Diverse, ‘fresh’ attractions helping to drive strong visitation to Falls

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    From Niagara This Week:

    It has been a “tremendous” summer so far as the peak tourism season hits its stride in the Honeymoon Capital, says the president of Niagara Falls Tourism.

    “I’d say right now businesses are tracking even with where they were last year and knowing that last year was really a record year – the last two years were real banner years – that’s a good achievement,” said Janice Thomson.

    She said the combination of a low Canadian dollar and the number of diverse attractions continues to drive strong visitation numbers. Niagara Falls attracts about 14-million visitors a year.

    State launches initiative aimed at boosting Lake Ontario tourism

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    New York state has launched a new campaign aimed at boosting tourism in the Lake Ontario region in response to recent flooding that has impacted communities along the shoreline.

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the new initiative on Wednesday, saying it includes free fishing on Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence River and Lower Niagara River through Labor Day as well as 50 percent off state campgrounds and vehicle entrance fees along the lake and river.

    Rock Burger to move from original location, open in Niagara Falls tourist district

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    From the Buffalo News:

    A little more than three years ago, Rock Burger was born in an unusual spot – the rear of Players Lounge, a no-frills bar at 328 Niagara St. in Niagara Falls. Owner Jason Lizardo’s juicy, decadent stuffed burgers made waves on social media and spurred success out of the small, unorthodox room, paving the way for him to open a second location earlier this year near the Fashion Outlets.

    The original Rock Burger, though, was off the beaten path in Niagara Falls. It was more of a destination enticed by social media than one stumbled upon by passing tourists.

    This lack of exposure prompted Lizardo’s newest plan: Rock Burger will close at Players in early-to mid September and move to 360 Rainbow Blvd., Niagara Falls, formerly the Parkside Cafe.

    NY Getaway Guide: The Best Things to do at Niagara Falls

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    From Untapped Cities:

    From sea to shining sea the Untied States is filled with breathtaking natural wonders like the Grand Canyon, the redwoods of California, and the peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Lucky for us New Yorkers, one of America’s greatest natural treasures is right here in our home state. Less than a two-hour plane ride from JFK Airport, Niagara Falls is one of the most awe-inspiring sites in the world, and the perfect destination for a weekend getaway or a long road trip across New York.

    Red Arrows to fly over Niagara Falls

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Britain’s Red Arrows are gearing up for a Niagara Falls flyby in August.

    The iconic display team of the Royal Air Force is to soar over the city Aug. 28 as part of a six-city tour of Canada starting Aug. 8 in Halifax. Details for the flyover have yet to be announced. Niagara Parks Commission likewise had no information yet on what, if any, plans are in the works.

    $15 million plan for Niagara Falls ‘beach club’ draws controversy

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    From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:

    A proposed $15 million “beach and surf club” in downtown Niagara Falls has been tangled up in controversy over whether the developer “copied and pasted” artist renderings from a defunct project in Japan.

    Developer Michael DiCienzo is seeking $4 million in public subsidies for his year-round surf club concept, which would be built on to his Sheraton hotel on Third Street and would include a retractable roof, a wave pool and even marine animals.

    “[I’m] absolutely excited,” said Niagara Falls City Councilman Kenny Tompkins. “Can’t wait for something like this to come to fruition here in the Falls.”

    Daycationing Over the Border

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    From Forever Young WNY:

    The word daycation may be relatively new, but the concept isn’t. It dates back to the early days of railway excursions, when Victorians using Day Tripper tickets would travel to a scenic spot for a day out. This way of travelling is somewhat of a lost art, but it’s a time efficient and less expensive way to make the most of our short summers.

    What would your ideal daycation look like? A first-rate theater performance followed by a decadent chocolate creation? Perhaps a forested hike to a stunning waterfall? What about the thrill of big city sports game? Wine tasting? Farmers market? With so many choices waiting over the border (and such a favorable exchange rate), there’s no time like the present to take advantage of what Ontario has to offer this summer.

    Niagara Parks notes road closures on holiday weekend

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    From Niagara This Week:

    If you’re heading to Niagara Parks property or attractions on the long Civic Holiday weekend, the commission said that people should be aware of some road closures.

    The holiday weekend is a chance to witness the Siege of Fort Erie Re-enactment or to take in a free live concert following by fireworks over the falls, the Parks said. To handle the lineup of events and celebrations planned, the following road closures will be in effect on Sunday, Aug. 4

    Skratch to document World Long Drive champion Maurice Allen’s attempt to be the first person to drive a golf ball across Niagara Falls

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    From PGATour.com:

    Skratch announced that Season 2 of “Is It Driveable presented by Avis” will feature World Long Drive champion Maurice Allen’s attempt to be the first person to drive a golf ball across Niagara Falls. The first episode in the three-part series will appear on July 30, with the remaining episodes being released on consecutive days at www.skratchtv.com.

    Apparently he was successful. See the Niagara Parks tweet about it.

    Niagara Distillery Opens In Niagara Falls

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    From a PR Web press release:

    The newest restaurant and attraction in Niagara Falls, Ontario is now open; Niagara Distillery & Billy Bones BBQ. The innovative restaurant opened its door to the public on Wednesday, and has already grabbed the attention of tourists and locals alike. This unique venue is located at the corner of Clifton Hill and Falls Avenue, just steps from Niagara Falls. The new restaurant specializes in hand-crafted spirits and deeply smoked BBQ selections from legendary competition favourite Billy Bones.

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