Category: Niagara Falls Ontario

    Another festive Family Day in the Falls

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Puppets, pythons and little princesses. All part of Family Day in Niagara Falls Monday.

    With a fresh layer of snow and the day off from school and work, hundreds of families took advantage of free events at two of the city’s prime destinations, Niagara Falls History Museum and Heartland Forest.

    “It’s quite often our biggest day of the year,” said Clark Bernat, the city’s culture and museums manager. “Last (Family Day) was arguably our biggest day since our opening. We had about 1,200 people out last year.”

    Maves, Jeffs appointed to Niagara Parks Commission

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Two former regional councillors have been appointed to the Niagara Parks Commission board.

    Bart Maves, a former Niagara Falls councillor, and April Jeffs, former mayor of Wainfleet, were appointed to the commission Jan. 31 by the Progressive Conservative government.

    They will each serve a three-year term.

    Glowing review for 36th Winter Festival of Lights

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    From Niagara This Week:

    It was another successful season for the Winter Festival of Lights, with increased visitor traffic and donations.

    The 90-day festival, which ran Nov. 3 to Jan. 31, saw 89,350 vehicles and 464 tour buses go through Dufferin Islands, up from the roughly 76,000 vehicles and 400 buses the previous season.

    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.

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