TORONTO, Jan. 30, 2013 /CNW/ -
Who: NorthPark Center, Dallas' premier shopping destination will kick off a
city wide Canada Appreciation Month promotion. Official launch ceremony includes performances from French
Canadian singer/songwriter France Joli, unveiling of the Canadian flag
and singing of O Canada.
Where: SouthCourt - NorthPark Center, 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas,
When: Friday, February 1 - 11:00-11:30 a.m. EST/10:00 - 10:30 a.m. - CST
Welcome from Anthony Wilkinson, Director of Tourism, NorthPark Center, followed by speeches from Paula Caldwell St-Onge, Consul General Of Canada-South Central US and
Dave Krupinski, Vice President, Tourism, Dallas Convention & Visitors
Bureau. France Joli will sing O Canada accompanied by local choir Resounding Harmony and the Canadian flag will
be unveiled at SouthCourt.
Note: ***B-roll/video of the launch ceremony at NorthPark Center in Dallas
will be made available on Friday, February 1 at 3:00 p.m. (EST)/2:00 p.m. (CST). Click on FTP site - http://ftp.northparkcntr.com, username: ftp-canada, password: canada
What: NorthPark Center (www.northparkcenter.com) is inviting Canadians to 'shop until they drop' during Canada Appreciation Month. For the month of February, NorthPark Center and preferred accommodation partners will raise Canadian flags in
honour of their northern neighbours and offer enticing "shop and stay
packages" exclusively for Canadians. Dallas Convention & Visitors
Bureau is also showing their appreciation with some of the top
attractions in Dallas on board providing special offers and deals for
Why: Canada is the second largest source of international visitor arrivals to
Texas. According to Statistics Canada, approximately 419,000 Canadians visited Texas in 2011 spending $343 million in the
state. In the first two quarters of 2012, approximately 240,000
Canadians visited Texas spending $226 million (represents an increase
of 13 per cent vs spending for same time period in 2011).
With the Canadian dollar hovering around par with the U.S. dollar,
increased personal exemptions on purchases outside of Canada that came
into effect mid 2012, and tax-free shopping (www.taxfreetexas.com) in Texas, spending a weekend or multi-day vacation shopping in Dallas
leaves Canadian visitors with more money in hand.
SOURCE: NorthPark Center
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