Sorry for the lack of posting over the last few weeks. My 96-year-old grandmother was sick and I spent a fair amount of time visiting with her at the hospital. She passed away last Monday, so last week was busy with the funeral and other events. Things are just starting to get back to normal now and I hope to be back to regular blogging in another week or so.
From Niagara This Week:
A public meeting concerning the establishment of a zip line attraction by the Niagara Parks Commission never got off the ground Thursday.
The session, scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Legends on the Niagara Golf Course, was cancelled abruptly after NPC staff had recommended taking more time to determine whether to even go ahead with the venture.
The commission first met behind closed doors to discuss the proposal, but when it came time for the public portion of the meeting, people who had shown up, including the media, were told the public meeting had been cancelled.
“We had a recommendation from staff that we postpone (the meeting) to a future date,” chair Janice Thomson said. She said couldn’t say anything more because the commission was engaged in a procurement process.
From the Niagara Gazette:
Another new hotel project is in the works in the city of Niagara Falls.
The board of directors for the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency is expected to consider an application for assistance today from Plati Niagara Inc., LLC, a firm owned by the Strangio family, operators of the Quality Inn Hotel franchise and Antonio’s Banquet and Conference Center on Niagara Falls Boulevard.
A released issued by the NCIDA on Tuesday said Plati Niagara plans to construct an “upscale hotel under a national franchise” on a parcel of land located at 333 Rainbow Blvd. in Niagara Falls.
This isn’t directly Niagara Falls related, but in the tourism industry we definitely know what the article is talking about. We just don’t get the US visitors we used to.
From the Toronto Star:
Ottawa no longer wants to waste time and money trying to lure American tourists to the land of moose, mountains and Mounties.
According to a new report, the U.S. has become one of Canada’s poorest performing tourism markets, and this country isn’t getting full value from expensive marketing campaigns aimed south of the border.
U.S. visitors spent, on average, only $518 per trip to Canada last year, the lowest amount spent by an international visitor group. It was the third straight year of declines. By contrast, tourists from Brazil spent an average of $1,874 per trip.
The Canadian Tourism Commission, in its 2012 annual report, released last week, describes its strategic plan to stop promoting Canada in poorly performing markets such as the U.S.
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From a CNW Group press release seen on Yahoo! Canada Finance:
Marineland of Canada Inc. announces that Stantec, the independent water quality experts have today released their report of their investigation of Marineland’s water quality systems.
The report dated April 13, 2013 states:
The water management system at Marineland has been developed over many years. The water management system has been upgraded over time to provide comprehensive treatment to meet modern standards and performance requirements associated with best practices, and ongoing research and development in the industry. Overall, the investment in the water management system has been significant from a capital cost perspective.
From the Buffalo News:
Ten years ago, when my job included reporting developments – or lack thereof – in downtown Niagara Falls, I was often asked where to find the best meal within a walk of the famed cataracts. My answers made hungry people sad.
Three weeks ago, I found myself eating at a fine dining, white-tablecloth place two blocks from the park. A restaurant with a chef’s table and a tasting menu and a polite young sommelier with a French accent.
This is Niagara Falls, N.Y., now.
I’d read the stories about the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute opening in the former Rainbow Mall, home to state-of-the-art classrooms for the culinary students of Niagara County Community College plus restaurants, a pastry shop and a wine boutique. (See accompanying Cheap Eats review on Page 17.) But it didn’t really hit me until we sat down at Savor.