There were no tourism businesses selected in Canada's capital to represent that brand. Ottawa Citizen blogger Ken Gray was quick to defend Ottawa and argued it should be placed on the same pedestal other unique North American cities like San Francisco, Montreal and New York. Toronto Star travel editor Jim Byers disagrees with Gray that Ottawa is that great, but then again, he says his beloved Toronto isn't up to the same standard as those cities, either.
He instead concedes the physical beauty of British Columbia almost justifies it has more companies representing the province than any other on the list. This could also have something to do with the fact the CTC is based in Vancouver, or that the 2010 Olympics gave a massive boost to B.C.'s tourism budget. But that doesn't explain why Ottawa has been left off the list entirely.
Canada hasn't been shy about its recent push for tourists. With the visit of Prince William and his new bride Catherine still fresh in everyone's minds, as well as new 10-year multiple entry visas now available to foreign visitors, our country is hoping to see a lot of new faces. While the CTC is trying to convince people to come and visit, Ottawa is worried it won't share the tourism dollars evenly.
"We're the nation's capital," said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson in a CTV story. "Tourism's the third-largest industry here, we have a lot to offer and to be left off the list by the CTC . . . I don't think it's intentional but I think it was a big mistake."
The commission says the list of 48 tourism companies is just a start and will hopefully be expanded to 100 by the end of the year. Watson may have a few choice words for the CTC (for which, ironically, he used to be the president and CEO) if Ottawa doesn't make it on the extended list.