Canadian Paralympic Committee joins forces with leading Canadian travel brands to launch GO CANADA



    Canada's 2010 Paralympic Team to benefit from sales of travel products

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC)
and gold medalist Paralympic athlete Joanne Kelly today joined Flight Centre,
VIA Rail, Brewster Inc., and LUG to launch www.gocanadatravel.ca.
    The website www.gocanadatravel.ca will offer travel products and trips
from Flight Centre, VIA Rail, Brewster Inc., LUG and the Resorts of the
Canadian Rockies. A portion of sales made on the site will be donated to the
Canadian Paralympic Committee.
    The announcement took place on the spectacular Columbia Icefield where
Brewster Inc. unveiled a fully accessible GO CANADA branded Ice Explorer. The
massive Ice Explorer is part of the Columbia Icefield Glacier Experience,
which takes visitors on a remarkable 90-minute adventure onto the surface of
Athabasca Glacier.
    "Brewster is very proud to be part of this unique partnership to support
our Paralympic athletes," said Michael Hannan, President & CEO, Brewster Inc.
"GO CANADA will enable us to connect with Canadian travelers to support
Paralympic athletes, as well as showcase Canada as a welcoming tourist
destination for persons with a disability."
    The partnership also highlights the commitment of each of the partners to
providing accessible travel solutions to the 9.9 million Canadians with a
disability.
    "Flight Centre, through its recently launched Accessible Travel division,
is very proud to be involved in the launch of the GO CANADA initiative which
will serve an important role in both supporting our Paralympic athletes while
also helping showcase all that Canada has to offer." said Craig Doherty,
Flight Centre VP of Strategic Partnerships.
    GO CANADA is a unique collaboration to raise funds and awareness for
Canada's Paralympic athletes as they go for gold in 2010.
    "Poised to have the highest ranked finish ever of a Canadian Team at a
Paralympic Games, our Paralympic athletes are a great source of national
pride. Their performances will change how persons with a disability are
perceived in Canada," said Carla Qualtrough, President, Canadian Paralympic
Committee. "The resulting increase in accessible products and services is one
of the richest legacies a host country of a Paralympic Games can experience.
We are very proud to be partnering with companies who recognise this."
    To buy products and services that will support Canadian Paralympic
athletes go for gold in 2010 visit GO CANADA at www.gocanadatravel.ca.

    About the Canadian Paralympic Committee

    The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) is a non-profit, private
organization with 42 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening
the Paralympic Movement by empowering Canadians with a disability through
sport. The CPC is responsible for managing the team of athletes who represent
Canada at Paralympic Games. By supporting Canadian Paralympic athletes and
promoting their success, the CPC inspires all Canadians with a disability to
get involved in sport through programs delivered by our members. For more
information visit, www.paralympic.ca

    About Brewster Inc.

    Brewster Inc. has set a high standard of excellence for travelling in
Western Canada and the Canadian Rockies for 117 years. As a leader in the
Canadian tourism industry, Brewster provides an integrated system through
multiple businesses to ultimately deliver outstanding travel experiences to
its one million annual guests. Brewster's operating divisions include three
must-see attractions (Banff Gondola, Minnewanka Lake Cruise, Columbia Icefield
Glacier Experience) two hotels (Mount Royal Hotel and Glacier View Inn)
independent and group package tour operations (Brewster Vacations Canada) and
a motor coach fleet with award-winning driver guides (Brewster Motorcoach
Charter Services, Airport & Resort Shuttle and Sightseeing Excursions). For
more information and images, visit www.Brewster.ca.

    About Flight Centre

    Flight Centre (Canada) is a leading retailer of travel products and
services for the leisure and corporate markets. Flight Centre's presence in
Canada includes more than 150 shops & businesses and over 1,000 staff across
the country. www.flightcentre.ca





For further information:

For further information: Joanna Buckingham, Brewster Inc., Tel: (403)
762-7475, Cell: (403) 431-2053, JBuckingham@brewster.ca; Anna Parisi, Canadian
Paralympic Committee, Tel: (778) 329-0329, Cell: (604) 828-2875,
anna@paralympic.ca; Allison Wallace, Flight Centre (Canada), Tel: (604)
202-0872, allison.wallace@flightcentre.ca


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