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Tourism Industry Welcomes Federal Marketing  Investment in the US


GROSSE ĪLE, QC, May 22, 2015 -  Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced his government's support for Connecting America, the Tourism Industry Association of Canada's (TIAC) marketing proposal to attract US visitors to Canada.

The federal government has pledged to invest $30M over three years in a partnering formula to re-enter the United States with a strategically-aligned and innovative leisure marketing campaign led by the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC).
"By investing in US marketing, the government has responded to the top priority of tourism businesses across the country," stated Charlotte Bell, TIAC President and CEO. "During our Tourism Town Hall consultations across Canada, industry has been unanimous in their desire to get back in the US market and take advantage of the recovering US economy, record high passport ownership and the favourable exchange rate."
While Canada currently welcomes 11.5 million American visitors yearly spending over $7 billion to the economy annually, these numbers are down 24% from a decade ago. Connecting America will target US leisure travellers and raise awareness of Canada's world class hospitality and tourism experiences.
Small and medium sized businesses comprise 98% of Canada's tourism sector.Connecting America is estimated to generate up to $400M in new spending and 2 900 new jobs across the country. 
"Tourism is a fiercely competitive global industry where ease of access, world-class experiences and strength of marketing voice define advantage. TIAC continues to work through the Federal Tourism Strategy to improve conditions for tourism businesses to generate wealth and create jobs in communities across Canada," concluded Bell.
TIAC wishes to acknowledge the support of the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism, Blake Richards, MP and Chair of the Parliamentary Tourism Caucus and the parliamentarians, provincial governments and industry activists that worked on this initiative.

About the Tourism Industry Association of Canada

The Tourism Industry Association of Canada is the only national organization representing the full cross-section of Canada's $88.5 billion tourism industry. TIAC's members include air and passenger rail services, airport authorities, local and provincial destination authorities, hotels, attractions and tour operators.

Rob Taylor

15 April 2014

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By Steve Kayser. One of the most celebrated events in American business is the initial public offering (IPO). Many see it as a transforming event that ensures a company's long-term survival, signifies an arrival into the business big leagues, and creates wealth - sometimes almost unbelievable wealth.  Currently, in the U.S., there are approximately 17,000 public companies.  So, why would a company actually choose to remain a private company?

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We have been doing it for decades.  Our company, Cincom Systems, is a privately held software company that was founded in 1968. We have thousands of customers on six continents and specialize in providing software, services, and hosting to simplify the management of complex business processes. Cincom employs over 1,100 people worldwide and competes with companies like Oracle, SAP, Siebel, and others.

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This never hurt us when competing against our well-branded and publicly funded competitors in the industry.  In fact, it helped us to develop innovative, flexible, and adaptive ways of thinking along with well-honed and passionately articulated value propositions.  We have continued to pioneer software innovation in our rapidly changing business environment.  Surrounded by well-financed competitors, Cincom has an impressive list of "firsts" in the software industry.  In 1984, President Ronald Reagan hailed Cincom as "the epitome of the entrepreneurial spirit of American business," and we're recognized by the prestigious Smithsonian Institute as one of "the pioneers and builders" of the software industry.

When compiling reasons not to go public, one stands out above all the others:  freedom.  Remaining a private company gives us the freedom to make decisions based on the needs of our clients, not the demands of the shareholders.  It helps us to make bold business decisions and to create innovation by acting on these bold decisions.  We are free from excessive regulatory burdens and free to adjust to changes in the business environment as we see fit.  By avoiding the lure of public financing, we are free to control our own destiny.

Another clear advantage of remaining a private company is that it is much easier to create a unique corporate culture. If you value loyalty, a fair balance between work and family, and community involvement, then you are free as a private company to promote and reward these values.  At Cincom, we have created a unique, family-oriented atmosphere that encourages openness and a sense of ownership in the organization we call the "Cincommunity."   For this reason, we have attracted an incredibly loyal and committed team, with very low turnover. At the senior-management level, it is not unusual to have 25 years of tenure with Cincom.

Additionally, our customers remain astoundingly loyal because we base our decisions on customer rather than shareholder needs. Ultimately, what has made Cincom successful is being a customer-driven organization. As a result, we have an extremely high average tenure among our clients, some as long as 30 years. 

For almost 40 years, we have shown that it is possible to run with "the big boys" as a private company, and we will continue to innovate the software business for decades to come.  For now, it is clear that an IPO is a "no-go" for us. For more information or to set up an interview with Steve Kayser for a story, please contact Jay Wilke at 727-443-7115, ext. 223

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About Cincom: Privately held Cincom Systems sells both strategic enterprise software products and support capabilities for clients looking to develop applications internally. The company competes directly with global giants like Oracle and SAP by offering comparable products at a fraction of the cost and deployment time. To help clients consolidate their vendor channels, the company now offers hosting, outsourcing, and other IT services, again at a lower price. The company's sales network was built around marketing partnerships, and new relationships are continually pursued. Asia is viewed as a key growth market. ROIC has averaged 80% over the last decade while earnings have grown 700% in five years. Management is seeking expansion opportunities.

Jay Wilke, Event Management Services, Inc.

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