Premier of Ontario to Attend Snowbird Extravaganza

Posted date : Jan 18, 1999.Back to list

Premier of Canada's Largest Province to Attend Snowbird Extravaganza
Great News for Florida Tourism

Tampa, Florida: The Honourable Mike Harris, Premier of Ontario (Canada) is expected to bring along good news for his province's snowbirds when he speaks at Snowbird Extravaganza this Friday, January 22.

It is anticipated that Premier Harris will announce some very positive health care policy changes for snowbirds in his remarks, which are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. President of Medipac International, producers of Snowbird Extravaganza the largest mature-lifestyle show in North America, is particularly pleased to welcome Premier Harris to the event. "This is an incredible opportunity for many of the 80,000 attendees to hear great news from home, directly from the man who's making the decisions."

Joining Premier Harris as a keynote speaker will be the Honourable Cam Jackson, Minister of Long-Term Care with Responsibility for Seniors. Minister Jackson has committed his political career to the advancement and protection of the rights of Canadian seniors and is the only Minister at both the provincial and federal levels to have this Cabinet position. Minister Jackson will be available to speak with reporters at a press conference on Thursday, January 21, at 1:00 p.m.

"Not only does this year's Extravaganza offer attendees an opportunity to hear positive news," continued Medipac, "it's also a chance for them to enjoy great entertainment provided by the superstars of Branson, Missouri, go cybersurfing at our Internet Café, talk to professionals at a Health & Wellness Center and visit hundreds of exhibitors featuring thousands of products and services. We are the show that Florida residents wait for."

Canadians are heading to Florida in huge numbers this year, thanks to a stronger dollar and record snowfalls at home. The dollar has rallied by two cents in the last week (to 66.5 cents U.S.), and the especially snowy weather in Ontario has sparked a mass exodus of Canadians to the Sunshine State.

John Kirk, Director of Sales and Marketing for Sunjet Holidays, one of Canada's largest tour operators has noticed a dramatic increase in the number passengers to Florida. "Florida has once again come into its own for the season," he said.

For Premier Harris' biographical information, please visit Web site:
www.gov.on.ca/MBS/english/premier/index.html
 
Snowbird Extravaganza, January 22 and 23, 1999, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Admission and entertainment are FREE, parking is $5.