Dan on October 1st, 2015

A guest of mine says every year she stays at the Comfort Inn on Clifton Hill and the front desk told her they will be closing after Thanksgiving and will be torn down. I checked the website and notice they are not taking any room reservations after Oct 11. I wonder what they are planning for the large plot of land. Maybe that amusement park idea is moving forward?

Also I heard a rumour that the nightclub Rumour’s (no pun) will be renovated and turned into an extended patio for Kelsey’s.


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Graham on September 2nd, 2015

From the Niagara Falls Review:

Niagara Falls might not be at the top of their list, but they love us in China.

The Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, the Eiffel Tower in France and Venice in Italy are world landmarks that rank higher on the list of places Chinese travellers have on their bucket list, but Niagara Falls on the Canadian side remains a contender in the eighth spot followed by the Acropolis of Athens in Greece and the Sydney Opera House in Australia.

According to global accommodations booking website Hotels.com, Chinese travellers like to see the world and don’t mind spending money along the way.

While Australia, Japan and France are the most desired countries they are expected to visit in the next 12 months, cities like Toronto, Montreal and Niagara Falls are top spots among Chinese travellers.

That latest news comes as no surprise to Niagara Falls Tourism chairman Wayne Thomson.

Up until a year or two ago, he said travel was restricted by the Chinese government, but that has been lifted and we are one of the destinations they want to visit.

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From a press release seen on Press Release Rocket:

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is a unique 3-acre all-ages destination overlooking Niagara Falls that features 16 thrilling waterslides, a 1,000-gallon tipping bucket, giant wavepool, year-round outdoor activity pool, plunge bowl, sundeck, adult-only Jacuzzis, and much more.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by TripAdvisor for the third year in a row and to be featured on the list of Top Ten Amusement Parks and Water Parks in Canada. The entire Fallsview Indoor Waterpark team works hard to provide unforgettable, one-of-a-kind experiences for people visiting Niagara Falls, and we deeply value all of the feedback and reviews from TripAdvisor travelers,” says Sarah Vazquez, Vice President of Business Development and Marketing at Falls Avenue Resort.

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From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

It’s been one year since Governor Andrew Cuomo touted the “Wonder Falls” project set to revamp downtown Niagara Falls.

The $150 million project is called “the biggest private sector development in the Niagara Falls in a generation.”

Wonder Falls is one of the major Niagara Falls developments set for the First Avenue area of the city. Last year Governor Cuomo spoke about how this will bring big business. He said, “How do you know its going to work? Because it’s a natural. Just look out the front door of the Rainbow Mall. Twenty-two million tourists, an international tourist destination. Just give them a place to go.”

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From a PR Web press release:

Located inside the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview hotel, the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra offers a spectacular fine-dining experience directly overlooking Niagara Falls. The restaurant offers an Italian style menu that showcases fresh ingredients from throughout the Niagara Region and an extensive wine list that features wines from many of Niagara’s most acclaimed wineries.

“We are honoured to receive this award from TripAdvisor as our team prides itself on providing guests with unparalleled Fallsview dining experiences. Guest feedback and satisfaction is very important to us and we are very pleased that TripAdvisor travelers continue to have consistently positive experiences at our restaurant,” says Sarah Vazquez, Vice President of Business Development and Marketing at Falls Avenue Resort.

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Graham on September 1st, 2015

This is an old article, but the flow of visitors certainly seemed to continue through the whole summer.

From the Niagara Falls Review:

Niagara’s two casinos are cashing in thanks to a weaker Canadian dollar and more Americans crossing the border.

“Business was solid April through June,” said Greg Medulun, director of communications for Fallsview Casino Resort. “The casinos have experienced favourable conditions including a weaker loony that has translated into a spike in business.”

In addition, he adds, fewer Canadians have been crossing the border, while more Americans have been coming our way.

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From Buffalo Business First:

A vote by the Toronto City Council to support a massive gambling expansion at the Woodbine Racetrack could have a chilling economic impact on a pair of casinos in Niagara Falls, Ont. and effectively wipe out any hope of slots returning to Fort Erie Racetrack.

The council vote is one of the final steps needed before Woodbine’s mega gambling expansion can begin. Formal approval by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. is still needed and, insiders, expect that to be mere formality. The OLGC board vote could happen later this summer.

If approved, Woodbine would see an 85 percent increase in slot machines, going from 2,700 to 5,000 and also add 300 table games. Combined those are more than are currently in Niagara Fallsview Casino and its cousin, Casino Niagara.

Both Niagara Fallsview Casino and Casino Niagara are considered central to the Niagara regional tourism and hospitality industry.
Given Woodbine’s location in the Toronto metropolitan area, it would give residents and visitors from that city less reason to travel south down the Queen Elizabeth Way to Niagara Falls.

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From the Verge:

It seems the tough streets of Philadelphia were too much for a friendly little robot from Ontario. All the Hitchbot wanted to do was see the United States. But just two weeks after starting its cross-country journey in Boston, Hitchbot’s trip has come to an unfortunate end. Last night, the cute little robot was vandalized and apparently decapitated in the City of Brotherly Love.

This is kind of old news, but I just saw this particular article, and the video shows the robot in Niagara Falls

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According to TripAdvisor, the 3rd best restaurant in Canada is located in Niagara Falls. I’ve never eaten at AG, but the reviews are great.

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From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

Wayne Thomson can remember exactly where he was when he heard the province of Ontario was considering a law to allow casino gambling at two border towns.

“At first I was skeptical,” the former mayor and current councillor of Niagara Falls, Ont. said.

The Canadian resort city was eventually chosen to get one of those two casinos, and Thomson says that has made all the difference between the two cities along the gorge.

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