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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Last Thursday I received the latest email newsletters from the Embassy Suites by Hilton Niagara Falls – Fallsview.


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Graham on July 2nd, 2015

From the Niagara Falls Review:

The Summer of Thrills is back.

For the second year in a row, the Summer of Thrills is set to entertain and amaze onlookers with high-in-the-sky death-defying acts and a variety of street performances on the Victoria Ave. promenade.

“The goal of the event is to animate the street and provide a free event all summer long,” said Vince Ferro, event coordinator with the Victoria Centre BIA.

The BIA first brought thrill acts to the area last year and it was a unparalleled success, Ferro said.

“It was overwhelming last year,” Ferro recalled.

“At some of the shows, there’d be crowds of 800 people watching.”

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Graham on July 2nd, 2015

From the St Catharines Standard:

After about three months with Niagara Falls Tourism, Catherine McNabb is no longer with the agency.

“I don’t know all of the particulars, but it’s unfortunate,” said Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati, who was travelling to a Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference in Edmonton Thursday.

“She seems like a nice person. It’s too bad it did not work out. I’m not privy to all the specifics of her departure, but it’s unfortunate.”

Niagara Falls Tourism chairman Wayne Thomson would only say the agency is dealing with a human resources matter involving the newly appointed executive director.

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Graham on July 2nd, 2015

From the Niagara Falls Review:

Visits to this past season’s Winter Festival of Lights were up 17%, says program director Tina Myers.

Despite the 32nd annual festival being three weeks shorter than past years, organizers noticed more vehicles going in and out of Dufferin Islands, which is one of the event’s focal points.

“It went really well, especially since this was the first year of a multi-year transition,” said Myers.

This season’s festival, sponsored by Ontario Power Generation, ran from Nov. 15 to Jan. 12. New this year was the addition of 13 Canadian wildlife illuminations and a 20-foot-tall illumination designed to resemble a water fountain at Dufferin Islands. The large illuminated water feature in the middle of the pond and the trees were lit in projection lighting that changes colours in sync with music.

The festival usually attracts 1.5 million visitors each year and has an annual budget of about $1 million, most of which goes to lighting, maintenance and storage.

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