10-22-12: Courtesy of YNN. A major Canadian tourism event crossed the border for the first time this year, and more than 600 people are in Buffalo this week for the Ontario Motor Coach Association’s Conference and Marketplace. Local tourism officials say it’s one of the most important events that will happen this year. “These are the people from throughout Canada that decide where visitors are going to go throughout the United States, so to have all these buyers in our market, seeing these assets firsthand, is such an important strategic opportunity for us,” said Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, president and CEO of Visit Buffalo Niagara. The president and CEO of the association says that’s one of the reasons they chose Buffalo. “Buffalo is a very important destination for a lot of our members. It’s not only an important border crossing that a lot of our coach operators use to get into the US, but it’s a destination in it’s own right,” said Doug Switzer, president and CEO of the Ontario Motor Coach Association. Visit Buffalo Niagara estimates the conference, which runs through Wednesday, will have an economic impact of more than $800000 on the region.