From the Buffalo News:
The future of one of the most famous boat rides in the world is very much in doubt as the Maid of the Mist teeters on the edge of extinction.
But those who operate that “other” boat attraction on the lower Niagara River say their future is looking brighter — and not just because a mild winter means an early start to the season.
Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours will celebrate its 20th anniversary this summer amid increasing popularity, especially on the U.S. side of the border.
The attraction appears to be on the cusp of a change in how international tourism dollars are being spent, with Canada not necessarily the first choice anymore for visitors to Niagara Falls. Jet Boat owner John Kinney said he is taking full advantage of this, traveling around the globe selling his attraction to tour operators and promoting the region.