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Canadian Tourism Commission Game Show reaches for the top - LIVE CANADA challenges major American cities to come up with the right answers

Vancouver, BC, September 9, 2009 – Tourism is a competitive business. Tonight, the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) will host an exclusive group of meeting and event planning executives in six cities across the United States who will simultaneously connect to LIVE CANADA events to learn more about the host country of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games…Canada!

“LIVE CANADA is CTC engaging and connecting with our clients in a whole new way while positioning CTC as a leader in the industry”, said Andrew Clark, the CTC’s VP of Market Development. “We intend to go after this segment of the market vigorously to bring more meeting and convention business into Canada.”

LIVE CANADA is an innovative marketplace that for the first time virtually challenges Meeting, Convention and Incentive Travel (MC&IT) planners from across the US to learn more about the extraordinary experiences available in Canada. The event will be hosted in San Francisco, Dallas, Minneapolis, Chicago, New York and Washington, DC.

Meeting and event planners will sip and savour a few of Canada’s culinary delights, such as icewine from Ontario, artisanal cheese from Quebec and smoked salmon from British Columbia, as they sleuth their way through an onsite trivia scavenger hunt. Hosted by Canadian actor/comedian Colin Mochrie of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” fame, three LIVE CANADA participants will be selected from each city to compete against each other in hopes of winning an all-expense paid VIP trip to Canada.

With warm hospitality and state-of-the-art convention infrastructure set in vibrant cities on the edge of nature, Canada is the perfect host for international meetings and conventions. The global MC&IT market brings in over $2.8 billion to Canada each year and is a priority market for the CTC. MC&IT received stimulus funding from the Canadian government to develop and expand the business travel market.

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About the CTC
The CTC is Canada’s national tourism marketing organization. Our vision is inspiring the world to explore Canada. With our partners in the tourism industry and the governments of Canada, the provinces and the territories, we advertise and market Canada in 12 countries around the world, conduct industry research and studies, and promote product and industry development. For regular updates on CTC initiatives, subscribe to CTC News, available through RSS feeds and by e-mail.

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For further information, please contact:

Marcus Wong
Corporate Communications Advisor
Canadian Tourism Commission
wong [dot] marcus [at] ctc-cct [dot] ca