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OMCA Marketplace registration opens March 18
It's been only four months since we wrapped up Marketplace in Toronto last year, but we're now gearing up to present the OMCA Marketplace 2014 in Ottawa, ON! Online registration opens on Tuesday, March 18, so mark your calendars. Our venue and host hotel this year is The Westin Ottawa. For more updates on our annual event, please check our Marketplace page online. Please note that all outstanding invoices must be paid before the option to register opens. If you need any assistance, please contact us at the office.
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Follow us online and get all the info: #OMCA2014
As we're preparing for Marketplace 2014, we want to ensure you have all the information you need at your fingertips. Be sure to check our website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date. Let's get this show on the road! #OMCA2014
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Beat the OTE Registration 'Early Bird' Deadline: Register by Friday, March 21
OTE is less than a month away, April 13-16, and is offering a menu of exceptional educational sessions specifically for coach and school bus operators. Get the latest information on key industry topics and discover new tools that could help improve your operations. OTE is the place to expand your professional network and elevate your business. Take a look at the Program-at-a-Glance and you'll see how this year's OTE business session line-up includes many of the topics and issues facing the motor coach and school bus industry today. Here are just some of the workshops that bus operators won't want to miss:

• What drives coach insurance rates?
• MTO Carrier Safety & Enforcement Branch Update
• The new annual and semi-annual bus inspection standard
• The latest on school bus competitive procurement
• Legal and operational implications of a troubled CVOR
• Dealing effectively with disruptive student behaviour – strategies and techniques
• Emerging issues in workers compensation - how will they impact you?
• How to improve school bus dispatcher effectiveness
• Driver nutrition and wellness
• Special needs school transportation – challenges and solutions
• Driver background checks
• AODA requirements for school bus operators
• MTO's new Driver Certification Program (DCP) — is your organization ready?
• Saving money with propane fuel buses

Click here to view the full OTE conference brochure and detailed session descriptions.

Reserve your place today by registering on-line at

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  St. Jacobs Model Railway Exhibits!

NEW! St. Jacobs & Aberfoyle Model Railway. Over 3,000 sq.ft of O-scale railway scenery with both diesel and steam locomotives travelling the tracks as in the 1950s. A must-see for all ages!

Then visit another amazingly detailed HO-scale railway panorama depicting the Village of St. Jacobs much as it did in the 1940s.

TO2015 will post RFQ for Pan Am/Parapan Am Games this week
OMCA would like to inform its members that the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) will be releasing a request for qualification (RFQ) on or before Friday, March 14, 2014, for the provision of bus services for the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games in July and August of 2015. The Games-time bus system may utilize a combination of motor coaches, transit buses, school buses, minibuses and accessible minibuses, providing transportation for Games participants including, but not limited to, athletes, media, coaches, team officials, referees and judges. The purpose of the RFQ will be to determine firm pricing, vehicle types and availability. The RFQ will be posted on MERX on or before Friday, March 14, 2014, and will close at 4:00 p.m. (ET) Friday, March 21, 2014.
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Industry News

MTO in midst of pan-Northern transportation strategy
Northern Ontario Business
A provincial plan to access the Ring of Fire may be lacking, but for almost three years the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has been quietly working on a major pan-northern planning exercise to support future regional economic development. Known as the Northern Ontario Multimodal Transportation Strategy, the multi-year study is directly tied into the Liberal government's implementation of the Northern Growth Plan.
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Groups Shouldn't Stay Anywhere Else!

There is no better way to visit Atlantic City - by yourself or with a group - than by bus or motor coach. Hop on one with one of the participating bus companies and you'll receive front-door service to Resorts Casino Hotel.
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Border shakeup could have tax consequences for snowbirds
Financial Post
Canadian and U.S. authorities are about to make a dramatic shift in the way they determine the residency of individuals who split their time between both countries, and snowbirds unprepared for the changes could face serious tax consequences. "The goal is to make Canadians live up to the rule against spending more than six months in the U.S.," says Matt Altro, chief executive of Montreal-based MCA Cross Border Advisors.
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Pauline Marois: Canadian tourists could still visit independent Quebec without borders or tolls after split
National Post
Quebec would welcome Canadian tourists without borders or tolls if the hardliners in her party got their way and the province split from Canada, Parti Québécois Leader Pauline Marois said recently. She was asked whether an independent Quebec would be more attractive as a tourism destination during a campaign stop in Notre-Dame-des-Bois near Lac-Mégantic.
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Tourism marketing ignores Americans for much too long
The Guardian
It was quite a surprise to hear the Canadian tourism industry has never made a concerted effort to market in the United States on a national scale. Even more alarming is the slashing of tourism marketing in the U.S. by the Canadian government in recent years.
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Will apps soon dominate the travel industry?
Digital Journal called out travel agents in a piece titled "When All Else Fails, Consider a Useless Job." The article states that "the travel agent is no longer necessary." This statement drew a great deal of ire from Paul M. Ruden, the vice-president of the American Society of Travel Agents who called the article, "as insulting as it is inaccurate."
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Outgoing Ottawa Gatineau Hotel Association president looks back on 14 years of tourism in Ottawa
Ottawa Business Journal
Ottawa's tourism industry has transformed in many ways during the last decade and a half. And no one has been closer to those changes than Dick Brown. The president of the Ottawa Gatineau Hotel Association says that when he first started in the job, the premier could have announced millions of dollars in new funding for tourism to the capital and received 10 different answers about how it should be spent.
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Transat expected to post first-quarter loss
The Globe and Mail
If there were ever a winter that should be good for tour operators such as Transat A.T., this is it. With many Canadians desperate to get away from the frigid and snowy weather, shouldn't it be a banner year for any company carrying passengers to warm destinations? But winters can actually be tough on tour operators, because flight cancellations and bad operating conditions add costs.

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In defence of escorted tours
There are several aspects of travel that annoy me no end: airports' obsession with deodorant, notes in bathrooms urging me to help the hotel save the planet, food poisoning. Few things, though, irritate me as much as the contumely heaped generally upon escorted tours and specifically on coach holidays.

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New regulatory requirements for mandatory worker and supervisor awareness training as of July 1, 2014
As of July 1, 2014, employers (with the exception of federally regulated businesses such as extra-provincial bus companies) will have to ensure everyone defined as a "worker" under the Occupational Health & Safety Act completes a basic awareness training program as soon as practicable.

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Arrow Bus Lines operated a substantial transportation network
The Wellington Advertiser
We do not know a lot about what was, for a few decades, a vital means of transportation. Intercity bus lines emerged during the 1920s, and the early years were a fascinating free-for-all in terms of new companies and routes, types of equipment, and few regulatory requirements. Interestingly, buses began to thrive at the same time that railways reached their peak in terms of passenger service and passenger-miles.
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