February 15, 2015 will mark 50 years since the introduction of the iconic Canadian Maple Leaf Flag.
Up until the 1960s Canada had flown the Red Ensign, a banner adapted from the British Union Jack. But as 1967 would mark the nations centenary, it was decided that a newly designed flag was needed in the cause of national unity.
A 15 member strong flag committee ultimately decided , from more than 2,100 submissions, that the Red and White flag with a single Maple Leaf, would meet the criteria: simplicity, easily recognisable, traditional colours and traditional symbols and “must serve as a rallying symbol and hence be a unifying force”.
To mark the 50 years of their flag, the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) is inviting travel agents to come and flag up their reasons for people to visit Canada in 2015. Agents will be able to submit their hand written and drawn entries on especially created bunting which will be at the Canada Stand (NA200) reception desk, manned by the team from the Canadian Tourism Commission.
The top ten flags as judged by the CTC will be entered into a prize draw to win one of ten, £50 Amazon gift vouchers.
Prizes will be drawn the week commencing November 10, with winners being notified by email.
Pictured announcing the new initiative for agents, which launches at this year's WTM is the CTC's Adam Hanmer (left) and Rupert Peters.