Category: Niagara Falls Ontario

Diodati calls for clarity on hotel tax, DMF

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

It will be up to the City of Niagara Falls whether to replace the controversial Destination Marketing Fee with a new hotel tax, says Eleanor McMahon, Ontario’s minister of tourism, culture and sport.

“That will be up to municipalities, that will be up to them to decide,” she told the Niagara Falls Review during a sit-down interview following her address to delegates this week at the Ontario Tourism Summit at the Scotiabank Convention Centre.

20171030 Letters to the Editor

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The other day the Letters to the Editor section of the Niagara Falls Review had a couple of letters related to the 3 hotels approved for Canadian Niagara Hotels.

I read with interest the decision of Niagara Falls city council to approve applications to build three new hotel complexes on Robinson Street.

It’s interesting to point out that not one comment was made on how the City of Niagara Falls will handle all the new traffic chaos that will ensue with these three hotels in the busiest, most traffic-congested areas of the Falls…

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iagara Falls city council has again pushed past another existing zoning bylaw. They gave the green light to three hotel ‘developments’ on Robinson Street — one eight storeys above the height limit and the other an excessive 26 storeys higher…

This 8-km Trail Of Lights Will Transform Niagara Falls Into A Dreamy Winter Wonderland

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From Narcity.com:

Three enchanting places, two million lights and one legendary waterfall. That’s what’s involved in Niagara Falls’ annual Winter Festival of Lights, the most dazzling holiday tradition in Ontario.

Spearheaded by the Ontario Power Generation, the event is Canada’s largest illumination festival, attraction over 1.5 million visitors and 750 motor coaches each year. Beautiful coloured lights and animated installations are set up throughout the Falls, the Niagara Parkway and the Dufferin Islands, making up an epic 8-km trail of glowing lights.

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.

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.

From preserving the past to embracing the future

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

When the Victoria Avenue branch of the Niagara Falls Public Library was built in 1974 it included the Sir Harry Oakes Room, an area filled with local history books and other paraphernalia.

Forty years later, the collection was relocated to a larger, climate-controlled area of the building in order to preserve the historic items.

Library staff soon realized the empty space would make an ideal location for a new digital media lab.

“As the library moves forward in the 21st century, we have identified the need and demand for improved technology access and training,” said Alicia Subnaik Kilgour, CEO and chief librarian.

“Our feeling was that we really wanted to empower the community by focusing on content creation.”

Over the past few months, the room has been transformed into the new Oakes Room Media Lab.

Tourism agency finalist for awards

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The Tourism Industry Association of Canada has shortlisted Niagara Falls Tourism as a finalist in the 2017 Canadian Tourism Awards.

This acknowledgement comes after the success of its summer 2016 #ExploreNiagara social media campaign.

The awards are presented annually by the association and the Toronto Star to recognize success, leadership and innovation in Canada’s tourism industry.

“Niagara Falls Tourism is thrilled to be recognized for a campaign that excelled largely because of its spotlight on our amazing members, who work hard every day to enrich Niagara Falls as a world-class destination,” said Jon Jackson, executive director of Niagara Falls Tourism.

Falls ready to welcome Invictus athletes

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Niagara tourism partners will host hundreds of international athletes and their families next week as part of the upcoming Invictus Games in Toronto.

Up to 500 athletes, family members and coaching staff will take a specially chartered Via Rail train to Niagara Falls on Wednesday for a day-long outing to enjoy the destination’s attractions and activities.

The participants are scheduled to arrive at the Niagara Falls train station on Bridge Street at 11 a.m.

From there, they will board WEGO buses for Table Rock and will have free time to enjoy attractions.

They will depart for the train at 2:30 p.m. for their return to Toronto.

‘One of the best years’ for tourism

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

A co-ordinated marketing campaign and hosting a live American talk show helped make for another great tourism season in Niagara Falls.

“I just talked to one of the major players the other day, and he said he was up 10 per cent last year, and he’s up 10 per cent this year, so that gives you a very good idea,” said Niagara Falls Tourism chairman Wayne Thomson.

He said the heart of the tourism sector — Fallsview, Victoria Centre and Clifton Hill — was regularly jammed with people during the traditional busy season May 24 to Labour Day.

“People right from Clifton Hill, right down to Table Rock — people walking up Murray Hill — it was just constantly loaded,” said Thomson.

Heat turned up on Diodati over Paradise project

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From Niagara This Week:

The city’s mayor has been accused of lobbying Premier Kathleen Wynne on behalf of the group proposing a $1.5-billion development on property that is home to more than 200 acres of provincially significant wetlands.

“I did not know that you were lobbying the Premier,” Coun. Carolynn Ioannoni told Mayor Jim Diodati at Tuesday’s meeting of Niagara Falls City Council. “I haven’t seen one letter from you to the Premier. They haven’t been copied to council. We didn’t give a motion to direct letters to the Premier lobbying for the developer, so if we could as a council get copies of those letters that would be fantastic.”

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