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    Federal Budget Rolls Out Welcome Mat to American Tourists OTTAWA, ON, April 21, 2015 - "Today's federal budget promises to improve Canada's global competitiveness in attracting US visitors, and strengthen the travel industry's ability to create jobs and wealth for Canadians in every region," stated Charlotte Bell, President and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC). The federal budget includes important measures for the Canadian travel and tourism industry, specifically a commitment to invest in TIAC's Connecting America marketing proposal. Under the proposal, the federal government will match industry investment dollar-for-dollar to re-engage American interest in Canada as a travel destination through a Canadian Tourism Commission-led marketing campaign. The government will be consulting with industry over the coming weeks to determine the amount. "The United States is Canada's largest and most important tourism source market. With a recovering US economy, record high passport ownership and a favourable exchange rate, the timing is perfect for a nationally-aligned marketing campaign to regain the nearly 4 million American visitors we have lost annually since 2001," added Bell. Global travel is a fiercely competitive sector where quality of experience, ease of access, and price-point define advantage. Canada's competitiveness as a travel destination requires more than effective marketing. Our brand promise can only be fulfilled through efficient and affordable access, and memorable, world-class experiences. Through the Federal Tourism Strategy TIAC is engaged with numerous federal departments and agencies to improve industry performance. The Budget includes other measures to facilitate visitation including the expansion of the electronic travel authorization program to remove visa requirements from the key emerging markets of Mexico and Brazil. The Budget also commits to enhance experiential tourism through investments in Canada's 150th birthday celebrations in 2017, as well as infrastructure investments in public transit, museums, cultural centres and historic sites. "TIAC wishes to recognize the work of the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism in initiating this project as well as the support of Blake Richards, MP and Chair of the Parliamentary Tourism Caucus and the parliamentarians and industry activists that worked diligently to support and promote these initiatives. TIAC looks forward to working with the CTC and industry partners to deliver a significant return on this investment of public trust and funds in our dynamic industry," concluded Bell.
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    MP Blake Richards delivered the following statement in the House of Commons on April 21st: “Mr. Speaker I rise today to congratulate Mr. Peter Poohkay of Airdrie, Alberta on receiving the French Legion d'Honneur. The Legion d'Honneur is France's highest honour, and is being awarded to all living Canadian veterans of the Second World War who participated in the D-Day landings, and, therefore, contributed to the liberation of France. The awarding of these decorations signifies the continuing special relationship between the nations of Canada and France, which is rooted in the values we share and the liberty we defend. Mr. Speaker, I was honored to join Peter Poohkay's proud family, his comrades at the Royal Canadian Legion Airdrie Branch #288, as well as his many friends from the Balzac United Church in celebrating this prestigious honor on April 7th. And I thank he, and all the other Canadian heroes who have served and sacrificed so that we would remain free.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17VUBqEG6iI&feature=youtu.be
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    It's about time Lord Stanley's Cup returns to it's rightful place...here in Canada. This playoffs there's the best chance we've seen of that happening in years. From my personal favorites, the Calgary Flames - who were the surprise of the year - to the Habs with their MVP Goaltender, Carey Price, to the Ottawa Senators and their incredible run, to the pesky Winnipeg Jets and the Vancouver Canucks who are always a threat. This is going to be the year Canada welcomes back the Stanley Cup. Go Canada Go!
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    As Chair of the Parliamentary Tourism Caucus, I recently had the chance to promote local tourism as part of the Young Canadians Initiative. I am always pleased for the opportunity to encourage youth to travel and work in the tourism sector, it’s a great way for them to meet new people, enjoy new experiences, and gain new perspectives about Canada. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dg46dl8m-yE
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