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    Sailing through rough waters

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    From the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal:

    This year, like so many other years before it, Maid of the Mist Corp. helped mark the unofficial start of spring in Western New York and Southern Ontario by lowering its fleet of boats into the lower Niagara River on Friday.

    The company has been preparing for tourism seasons much the same way since launching its first steamboat back in 1846.

    And while some argue that’s too long for any one company to have a virtual lock on one of the region’s premiere tourist attractions, representatives say the Maid of the Mist’s lengthy record of success and safety has earned it the right to continue to serve as the one and only operator of boat tours beneath mighty Niagara Falls.

    Convention Center expansion, complete article

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    From the Nashville Business Journal

    Graham had posted about this on Tuesday, unfortunately you have to subscribe to Buffalo Business First to have read the entire article. I just happened to be looking for something related, and came across the same article in its entirety at the Nashville Business Journal. Since Graham already posted the lead parts of the article, I will just add the link above.

    Image of closed Outback restaurant

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    I have tried a lot of restaurants in my life, but sad to say I never got a chance to try an Outback. However I am not surprised to see these kind of places closing up with that kind of debt load. I actually took this picture last night and was going to post about it this morning, but  it was in  today’s paper before I got a chance to… Anyways here it is in living color.

    Outback Steakhouse

    Prepping for the new Convention Center


    I noticed the other day that they have started running the piping down to the new Convention Center site along Livingstone Street, and the company doing the work on the new convention Center (Bondfield Construction) now have a couple of their trailers on site. We’ll keep you updated!



    Winter Festival of Lights – Marketing Strategy?

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    In December I wrote about my recent visit to Niagara’s Winter Festival of Lights, and said that I would follow up on a comment I made about the marketing of the event.  Well, here it is.

    My mom and dad brought us to Niagara when we were kids, before the Festival of Lights was a “thing”.  Then it became a “thing” and we enjoyed the displays of the saluting mounties, and kids building an igloo…. rams butting heads and ice skaters.  And Noah’s Ark, of course.  We were KIDS, mind you.

    Then Disney came along and we watched it grow, and grow, and GROW.  We were adults by then, and, despite the fact that they were ads for the entertainment giant, we loved the displays.  They obviously had an appeal for kids.  We would park and walk through the field and admire them up close.

    Which brings us to 2014.  While the multitude of Christmas Trees was lovely, we had no incentive to park and wander any closer.  To me – that’s lost revenue for Niagara Parks!  No parking fee and no sales at the gift shops (that were a great place to warm up).  Maybe maintaining the often-muddy field was an issue, and they only want to offer a “drive by” experience from now on.  Many Light Festivals are just that, anyway.

    Now, my second thought… what appeal is there for kids in a giant Buffalo or Moose or Deer?  The animated Goose was pretty cool….but what about the giant banana (as my niece called it)?

    As I stated in a prior post – I’m a graphic designer, so I get and admire what went into those displays.  They are beautiful.  But from a marketing angle, I’m confused.  To me, light displays have to have something that interests kids.  Do the more sophisticated gold displays have more of an appeal to the people that the Casino draws?

    Maybe I’m being unfair… the folks taking donations at the end of Dufferin said it’s a 5-year work in progress.  I’m just not sure where they are headed, or the demographic they are trying to draw.

    How do you feel about the new direction of the Winter Festival of Lights?

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    Chills & Thrills! Icy illusion being taped near Falls Thursday

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Wanna be on TV? Bundle up and head down to Table Rock Thursday.

    Weather pending, a major illusion for an upcoming CBC magic special will be filmed at 7:30 p.m.

    Producers are being tightlipped about details, but it involves a local magician performing a huge (and dangerous) feat down by the falls involving fire, a giant icicle, a straitjacket, and a few surprises.

    How dangerous? Anyone under 18 is asked not to attend because of the intense nature.

    I don’t have any inside information, but this has to be another thing that Greg Frewin is doing. Unfortunately I won’t be able to get down there myself, but I’ll walk down there at lunch and take a picture of the setup.

    Looking forward to the future!


    Thank-you Graham.

    As Graham has mentioned. I have recently approached him about adding content to his site, simply to combine our efforts in keeping his visitors informed of the everyday changes (large or small) occurring throughout the tourist areas of Niagara Falls. My passion for Niagara Falls comes from a lifelong fascination with the falls themselves, as well as tall buildings and change itself. Although I did not grow up here, my memories of Niagara Falls are pretty much the same as all of Access Niagara’s visitors, in that we all share similar memories of the past. This is where I vacationed many times with my family growing up, as well as where I proposed to my wife in front of the Falls, and where I vacationed for the first time as a father. I look forward to this new venture, and I truly believe that this site will be the Niagara Falls go to site for the future.

    Lonny Bailey

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    Doubletree Resort Lodge & Spa Fallsview Marineland package

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    Marineland logo

    Marineland Splash Show

    A lot of the local hotels have packages that include local attractions. A common package includes passes to Marineland. I received an email recently from the Doubletree Resort Lodge & Spa Fallsview with information about a new Marineland package they have:

    This summer create long lasting family memories at Marineland, in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The Doubletree Resort Lodge & Spa Fallsview offers a Marineland Family Package which includes; one night stay in selected room type, one $50 voucher for Buchanans Chophouse (on-site), two adult and one child (5-9 years of age) one day admission to Marineland Canada (2 miles away, transportation not included) Child 0-4 free admission. No refund on unused portion(s).

    The package is live on the Doubletree Resort Lodge & Spa Fallsview web site, under Hotel Specials.

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