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Red Bull Air Race Takes Flight In Ontario

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Red Bull Air Race Takes Flight In Ontario

McGuinty Government Helps Bring World-Renowned Competition To Canada For The First Time

Ontario is promoting tourism and boosting the local economy in Windsor by helping the city host the Red Bull Air Race, an international competition that will come to Canada for the very first time.

The McGuinty government is investing over $3 million in this high profile event that will directly support 275 jobs, attract approximately 750,000 attendees and is anticipated to generate over $24 million in visitor spending. National and international media coverage of this air race will help promote Ontario as a must-experience tourist destination.

The race, taking place June 13-14, 2009, is the first and only Canadian venue in the 2009 Red Bull Air Race World Championship, which features some of the world's best pilots navigating a low-level aerial track made of air-filled pylons over the Detroit River. The demanding course tests the pilots' skills in high-speed and high-G-force conditions.

Quick Facts

  • 300,000 people in Ontario are directly or indirectly employed by the tourism industry.
  • In 2007, total tourism receipts in Ontario totalled more than $22 billion.

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“I'm thrilled to welcome the Red Bull Air Race to Windsor, and proud that we're the first Canadian city to host this race. This event will attract close to one million visitors, employ hundreds of people, and showcase all that our city has to offer.”

Sandra Pupatello

MPP for Windsor West

“The Red Bull Air Race will attract thousands of visitors to Windsor. This means more tourists staying at hotels, eating at restaurants and shopping at local retail outlets. The economic gain will be felt across the entire tourism sector in Windsor, supporting jobs, increasing economic activity in the region, and showcasing Windsor and Ontario to the world.”

Monique Smith

Minister of Tourism

“Our government was pleased to work with Red Bull and the City in order to bring the Air Race to Windsor. By hosting this popular event we are showcasing our great city and province to the world and creating meaningful economic spin-offs.”

Dwight Duncan

MPP for Windsor-Tecumseh

“We are pleased to bring the Red Bull Air Race to Canada for the first time, and that Windsor is host to one of six locations worldwide for the 2009 World Championship. This international motor sport brings together some of the world's most skilled pilots, attracts huge crowds and generates substantial economic activity for the hosting municipality.”

Bernd Loidl

Red Bull Air Race CEO

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