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Conference & Marketplace a success in Toronto!
OMCA
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Conference & Marketplace last week in Toronto. We hope you found the show to be both beneficial for your business and fun as well! Over 19,000 appointments were done during the four days between buyers and sellers. A big thank you to our sponsors and volunteers who make this event happen year after year — OMCA truly appreciates all your hard work. We look forward to seeing you all in Ottawa next year!
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OMCA elects new Chair
OMCA
The OMCA Board elected new officers during the AGM at the OMCA Conference & Marketplace in Toronto. The Board is pleased to welcome Ghislain Leduc of Leduc Bus Lines as the new Chair for 2014. Also elected were Ray Cherrey of Pacific Western Transportation as Secretary-Treasurer, and Ray DeNure of DeNure Tours as Vice Chair. John Crowley of Coach Canada is the immediate past Chair. The Board also welcomes Marc Laplante of 417 Bus Lines to the Executive Committee. The AGM also saw the election of Kelly Fields of A.C.T. Tours to the Tour Operator Council, and Leah Mueller of Visit Buffalo Niagara to the Supplier Council.
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Congratulations to this year's award winners
OMCA
Each year, OMCA recognizes dedication and outstanding achievement in the coach and tourism industry during the Awards Dinner at the Annual Conference & Marketplace. Awards were given to the following individuals to thank them for their contributions:

• Driver Excellence Award: Carl Rowe, Coach Canada
• Driver Excellence Award: Byron Baker, Pacific Western Transportation
• Employee Excellence Award: Lyn Morrow, Coach Canada
• Supplier Distinction Award: Harry Wade, Duty Free Americas
• Volunteer Award of Distinction: Joanne Scalamogna, Access Marketing/Travel Showcase
• OMCA Hall of Fame: Scott Stewart, Carlson Wagonlit Travel/G. Stewart Travel Services
• OMCA Hall of Fame: Ann Fairley, OMCA
• OMCA Lifetime Achievement Award: Ray Burley, Bering Consultants

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16th Annual Silent Auction wrap-up!
OMCA
A big THANK YOU goes out to everyone who participated in the 16th Annual OMCA Silent Auction. You bid early — you bid often — and made the event a huge success! Thanks to your generous donations and enthusiasm, we were able to raise $21,740 for the OMCA Development Fund. We're already planning how to make next year's Silent Auction in Ottawa bigger and better than ever! We look forward to seeing you there.
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2013 Tuition Awards
OMCA
Four students enrolled in travel and tourism programs were chosen by the Development Committee for this year's tuition awards. The recipients are as follows:

• Rikki Cavanaugh - University of Guelph, Guelph, ON
• Kelsey MacDonald - Fanshawe College, London, ON
• Hildegard van Niekerk - University of Guelph, Guelph, ON
• Michael McMaster - Mohawk College, Hamilton, ON

All four students attended the Tuesday lunch at the Conference & Marketplace for the award presentation and were given an overview of the Marketplace by members of the Development Committee. The students also had an opportunity to sit with buyers at their booths to observe Marketplace appointments in action. Thank you to all our supporters who donated and bid during the Silent Auction — your efforts make it possible for OMCA to give out tuition awards to these outstanding individuals.

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Silent Auction items up for grabs!
OMCA
We have four gifts from the 16th Annual Silent Auction that are up for grabs and available for purchase. If you are interested in purchasing one or more of the gifts below, send a direct email to info@omca.com specifying the item(s) of interest. The item(s) will go to the person(s) whose email is first received.
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Reminder: Thursday Nov. 21 is Driver Licence Status Check Day
OMCA
This is a reminder to all subscribers to OMCA's Driver Licence Status Check program that the fourth and final Status Check for 2013 will occur on Thursday Nov. 21. Subscribers need to be sure their roster is updated in our system prior to 5 p.m. that day. Anyone needing help with system issues can contact Dave Carroll at dave@omca.com
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Tourism boom misses Canada
The Globe and Mail
Canada boasts world-class destinations such as the Rockies and Niagara Falls, but it's missing out on a global tourism boom, costing the economy billions of dollars a year. The number of international visitors to Canada has plunged 20 per cent since 2000 even as global travel soars, according to a sobering report being released by Deloitte Canada.

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Showcase Canada-Asia brings stellar returns for Canadian travel industry
Canadian Tourism Commission
There's no business like tourism business. The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) has just concluded the 2013 edition of Showcase Canada-Asia, its top B2B event outside Canada. "The focus for sellers this year was developing the independent travel sector, which has experienced substantial growth in the past year," says Jon Mamela, CTC vice-president, International.

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An open letter to tour company suppliers
By Shebby Lee
I am a writer. Not surprisingly, I like to have my work read. Mostly I write tour descriptions, ad copy, newsletters or blogs encouraging prospective customers to book tours. But there are other uses for my golden prose, and it always surprises me that more travel professionals don't take advantage of these opportunities to get to know their current and prospective clients better.

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International tourism group teams up with National Geographic
CBC News
A new project with the National Geographic Society is causing some excitement among promoters of tourism in northwestern Ontario and Minnesota. The Heart of the Continent Partnership will pay National Geographic close to $200,000 to host an interactive website featuring the region.
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The tour planner's challenge
By Shebby Lee
As a receptive operator, I have been designing custom tours for — let's just say — a number of years now, and it has occurred to me that few people comprehend just how many divergent elements go into planning such a tour. While it has been hugely satisfying in many ways, it has also presented challenges I never could have imagined. And I have learned a great deal, which perhaps you might be interested in hearing about. One of the first things I learned is that there is a huge difference between planning an itinerary for a preformed group and a tour program that you plan to offer to the general public.
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Tourism Industry Association of Ontario hosts the 2013 Ontario Tourism Summit
Canada Newswire
The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) is honoured to be hosting the 2013 Ontario Tourism Summit and the Ontario Tourism Awards at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Now in it's 9th year, the Summit is a well-recognized forum for the tourism industry to learn the latest trends, share new ideas and best practices, and network with colleagues.
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Choose a motor coach tour for your next getaway
Hamilton Spectator
There are many reasons to choose a motor coach tour for your next getaway. Travelling by motor coach is a very comfortable and relaxing experience. Compared to a standard bus, motor coaches have more spacious seating, a smoother ride, and onboard amenities like movies and washrooms.
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