A subject pool of 55 drivers ranging in age from 19 to 73 produced a data set of 1,100 intersection interactions, half of which involved a GSCT. The presence of the countdown timer increased the probability that a driver in the dilemma zone would stop by an average of just over 13 percent and decreased deceleration rates by an average of 1.50 feet per second.
"These results suggest that the information provided to drivers by GSCTs may contribute to improved intersection safety in the U.S.," Hurwitz said.
A recent economic impact study showed an $80-million benefit from cultural tourism across Ontario, showing the significant impact of cultural tourism to the provincial economy, said GSCT spokesperson Melanie De-bassige.
The organization will have a board to help guide its mandate, with representatives from the northeast, northwest, southeast and southwest.comers of the province, as well as a GSCT representative.
Following the announcement, the GSCT will embark on a marketing campaign to promote the initiative, including setting up a new website with more information, to position the organization up for international marketing.
In development for the last six years, half of the cost of development was shared between the member communities and GSCT, with additional funding coming from Aboriginal Business Canada, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp., which provided $250,000 towards a geothermal system.
Primary markets for the hotel include motor coach tours and business meetings and conferences, said GSCT general manager Kevin Eshkawkogan.
Through its travel promotion work, GSCT has already started marketing two- and three-day packages to tour operators that bundle local activities offered by local businesses with a hotel stay.
The GSCT's primary markets are motor coach tours and First Nations meetings and events, while families and tourists comprise its secondary market.
The project is collectively being funding by the GSCT's member First Nations.