Back in the Saddle at Port of

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The international community exchange project has resumed and is offering many new options to promote tourism to your area at no cost. Sign-up now, and start sharing your community today!

PORT OF - We were all very upset when ferry operations abruptly halted in September 2004. However, new excitement is brewing in anticipation of the restart of the Rochester/Toronoto fast ferry service!

To support the wave of new excitement, PORT OF is resuming efforts to meet our site goals, which are to:

1. Support the success of the fast ferry and the Port of Rochester development

2. Promote international tourism

3. Support economic development in Rochester, Toronto and the surrounding areas

4. Have fun!

In an effort to resume and extend the international community exchange project that began with our PORT OF newsletter, we’re introducing many new collaboration capabilities to promote an interactive international community through sharing information more efficiently.

To be successful, the project needs your participation! We need you to share why someone should visit your community. Registered visitors are encouraged to submit stories about their special community event, that exciting night spot, a great restaurant or just an experience you wish to share that helps to promote tourism to your community! For event planners and community leaders, this is a wonderful opportunity for you to share your community events and describe why your community is exciting, unique and a pleasure to visit.

To provide prospective tourists with easy access to popular services o­n both sides of the border, PORT OF is providing company leaders with an opportunity to submit basic listings (attractions, hotels, restaurants, transportation services, etc., at no cost. This directory of services is available to all prospective travelers to help plan their trips.

As an added service, travel agencies are able to promote travel packages to site visitors as well.

Through the activities of the o­n-line international community, you'll be able to see what news, events and listings are most popular. You'll be able to read and post your comments and reviews about the services and travel packages that are being promoted to you.

We'll conduct polls periodically to understand what the international community is thinking about current events, or to determine how we can better serve you, or to just have some fun! And you'll have instance access to the poll results.

For advertisers, we can now offer you the option of a per click fee and provide you instant access to your ad performance.

All-in-All, this is an exciting time for Rochester, Toronto and PORT OF Will the fast ferry re-launch be successful? Only time will tell, but my wager is o­n "YES".

Lou Iuppa


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