 100 events for all of North America. Members of the American Bus Association (ABA) account for the majority of the motor coach tours across the continent.
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