Category: Niagara Falls News

Leaders weigh in on Falls convention center study

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From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

Niagara County and Niagara Falls leaders have received the results of a study about the feasibility of building a new multi-use convention center in the city.

Its takeaways: Downtown development needs to grow to sustain a bigger convention center, and the best option would be to expand and modify the existing one.

“The county wanted to see if this was feasible for Niagara Falls, and it looks like at this point that wouldn’t be the way to go,” said Jason Zona, a Niagara County Legislator.

City’s investment in tourism marketing paying off

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

City council’s investment in marketing efforts “continues to drive results” for tourism businesses in Niagara Falls, says Jon Jackson, executive director for Niagara Falls Tourism.

Jackson addressed councillors this week about the summer marketing campaign the agency recently concluded.

In January, council approved $300,000 in matching funds towards the campaign. The $300,000 came from the municipality’s casino-hosting reserve fund, and helped promote activities to attract more visitors to the city.

CORE: Niagara Falls area has $1.82 Billion in development in the works

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From Buffalo Business First:

Niagara Falls and surroundings are defined worldwide by just two words: Niagara Falls. But there’s more to the western region of Niagara County, from Artpark in Lewiston to the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls. Municipalities include Lewiston, Niagara Falls, North Tonawanda and Wilson.

The article then goes on to list them all and their value.

Scare camera earns Niagara Falls haunted house worldwide recognition

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From 680 News:

Laughing at others scared out of their wits is translating into big business and worldwide recognition for a Niagara Falls haunted house.

Millions have clicked on the photos posted by Nightmares Fear Factory and their infamous scare camera — soldiers gripping each other in panic, a husband pushing his terrified wife in front of him for protection, mouths agape and eyes popping out.

Owner Frank LaPenna couldn’t be happier at others’ terror.

“I really wanted them to be shared,” he said of the photos. “I really wanted people to take them home and show their friends and that’s how it took off from there.”

Road removal plan seeks to connect Niagara Falls to ‘greatest waterfront in the world’

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From the Buffalo News:

The plan calls for removing a 2-mile section of the Niagara Scenic Parkway in Niagara Falls.

And it’s getting some good reviews.

“We certainly see it as a positive opportunity for us,” said Gary K. Siddall, executive director of the Aquarium of Niagara. “There’s a lot of obstruction (now) with the bridge over the parkway and the parkway itself. It cuts us off from the tourist areas.”

Niagara Falls’ OLG funding surpasses $100-million mark

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From Niagara This Week:

The City of Niagara Falls received close to $7 million in the second quarter from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.

In total, $6.81 million was paid out to the City by the provincial gaming agency. The payments are part of a hosting agreement the City of Niagara Falls has with the OLG that compensates the municipality for hosting Casino Niagara and Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort. The latest payment covers the period of July through September. The latest payment brings the total funds received by the City to $14.6 million so far this fiscal year, which began in April.

Anchor Bar coming to downtown Niagara Falls

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From the Niagara Gazette:

Those who could not point out Western New York on a map may still be familiar with what are among its chief cultural exports – chicken wings and Niagara Falls.

The two will be within blocks of each other by Nov. 10, when the Merani Hotel Group will open an Anchor Bar franchise inside its Holiday Inn on Buffalo Avenue.

The development was first announced by Niagara Falls City Councilwoman Kristen Grandinetti during a Gazette-sponsored debate at the Main Street public library on Monday. It was confirmed Tuesday by Merani Hotel Group’s Vice President of Operations, Michael Marsh.

Tourists report person going over Niagara Falls

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From the Buffalo News:

The Niagara Parks Police are checking the water below Niagara Falls after an unconfirmed report that someone may have gone over the Falls, a dispatcher said Sunday afternoon.

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Falls receives $6.8M from OLG

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The City of Niagara Falls will receive $6.8 million as part of a second-quarter, non-tax gaming revenue payment from Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.

OLG issues quarterly payments to the city for hosting Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino.

Since December 1996, Niagara Falls has received more than $105.7 million in non-tax gaming revenue.

Marineland launches lawsuit against OSPCA

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Marineland has filed a lawsuit against the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA).

The Niagara Falls park filed the charges Tuesday in Toronto, according to OSPCA spokeswoman Stephanie Johns. When asked for comment, the animal welfare organization issued a statement saying it “vehemently denies all of the allegations and will defend itself.

“No further comment can be made at this time as the matter is being referred to counsel and is before the courts.”

Likewise, Marineland would not elaborate on the lawsuit or specify the amount being sought: “Marineland does not presently have anything to provide to you in relation to your enquiry.”

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