The Road Explorer - Fall 2017 - 8

ISSUESUPDATE
2018 IIHF World Junior
Championship Provides Border
Planner Tool Opportunity

OMCA has been working together
with the Buffalo and Fort Erie
Public Bridge Authority (PBA), the
Niagara Falls Bridge Commission
(NFBC) and border services agencies
in an ongoing effort to promote
the use of the Border Planner tool.
With the 2018 IIHF World Junior
Championship returning to Buffalo
this year, proactively planning a
coach's approach to the border could
prove more valuable than ever.
Border Planner is an online portal
available to charter, coach and tour
operators planning to cross the
border in the Buffalo-Niagara region.
By pre-identifying the estimated
day and time of arrival, as well
as the number and citizenship of
passengers, port authorities and border
agencies are able to better prepare
for the arrival of the coaches.
The tool has come under some
criticism, mainly for an inability to
guarantee "front of the line" privileges
for users. Value depends largely on
usage, meaning the more companies
that use it, the better it works. With
thousands expected to descend upon
the Buffalo-Niagara area between
December 26, 2017, and January 5,
2018, the Border Planner is a more
valuable resource than ever.
Communication will be key during this
busy time. For the motor coach sector

this means drawing attention to the
availability of the tool and encouraging
usage. Charter, coach and tour operators
crossing in the Buffalo-Niagara region
are strongly encouraged to begin
using Border Planner now to increase
familiarity and help spread the word to
other industry partners. With usage,
value will undoubtedly be actualized in
advance of the busy December-January
travel period.
In preparation for the World
Juniors, OMCA will continue to
work closely with traffic and border
management partners in the region,
including Peace Bridge Authority,
Niagara Falls Bridge Commission,
Pegula Sports and Entertainment,
U.S. Customs and Border Protection,
Canada Border Services Agency, and
Niagara International Transportation
Technology Coalition.
According to a recent NEXUS press
release, other efforts to keep the border
running smoothly during the events
include the following:
* Sharing advanced and real-time ticket
data regarding games with potential
high-volume traffic;
* Vetting participating team/country
rosters prior to border arrival to help
expedite review process;
* Implementing strategic Customs
primary inspection lane staffing plans
throughout the tournament;
* Providing additional plaza support
staff and lane management staff to
help traffic flow;

* Working with motor coach and tour
operators to provide information and
passenger manifestos to help expedite
the Customs inspection process;
* Consistently communicating
suggested best crossing times to fans
and motorists through social media
and other public communications and
traffic apps;
* Promoting the NEXUS program and
expediting interview processes for
those who apply online and are vetted
in late September or early October;
* Working with elected officials and
other public/governmental entities to
distribute information about border
travel and the NEXUS program
around the games;
* Implementing a specific traffic
management plan for the U.S. versus
Canada outdoor game date;
* Coordinating with local law
enforcement (New York State
Troopers, Ontario Provincial Police,
etc.) to assist in efficient traffic
management and potential violation
processing on game days.
Travellers are encouraged to expect
delays and plan accordingly. Using
available websites, travellers, tour
operators and charters can determine
peak traffic times and make efforts
to travel during off-peak times
when possible.
For industry, Border Planner will be
crucial. More information can be found
here: http://bit.ly/RdExpNexusChamp.

Ontario College of Trades

From the Ontario College of Trades
website: "The Ontario College of Trades
is an industry-driven, professional
regulatory body that protects the
public by regulating and promoting
the skilled trades. One of the main
responsibilities of the college is to ensure
that individuals performing the skills of
compulsory trades have the training and
certification required to legally practise
this trade in Ontario."
Coach operators employing trades
personnel are subject to visits by
inspectors in an effort to ensure
compliance with the Ontario College
of Trades and Apprenticeship Act.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Road Explorer - Fall 2017

Industry Voice
Issues Update
Regulatory Update
Industry Controls Its Response to U.S. Travel Ban
Will Competition From Airbnb Disrupt the Travel Industry? It Depends on Who You Ask
OMCA’s 2017 Golf Tournament
Badder Bus Operations
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Travel Highlights Marketplace
Classifieds
Index of Advertisers
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The Road Explorer - Fall 2017 - 6
The Road Explorer - Fall 2017 - Industry Voice
The Road Explorer - Fall 2017 - Issues Update
The Road Explorer - Fall 2017 - 9
The Road Explorer - Fall 2017 - 10
The Road Explorer - Fall 2017 - 11
The Road Explorer - Fall 2017 - 12
The Road Explorer - Fall 2017 - Regulatory Update
The Road Explorer - Fall 2017 - Industry Controls Its Response to U.S. Travel Ban
The Road Explorer - Fall 2017 - 15
The Road Explorer - Fall 2017 - Will Competition From Airbnb Disrupt the Travel Industry? It Depends on Who You Ask
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The Road Explorer - Fall 2017 - OMCA’s 2017 Golf Tournament
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The Road Explorer - Fall 2017 - Badder Bus Operations
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The Road Explorer - Fall 2017 - Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
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