Media Advisory - Bollywood star Akshay Kumar carries the Olympic Flame and
meets with media in Toronto Dec. 17

TORONTO, Dec. 15 /CNW/ - Akshay Kumar, Indian superstar of more than 120 films, is heading to "Bollywood North" to run with the Olympic Flame in Toronto on Dec. 17.

Known as the Brad Pitt of India, Bollywood's hottest actor will attend a special media availability prior to his run. Kumar will discuss his thoughts on being a torchbearer and his ties to Canada, which he calls his home away from home.

    
    Location:    The Fairmont Royal York
                 Tudor 7 and 8
                 100 Front Street West
                 Toronto, ON

    Date:        Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009

    Time:        3:00 p.m.
    

Media are asked to RSVP to Jitka Licenik and to bring identification.

Akshay Kumar is an international torchbearer with the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay, presented by Coca-Cola and RBC and supported by the Government of Canada. He will be running on Yonge St. between Gloucester St. and Breadalbane St. at approximately 6:10 p.m.

Media will be able to call in to the press conference. Details to follow in a second media advisory on Dec. 16.

Photos:

Photos of Kumar's torch run and Toronto tourism experiences will be available shortly after his run time at: http://ctc.pathfireondemand.com/main.action

Footage:

A satellite feed of Kumar's torch run and Toronto tourism experiences will be available to the Indian, European and North American markets. Details to follow on Dec. 16.

Footage will also be available at CTC's Video Portal website at 11:00 a.m. on Dec. 18: http://ctc.pathfireondemand.com/main.action

SOURCE Canadian Tourism Commission

For further information: For further information: Jitka Licenik, Corporate Communications Advisor, Canadian Tourism Commission, Tel: (604) 638-2482, Cell: (604) 377-4574, licenik.jitka@ctc-cct.ca, www.mediacentre.canada.travel; Kathryn Hanley, Hill & Knowlton, Tel: (416) 416-4754, Cell: (416) 884-5857, Kathryn.hanley@hillandknowlton.ca; Nina Kalos, Hill & Knowlton, Tel: (416) 413-4642, Cell: (416) 727-0642, nina.kalos@hillandknowlton.ca

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