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    Raptors star Kawhi Leonard visits Falls with family

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Toronto Raptors superstar Kawhi Leonard and his family spent the day in Niagara Falls Tuesday, a day after celebrating his team’s NBA championship during a parade in Toronto.

    Videos and photos posted to social media show Leonard being surrounded by fans down by the falls area, many taking pictures of the player and chanting MVP.

    Niagara Falls turning Raptor Red Monday

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    Niagara Falls will turn red Monday night in support of the Toronto Raptors as they head into Game 5 against the Golden State Warriors.

    If the Raptors win, they win their first NBA championship.

    Falls Comic Con draws big crowds

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    Appearing at Niagara Falls Comic Con was like coming home for Lance Henriksen.

    The American actor, best known as the android Bishop in two films in the Alien franchise and the cult classics Pumpkinhead and Near Dark, recently spent several months in Toronto filming a movie and was eager to return north of the border.

    He was also pleased the comic con was held in June as opposed to the dead of winter.

    New Falls casino operators June 11

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    Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment is expected to assume day-to-day operations at the two casinos in Niagara Falls June 11.

    The commercial gaming company, headquartered in Connecticut, will also operate the Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre, scheduled to open later this year.

    MGE was selected by Ontario Lottery and Gaming in September to be the new service provider following a procurement process.

    Marineland attributes deaths of two deer to activist-triggered stampede

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    Marineland has temporarily closed its deer park after officials say two people intentionally caused the animals to stampede Saturday, resulting in the deaths of two deer.

    In a news release issued Sunday, the tourist attraction said “we are deeply disturbed by the shocking incident.”

    “This has never happened before and our guests have always, as a general rule, behaved responsibly in the deer park,” the statement read. “We are all upset by this terrible act against innocent animals. In order to protect our animals, we are closing the deer park to make modifications to prevent this type of incident from ever happening again.”

    Opening day brings addition to fence for Marineland

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    A familiar sight will be awaiting Marineland when it opens for its 58th season Saturday: Protestors.

    But those protestors will be seeing something different: A long, blacked-out section of the fence dividing the property from Portage Road. It spans the grounds where protestors are legally allowed to gather, in the area across from the Rapidsview parking lot.

    A new look for Table Rock Centre

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    For Table Rock Centre, it was time to leave the ’90s behind.

    The bustling plaza next to the Horseshoe Falls has finished the first phase of a major renovation, updating the look of its restaurant and retail shop.

    Maid of the Mist to launch battery-powered, zero-emission vessels

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    The Maid of the Mist is going green.

    The U.S. company which has been navigating the water of the lower Niagara River for the past 134 years has announced it plans to launch two battery-powered, zero-emission passenger vehicles later this season.

    Tourism industry predicting a successful 2019 season

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    While temperatures may still be quite chilly, tourism officials say the 2019 season is shaping up to be a hot one.

    “Niagara Falls is on the wish list of travellers from everywhere around the world,” said Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati. “We are on track once again to have another record-breaking year for visitors coming to Niagara Falls.”

    “With an exchange rate that is still very favourable for our visitors from the U.S., we look forward to continuing to welcome them in strong numbers and to have a another massively successful season.”

    Parks to implement Chinese pay options

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    Starting next month, Chinese visitors will have Chinese mobile payment options at Niagara Parks attractions.

    After a procurement process, OTT Pay Inc. was selected as the preferred vendor, catering to the emerging Chinese tourism market. The agreement was finalized with a signing ceremony on March 14.

    Once implemented, Niagara Parks will be able to accept the preferred payment methods used by Chinese travellers (WeChat Pay and Alipay) at its attractions, stores, restaurants and the renovated Table Rock Centre. It will also use the service to leverage marketing opportunities to the Chinese tourism market.

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