More U.S. visitors come to Ontario

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    I’ve said this a couple of times this summer, but I didn’t have any hard numbers to back me up…

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The latest figures from Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism show a modest increase in American visitation to Ontario during June compared to a year earlier when stricter border-crossing regulations came into full effect.

    Crossings from the United States to Ontario were up 7.8% in June. Sameday crossings increased 15.2% while overnight crossings were up 2.7% over the same month the year previous.

    Wayne Thomson, president of Niagara Falls Tourism, was caught off guard by the figures showing increases in June.

    “That’s extremely surprising,” said Thomson, a city councillor and former mayor of Niagara Falls. “That’s completely contrary to the feedback and the statistical information I have received from the major stakeholders.

    “There seemed to be satisfaction with January to May, and then a substantial dropoff in June, but July, August and September coming back.”

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