Canadian tourism launches web site

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OTTAWA--The Canadian Tourism Commission has launched a Web site designed to allow companies involved in Canadian tourism to better communicate with each other as well as advertise to each other.

The site, called Canadian Tourism Exchange, provides reports, statistics and industry news and provides advertising opportunities to member companies. So far, 9,000 businesses are registered in the tourism database, but the government expects as many as 40,000 companies to sign up within the next couple of years.

"Today, more and more Canadians in tourism are turning to the Internet to overcome the communications difficulties that many in the industry face due to Canada's geographical vastness," says tourism commission President-CEO Doug Fyfe. The Commission was created by the federal government in 1995 to help the tourism industry maintain and improve its position in the global tourismmarket.

Copyright May 1999, Crain Communications Inc.

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