Graham on July 6th, 2015

From the Niagara Falls Review:

Niagara Falls will receive $323,250 from two tourism programs to help secure talent and pay for production costs for the 2015 New Year’s Eve show.

City staff made a submission for funding to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport’s Celebrate Ontario program for the Queen Victoria Park show televised nationally on Global.

The ministry invited event organizers to submit funding applications for special events taking place this year.

The city was successful in receiving $173,250 to help secure talent.

The city was also successful in securing $150,000 from a Tourism Partnership of Niagara grant, which will be used towards production costs.

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From the Niagara Falls Reporter:

Niagara Falls has done it again, coming in at Number One on another list. And this list has nothing to do with the nation’s most dangerous cities, overtaxed municipalities or unwanted teen pregnancies, either!

Last week the readers of USA Today voted the Cataract City as the “Best Kid-Friendly Destination” in the country. The newspaper’s reasoning of the choice was scant, as is typical of USA Today.

“Only a handful of votes separated our winner from the runner up, but in the end, Niagara Falls, N.Y. came out on top,” the entry read. “Families flock to this northeastern city to experience the awe-inducing grandeur of this natural wonder, whether aboard the Maid of the Mist or from the Cave of the Winds. Aside from the cascades, Niagara is packed with other family-centric attractions.”

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Graham on July 6th, 2015

From the Niagara Falls Review:

Those who use the GO train summer service in Niagara Falls are sold on it.

Some wish it was every day, but for the time being, they appear to be content with both the service and the cost.

“It’s so nice not having to drive and just be able to jump on the train from your own city and enjoy a day in Toronto,” said Tammy Frakking, who was at the VIA train station on Bridge St., in Niagara Falls with four members of her family early Sunday morning waiting to board the GO train heading to Toronto.

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Graham on July 6th, 2015

Last week I received the latest email newsletters from the Embassy Suites by Hilton Niagara Falls – Fallsview. It is very much like the last one.


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Graham on July 3rd, 2015

This St Catharines Standard article is about the holiday weekend in May. Based on my observations from Wednesday, July 1 (Canada Day), it should have been another successful day for the tourism industry.

The tourists are back in town.

Many visitors took advantage of the great weather during the Victoria Day holiday weekend to have a picnic, barbecue or just catch a bit of sunshine along the parkway, at Dufferin Islands or at Kingsbridge Park in Chippawa.

At peak hours during the day, parking spaces were hard to find, and Niagara Parks Police were kept busy directing traffic and keeping vehicles moving, especially in the area across from the falls, where drivers are frequently stopping to drop off or pick up passengers.

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Graham on July 3rd, 2015

From the Welland Tribune:

Thrill seekers will soon be able to get strapped onto one of four high-speed zip lines and descend 670 metres into the Niagara Gorge.

The Niagara Parks Commission announced this week it has received provincial approval to enter into an agreement with Niagara Adventure Excursions Inc., to bring a zip line and aerial adventure course to Niagara Falls.

The zip line attraction will be at the Grand View Marketplace, located along the Niagara Prkwy. near the base of Clifton Hill.

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Graham on July 3rd, 2015

From Buffalo Business First:

Noel Buckley, a recognized Niagara Falls, Ont. hospitality industry leader, is returning to Southern Ontario to run the Scotiabank Convention Centre.

Buckley, 55, has been named the convention center’s president and general manager, filling a position that had vacant for nearly 20 months. Buckley was selected for a national headhunting search. He begins his new Niagara Falls tenure next month.

Terms of his new contract were not disclosed.

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