Category: Niagara Falls News

    Diverse, ‘fresh’ attractions helping to drive strong visitation to Falls

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    From Niagara This Week:

    It has been a “tremendous” summer so far as the peak tourism season hits its stride in the Honeymoon Capital, says the president of Niagara Falls Tourism.

    “I’d say right now businesses are tracking even with where they were last year and knowing that last year was really a record year – the last two years were real banner years – that’s a good achievement,” said Janice Thomson.

    She said the combination of a low Canadian dollar and the number of diverse attractions continues to drive strong visitation numbers. Niagara Falls attracts about 14-million visitors a year.

    State launches initiative aimed at boosting Lake Ontario tourism

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    New York state has launched a new campaign aimed at boosting tourism in the Lake Ontario region in response to recent flooding that has impacted communities along the shoreline.

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the new initiative on Wednesday, saying it includes free fishing on Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence River and Lower Niagara River through Labor Day as well as 50 percent off state campgrounds and vehicle entrance fees along the lake and river.

    Rock Burger to move from original location, open in Niagara Falls tourist district

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    From the Buffalo News:

    A little more than three years ago, Rock Burger was born in an unusual spot – the rear of Players Lounge, a no-frills bar at 328 Niagara St. in Niagara Falls. Owner Jason Lizardo’s juicy, decadent stuffed burgers made waves on social media and spurred success out of the small, unorthodox room, paving the way for him to open a second location earlier this year near the Fashion Outlets.

    The original Rock Burger, though, was off the beaten path in Niagara Falls. It was more of a destination enticed by social media than one stumbled upon by passing tourists.

    This lack of exposure prompted Lizardo’s newest plan: Rock Burger will close at Players in early-to mid September and move to 360 Rainbow Blvd., Niagara Falls, formerly the Parkside Cafe.

    Red Arrows to fly over Niagara Falls

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Britain’s Red Arrows are gearing up for a Niagara Falls flyby in August.

    The iconic display team of the Royal Air Force is to soar over the city Aug. 28 as part of a six-city tour of Canada starting Aug. 8 in Halifax. Details for the flyover have yet to be announced. Niagara Parks Commission likewise had no information yet on what, if any, plans are in the works.

    $15 million plan for Niagara Falls ‘beach club’ draws controversy

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    From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:

    A proposed $15 million “beach and surf club” in downtown Niagara Falls has been tangled up in controversy over whether the developer “copied and pasted” artist renderings from a defunct project in Japan.

    Developer Michael DiCienzo is seeking $4 million in public subsidies for his year-round surf club concept, which would be built on to his Sheraton hotel on Third Street and would include a retractable roof, a wave pool and even marine animals.

    “[I’m] absolutely excited,” said Niagara Falls City Councilman Kenny Tompkins. “Can’t wait for something like this to come to fruition here in the Falls.”

    Niagara Parks notes road closures on holiday weekend

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    From Niagara This Week:

    If you’re heading to Niagara Parks property or attractions on the long Civic Holiday weekend, the commission said that people should be aware of some road closures.

    The holiday weekend is a chance to witness the Siege of Fort Erie Re-enactment or to take in a free live concert following by fireworks over the falls, the Parks said. To handle the lineup of events and celebrations planned, the following road closures will be in effect on Sunday, Aug. 4

    Skratch to document World Long Drive champion Maurice Allen’s attempt to be the first person to drive a golf ball across Niagara Falls

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    From PGATour.com:

    Skratch announced that Season 2 of “Is It Driveable presented by Avis” will feature World Long Drive champion Maurice Allen’s attempt to be the first person to drive a golf ball across Niagara Falls. The first episode in the three-part series will appear on July 30, with the remaining episodes being released on consecutive days at www.skratchtv.com.

    Apparently he was successful. See the Niagara Parks tweet about it.

    Niagara Distillery Opens In Niagara Falls

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    From a PR Web press release:

    The newest restaurant and attraction in Niagara Falls, Ontario is now open; Niagara Distillery & Billy Bones BBQ. The innovative restaurant opened its door to the public on Wednesday, and has already grabbed the attention of tourists and locals alike. This unique venue is located at the corner of Clifton Hill and Falls Avenue, just steps from Niagara Falls. The new restaurant specializes in hand-crafted spirits and deeply smoked BBQ selections from legendary competition favourite Billy Bones.

    Striking workers at Niagara Falls’ Rainforest Café secure first contract

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    After 80 days on strike, the workers at Rainforest Café on Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls and the restaurant’s owners have been ordered to enter into a first contract.

    The order came from Ontario Labour Relations Board vice-chair Patrick Kelly, who issued the decision late in the afternoon Wednesday stating he knew it was a difficult process.

    The workers, represented by Workers United Local 2347, walked off the job April 7 after they had been unable to reach a collective agreement with management a year after workers voted to unionize.

    Canada passes ‘Free Willy’ bill; outlaws whale, dolphin captivity and breeding

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    From Media Entertainment Arts WorldWide:

    A bill to ban whale and dolphin captivity in Canada is finally set to become law after a sinuous process that took over three years to reach a conclusion.

    The House of Commons passed Bill S-203 on Monday morning. The legislation will help outlaw captive breeding and the import or export of whales, their embryos, or sperm, Canadian paper National Post reports…

    As of now, only two facilities in Canada keep whales captive. These include the Vancouver Aquarium and Marineland, a theme park in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

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