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Buyer update: Registration, online profiles, and brochures
Conference is fast approaching and appointment selection is right around the corner on Monday, Sept. 16. For those who have not yet registered, we still have a few spots left.

For buyers already registered, we ask that you send three (3) copies of your company brochure to the OMCA office, and ensure your online profile is updated and complete by Oct. 18. Delegates will be referencing these materials online and on-site to find out more about your company and determine appointment requests. Please note that the brochures and profile, in addition to attending all scheduled appointments, are part of the Buyer program agreement. Brochures can be sent to OMCA at 555 Burnhamthorpe Road, Suite 505, Toronto, ON, M9C 2Y3, Canada.

To update your profile, view dates to remember, accommodations, and more, visit:
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OMCA Hockey Festival receives great response at Golf Tournament
Thank you to all those who have shown an interest in this year's OMCA Hockey Festival! To date, close to 35 players have shown an interest! Such greats as Jeff "The Great One" Andison (Hilton Niagara), Warren "Punch" Delany (Cherrey Bus Lines) and the Laplante brothers, Marc and Ivan (417 Bus Lines — a.k.a. "The Rocket" and "The Pocket") will be participating! Michael Dubeau may even turn this into a Hall of Fame event! Greyhound and Pacific Western could also have something in the works!

Teams representing certain cities are being finalized, jerseys are being produced, and "the draft" will be taking place on Sept. 20, so register for this event while space is still available (we currently have space for 20 more players but space will go quickly)! Remember, proceeds go to two very worthy causes: the OMCA Development Fund and the Mary Lynn Higgins Youth Fund. For an application form and more information, please contact John Temple at or 1-800-465-1532.

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Pacific Western Toronto's new brand: Safely Home
Pacific Western Toronto is delighted to announce to the public and their industry partners their new company identity of Safely Home. Toronto General Manager, Dean Wright explains, "We are proud to reinforce our convictions and Core Values with Safely Home as it represents our deepest commitment to Safety and is the ultimate promise Pacific Western Toronto makes to each other, to the communities where we operate, and to the customers and employees that we value deeply. Safety has always been at the core of everything we do including safety programs, safety training and safety technology."

Safely Home is more than a slogan:
• It means taking safety seriously on a personal level throughout their company.
• It's about making good choices for themselves, their co-workers, passengers and the public
• It is a declaration of their absolute commitment to safety in everything they do and, ultimately, it is about getting each and every one of their passengers and Employees Safely Home at the end of each and every journey
• Safely home is the heart of the Pacific Western Group of Companies

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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!

Industry News

Chinese market continues growth
Travel Industry Today
In 2012, China was the fourth largest "exporter" of outbound travellers and by 2017 it is expected to become the world's largest source market for tourism. Perhaps unsurprisingly, nine of the top 10 most visited countries by Chinese travellers are in the region (the U.S. being the lone exception at number 7). The information compiled by Euromonitor International shows Canada at number 22 on a list of 25, with 243,000 trips from China to Canada in 2012.
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CIBC: Toronto's strong economy to score big from 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games
Canada Newswire
Toronto's economy, already the strongest among Canada's major cities, is likely to get a significant boost from the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games both from increased tourism and capital spending on sports venues and infrastructure projects, finds a new report from CIBC World Markets.
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Film tourism continues growth with TCM's classic movie bus tour
By Chay Rees Runnels
Visitors to New York City have a new way to experience the Big Apple. Turner Classic Movies recently partnered with On Location Tours to offer a themed bus tour focusing on classic movies. The tour features stops that appeal to classic movie buffs and includes both iconic sites, like the Empire State Building featured in "King Kong," along with harder-to-find sites, like the location where Marilyn Monroe's skirt flew up in "The Seven Year Itch." While not new, film tourism continues to be an area of growth for the tourism industry.
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Autumn leaves in Canada: Where to watch fall foliage change colour
The Huffington Post
The idea of taking a vacation now might be in the rearview mirror now, but a weekend road trip in any of Canada's 10 provinces is sure to be worthwhile for anyone who loves fall's colours without having to leave the comforts of home. These top destinations for leaf peeping might not be in your actual backyard, but at least one of them is bound to be right next door.
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Ontario proud partner of the Toronto International Film Festival
Government of Ontario
Ontario is proud to play a leading role in supporting the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). TIFF has grown to become one of the top film festivals in the world, while at the same time Ontario has emerged as one of the largest film and television production centres in North America.
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2014 may be challenging for tourism operators looking for workers
Parksville Qualicum Beach News
Regional studies of labour demand indicate that more than 100,000 job openings are expected by 2020, but all of British Columbia's six tourism regions could face labour shortages as early as 2014, including Parksville Qualicum Beach.
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Hong Kong launches electric bus in drive against pollution
CTV News
Hong Kong's first battery-powered public bus took to the streets as part of a drive against the city's choking pollution. Chief executive Leung Chun-ying has pledged to make pollution one of his top priorities during his five-year term, with an official report saying it was the "greatest daily health risk" to the city's residents.

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OMCA responds to The Globe and Mail's attack on tour buses
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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The world's 10 coolest buses
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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Senators' Leeder steps down from 2017 tourism initiative
Ottawa Business Journal
Cyril Leeder will no longer be a part of a group, which includes Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and two city councillors, that is planning the city's celebrations for Canada's 150th birthday in 2017 — a tourism initiative in which Mr. Watson has invested significant energy.
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Port Hope to be featured in Ontario tourism video
Northumberland News
Port Hope tourism appeal was the focal point of filming in the municipality's historic downtown. Downtown Port Hope was abuzz recently with film crews shooting various scenes to be used by the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC). Crews were busy filming and shooting photos for use in the OTMPC's "Small Town Charm" campaign expected to launch in 2014, which will be distributed in provincial, national and international publications.
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Guelph will do its own tourism after checking outsourcing possibilities
Guelph Mercury
Guelph visited the idea of outsourcing its tourism services, but is packing up the idea and returning to doing them in-house. After a request for proposals process had little in the way of attractions, city staff is recommending that city hall continue to operate tourism services as it long has done.
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