Category: Niagara Falls News

Union protest causes havoc in hotel lobby

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

A union protest created havoc for guests checking into the Courtyard by Marriott Thursday, and the union leader behind it warned of more disruptions if the hotel’s management doesn’t return to the bargaining table.

“Since we’re coming into the busy season, we’re planning stepped-up protests in the coming weeks,” said Bruce Raynor, president of the Workers United union.

Close to 40 executive members of the union took over the Victoria Avenue hotel’s lobby in a bid to get management’s attention and to temporarily disrupt the hotel’s business.

They walked in at about 5:15 p. m., a time many guests were checking in.

Canadian group eyes two Falls hotels

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From the Buffalo News:

The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency is considering tax breaks to help a Canadian company reopen two Niagara Falls hotels.

The IDA board accepted applications Wednesday from the Merani Group of Companies, based in Niagara Falls, Ont., for payment-in-lieu of taxes arrangements, or PILOTs, to help it buy the former Inn on the River and the former Fallside Inn.

In both cases, the Merani Group asked for 15-year PILOTs, but in the case of the Fallside, which may be demolished in whole or in part, the IDA voted to offer as many as five years fully tax-free instead of making the company pay a percentage of the full taxable value.

Natives exempt from passport rule

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Welcome to the United States. No passport required.

Scores of native North Americans poured across into Canada from the U.S., then returned home without a passport Saturday, despite new American rules requiring most people to carry a passport or some other approved government document to enter the United States.

Natives have been able to travel freely across the border for years, but they sympathize with Canadians and Americans whose identification requirements have been increased in order to get into the United States.

The American government might have made a “hasty decision” that curtails the ability of non-Natives to travel back and forth, said Leroy Hill, a spokesman for the chiefs council of the Six Nations.

“We would like to see this border as open and simple as possible for the average working Canadian and American,” Hill said in an interview Saturday.

Technicality keeps Niagara’s landmark off world list

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Niagara Falls will not be among the new Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

And because of a technicality, it’s not even in the top 77.

For months, organizers of the Swiss-based group New7Wonders have been asking officials on both sides of the Niagara River to form a supporting committee for Niagara Falls to be eligible for the worldwide vote.

Each nominee requires a committee to facilitate judges and other special events leading up to the announcement of the final seven wonders in 2011.

Because Niagara Falls is a binational attraction, supporting committees on both the Canadian and the U. S. sides were necessary for it to be eligible.

Niagara Falls Tourism agreed to be the committee for Canada. But in the U. S., no committee was ever formed and Niagara Falls was ruled ineligible after voting for the final list of nominees ended July 7.

Americans staying home

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The trips arranged by Lezlie Harper Wells are a hit with U.S. African Americans.

Since 2004, she’s helped co-ordinate 600 American group sojourns to explore Niagara’s rich black history and its Underground Railroad that helped free U.S. slaves.

However, new passport rules at the U.S. border and a sick economy has meant 30 per cent less U.S. business compared to last year.

It’s all part of a general slump in American tourism to this area that many in the industry are noticing.

Niagara Helicopters Announces Special Offer for Niagara Falls GO Train Visitors

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From a PR Web press release seen on Yahoo! News:

Niagara Helicopters has launched a special offer for their Niagara Falls sightseeing tours when visitors use the new GO Train service from Toronto to Niagara Falls. Effective July 11th, 2009, Niagara Helicopters is happy to offer all riders utilizing the GO Train to Niagara Falls a $23* discount per adult and $12* discount per child (3-11 years). Visitors should simply show a valid GO Train pass to receive this special rate.

Ruedi Hafen, President and Chief Pilot smiles as he hears that GO Trains will be rolling into the VIA station just around the corner from Niagara Helicopters. “That’s great,” he says, “More people coming to Niagara; less cars on the road…it really is a great idea!”

Niagara – A Visual Treat – My US Diary: 4

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An Indian site has posted about someone’s visit to Niagara Falls (including pictures):

Words can not describe the joy of just being in a place like the Niagara Falls. You have to be there to experience it. I will do my best to take you through some breath-taking views.

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Travelodge At the Falls News (20090708)

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On Wednesday I received the latest newsletter from the Niagara Clifton Group (the Travelodge, Fun House, Brick City, etc group).


To sign up for the newsletter, click on the Join our FREE Email Mailing List link on the side of any of the pages at

The $364,000 trail

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Niagara Falls could have a new recreational trail running along the old Canadian Pacific railway corridor connecting the downtown area and Clifton Hill by the end of the year, city officials say.

The city is moving forward with its plan for a $364,000 trail where the trains used to run, said Denyse Morrissey, the city’s parks, recreation and culture director.

She outlined plans to build a 1.3-kilometre trail parallel to Ontario Avenue and Palmer Avenue during a downtown committee meeting recently.

“This is a fantastic amenity to move from Point A to Point B,” Morrissey said.

View from 9th floor gets judge’s clearance

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From the Buffalo News:

A ninth-floor observation deck in One Niagara on Rainbow Boulevard is open to the public after a judge’s ruling allowed the building’s manager to sidestep approval from the city to open the top floor.

Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. on Thursday issued an order to allow the building’s ninth floor to open while its manager, Frank Parlato Jr., seeks new site plan approval for the building and a certificate of occupancy for the ninth floor…

The upper rapids in the Niagara River and a sliver of the falls can be seen from the building’s top floor, as well as bird’s-eye views of Niagara Falls State Park and downtown Niagara Falls.

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