Industry leaders say plan will boost tourism in Toronto and Ontario
TORONTO, March 6, 2014 /CNW/ - Tourism industry leaders support Porter's
proposal to add service to more destinations from Billy Bishop Toronto
City Airport, saying it will benefit the tourism and hospitality sector
in Toronto and throughout Ontario.
The Ontario Restaurant, Hotel and Motel Association, the Greater Toronto
Hotel Association, the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario, and the
Metro Toronto Convention Centre have made official submissions to
Toronto City Council to express their support for Porter's plans to add
jet service from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.
"I have no doubt that if Porter receives the approval of city council to
move forward with this initiative, the hospitality industry and the
city will see direct benefits," said Tony Elenis, president and CEO of
the Ontario Restaurant, Hotel and Motel Association. "Porter's proposal
will be an economic catalyst and I am confident that we will see more
room customers and increase our ability to showcase Toronto as the
first-class city it is."
A City of Toronto study confirmed that an increase in tourism will
result in more spending, specifically in Toronto's accommodation, arts
and entertainment, and sporting sectors, in the range of $134 million
"Overnight stays from United States have increased for the third year in
a row to 2.18 million, which is a positive sign for our industry as the
United States economy shows signs of rebounding," said Terry Mundell,
president and CEO of the Greater Toronto Hotel Association. "High-value
American visitors arriving in Toronto by air now make up 61 per cent of
all U.S. visitors, up from 51 per cent five years ago. Porter has been
instrumental in this growth to date and can become an even greater
catalyst by adding more routes."
The city's Economic Impact Study estimated that approval of Porter's
plan to add destinations such as Vancouver, Calgary, California and
Florida will result in more than $250 million of incremental economic
impact and 2,000 new jobs.
"I strongly support the economic spin-off that Porter's proposal will
provide to the tourism and hospitality industry," said Barry Smith,
president and CEO of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. "Porter's
leading role in revitalizing the downtown airport has meant a great
deal to convention centre business, and has made getting to this
location much more convenient."
Porter proposes introducing jet aircraft at Billy Bishop Airport that
meet strict existing noise limits. A runway extension of up to 200
metres into the water at each end will stay within the airport's
existing marine boundaries and not affect traditional boat traffic.
More information is available at www.porterplans.com.
"Porter has proven its ability to attract passengers to Toronto and
throughout Ontario, which has been of great benefit for the tourism
industry," said Beth Potter, president and CEO of the Tourism Industry
Association of Ontario. "Porter's proposal is great for downtown, great
for the city, great for the province and great for business."
About Porter Airlines
Porter Airlines has revolutionized short-haul flying with a warm and
effortless approach to hospitality, restoring glamour and refinement to
air travel. Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline® in the World Airline
Star Rating® by Skytrax, and rated Best Small Airline in the world by
Condé Nast Traveler's Readers Choice Awards.
The airline currently offers flights to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal,
Quebec City, Moncton, Halifax, St. John's, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste.
Marie, Sudbury, Timmins, Windsor, New York (Newark), Chicago (Midway),
Boston, Washington (Dulles) and has seasonal flights to Mt. Tremblant,
Que., Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Burlington, Vt. Vacation packages are
available from Porter Escapes at www.porterescapes.com.
Visit www.flyporter.com or call (888) 619-8622 for more information.
SOURCE: Porter Airlines Inc.
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