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Skyline Inn Niagara Falls AAA/CAA Three Diamond Award Recipient for 2010!

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From an i-Newswire press release:

The Skyline Inn hotel is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the three diamond rating from AAA/CAA for 2010. This rating recognizes the continued high level of hospitality that the associates at the Skyline Inn provide. A three diamond rating requires that a hotel establishment be versatile with a distinguished style, including upgrades that contribute to overall guest enjoyment.

Niagara Falls Hampton Inn by Hilton at the Falls awarded AAA three Diamond

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From a 1888PressRelease press release:

The Hampton Inn by Hilton at the Falls hotel is pleased to announce that it has once again been awarded the three diamond rating from AAA/CAA for 2010. A three diamond rating is awarded to hotels that offer guests flexible accommodations with a recognizable style, including upgrades and amenities that contribute to overall guest enjoyment of the hotel.

The AAA rating system evaluates more than 60,000 lodging establishments and restaurants in North America, awarding a rating from one to five diamonds, one being awarded to more budget oriented establishments and five for hotels that provide the ultimate in luxurious accommodations. Travelers use the AAA/CAA diamond ratings as a guide to help choose accommodations. The diamond rating is based on surveys, continuous feedback and professional evaluations that are performed on a yearly basis.

From weddings to rescues, Niagara pilot helps out

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From the Associated Press via the San Francisco Chronicle:

Up here, it becomes clear what helicopter pilot Ruedi Hafen has said on the ground: A helicopter offers a view of Niagara Falls like no other, and no one wants to leave without a picture, or 10.

It’s also obvious just how imposing the landscape really is with its foaming white cascades, steep and rocky escarpment and swirling green river and whirlpool.

Twenty-eight years at the controls of his fleet of sightseeing helicopters have given Hafen a unique perspective of the natural wonder straddling the United States and Canadian border. Perhaps more than anyone else, he has seen the good and the bad, from the happiest tourists drinking in the scenery, to the despondent who allow themselves to be swallowed by it.

Niagara Falls attractions that won’t leave you over a barrel

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From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Thomas Barnett opened the first museum in Niagara Falls, a concatenation of “natural and artificial curiosities” that drew in the tourists.

It also attracted the envy and competition of Saul Davis, a ne’er-do-well who entered into a competition that ended in gunfire, a death and Davis ultimately buying up the Barnett property.

We can’t promise you a gunfight when you visit Clifton Hill, but the spirit of the hard-sell and the way-out and the look-at-that is a going thing in the Capital of Kitsch.

Niagara Falls: Canadian side overflows with kitsch kitsch

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From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Niagara Falls spills 750,000 gallons of water per second down a 167-foot drop in a roar that began when glaciers melted 10,000 years ago.

Tourists come by the millions, stare into the white mist, and marvel at one of the wonders of the world. Then they have wonders of their own: What to do next?

As Nick Ramunno, who oversees a hall full of wax rock stars there for the staring at, puts it: “You need something else besides the Falls. You can only look at the Falls so long.”

That’s when it’s time to climb Clifton Hill.

Ticketing the world

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Most drivers hate getting a parking ticket, but the majority of people who receive them in Niagara Falls do pay for their fines.

Even those who live out-of-province or in the United States, which are sometimes much harder to collect.

“Most people are pretty good about it,” said Sue Wheeler, manager of parking operations for the city of Niagara Falls.

In 2008, a total of 26,280 tickets were given out which equals roughly $556,000 in revenue.

Niagara Fallsview Boulevard: Where the Party’s At This Summer in Niagara Falls

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From a PRWeb press release seen on Yahoo! News:

With a little glitz and a lot of live music and entertainment, Niagara Fallsview Boulevard is the most happening place in Niagara Falls, Ontario this summer. Just 500 yard from the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, Fallsview Boulevard features the newest Niagara Falls Ontario hotels; the Las Vegas-style Fallsview Casino Resort; and a wide variety of restaurants and bars unique to Niagara Falls.

By day, there is no shortage of thrills in the Fallsview Boulevard area with such popular Niagara Falls attractions as Skylon Tower, with a revolving restaurant at the top, among other entertainment; Niagara Falls Freefall; Konica Minolta Tower; and the IMAX Theatre, which includes the Daredevil’s Museum, home to actual barrels in which people have gone over the Falls.

Passport regulation complicates already low American travel to Canada

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From CanadaEast.com:

David Tetrault has noticed a 50 per cent drop in business at his bed and breakfast in Niagara Falls, Ont., this year and he estimates a chunk of that is the result of new passport regulations at the Canada-U.S. border.

“Our business is probably 30 per cent less just because of the passport issue alone,” says Tetrault, owner of the Niagara Inn Bed and Breakfast.

“We had people who came in May who said, ‘Oh we’re not planning to get one (passport), so we’re coming now.’ ”

It’s a trend that tourism operators say they have also experienced.

Hilton Would Like To Make A Suggestion

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This isn’t directly Niagara Falls-related, but given how active the Hilton in Niagara Falls is on Twitter, I thought it was a relevant article.

From Hotels Magazine:

In the past couple months, Hilton Hotels Corp. has quietly begun experimenting with one of the most aggressive hotel marketing strategies on Twitter.

Hilton was actually relatively late to the Twitter game, only really jumping into the fray last month. But the company’s main Twitter handle, @hiltonsuggests, is now taking a tweet tack quite different than most of its industry rivals—one that I think may ultimately become the standard operating model, or at least one version of it.

Rather than waiting for would-be guests to come to them, @hiltonsuggests is taking a remarkably proactive approach to Twitter marketing.

Meet Dave, Niagara’s tiniest tourist

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From Niagara This Week:

He’s a little less than 30 cm tall, cute as a button and cuddly as a kitten.

And he sure gets around.

Dave Phillips-Jackson, a Teddy bear from Wales, has been taken to tourist sites all throughout England. His owner, Alison Phillips, sent him through the mail to a friend in Sweden. And for the last few weeks, he’s been in Niagara, where Phillips’ Facebook friend Mary Jane Baker, has shown him what it is like in Canada: taking him furniture shopping, taking him to the bank, and letting him supervise a backyard construction project.

The picture in the paper was of the teddy bear in front of the Falls. I can’t believe this was considered news…

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