Category: Niagara Falls Ontario

Niagara Falls tourism fee called ‘ridiculous’ as some businesses make it mandatory

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From CBC News:

Every year, millions of people flock to Niagara Falls, Ont., shelling out hundreds of dollars for hotels, restaurants and attractions clustered around the towering falls. But at some businesses, visitors are finding a contentious tourism fee is now a mandatory part of their bill.

CBC’s Marketplace, which has looked into the tourism fee before, returned to Niagara Falls with hidden cameras in January to see how things have changed after receiving dozens of complaints from consumers about the fee.

Cultural hub a missing piece of city: Mayor

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

A new cultural hub announced in Mayor Jim Diodati’s state of the city speech Wednesday would be a “shared gathering space” for the community, and create a vastly improved Sylvia Place Farmer’s Market. Read More…

Casino operator controversy in Niagara

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From the St Thomas Times Journal:

Niagara’s mayor and regional chairman have asked the province to scrap plans to select new operators for the region’s two casinos.

In a letter to Finance Minister Charles Sousa, Mayor Jim Diodati and Niagara Regional Chairman Alan Caslin asked the government to terminate an ongoing request for pre-qualification and request for proposal process for a new service provider for Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino. Read More…

Sleep Cheap raises $142K for Niagara groups

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

This past Sleep Cheap Charities Reap event raised $142,349. Read More…

Mayors highlight community development

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Six mayors fielded questions from the Niagara business community Wednesday and highlighted some recent developments in their municipalities.
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What do you love about your city?

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

What do you love about Niagara Falls?

The city of Niagara Falls has launched a new photo/video contest asking residents what makes Niagara Falls special to them.

“When you think of Niagara Falls, what puts a smile on your face?” asked Niagara Falls mayor Jim Diodati…

Contestants do not have to live in Niagara Falls, but must have a connection to the city

Biometric screening would be a ‘disaster’

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

President Donald Trump’s push to have all visitors entering and exiting the United States subjected to biometric screening – such as finger-printing, retina scans or facial recognition tests – would be a “disaster,” says the general manager of the Peace Bridge Authority. Read More…

Bridge commission elects 2017 officers

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

American businessman Russell Quarantello has been elected chairman of the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, while Canadian accountant John Lopinski has been elected vice chairman.

The commission, which is a bi-national entity that owns and operates the Rainbow, Whirlpool Rapids and Queenston-Lewiston bridges between Canada and the United States, elected its 2017 slate of officers during its recent annual general meeting.

Quarantello was appointed to the commission in March 2012 and lives in Lewiston, N.Y. He serves as the business manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 237. He is a master electrician who has worked for numerous contractors over the years.

Party on! Mike Myers shares where to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday

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From USA Today:

Canada celebrates its 150th birthday this year, and perhaps there’s no one more excited than Mike Myers. The native son, who played Austin Powers, voiced Shrek and created Wayne’s World, was born north of the border and hasn’t forgotten his roots. He recently published Canada (Doubleday Canada, $39.95), which lovingly explores the nation’s quirks and strengths… He shares some favorite spots with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY…

Sure, you can see if from the American side, but you’re going to want to cross the border. “Not to be shamelessly Canadian, but the Canadian side is better (and there’s a casino, too),” Myers says. And leave time to ride the Maid of the Mist boat at the foot of the falls. “Truly a wonder of the world.”

Council to ask locals be exempt from DMF

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

It appears Niagara Falls city council is finally wading into the contentious waters of the Destination Marketing Fee (DMF).

At Tuesday’s meeting, Coun. Wayne Campbell introduced a motion calling on Mayor Jim Diodati to meet with the city’s tourism stakeholders to possibly remove the fee for Niagara Falls residents…

“There always has been bad vibes between the citizens of Niagara Falls and tourism,” he says. “So here’s an opportunity for the tourist industry to mend some fences, I think. Because we need to work together as a city.”

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