Category: Niagara Falls Ontario

‘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.”

Rogers Hometown Hockey coming to Niagara Falls

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Niagara Falls will be part of the 2017-2018 Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour.

It was revealed Thursday morning that the Honeymoon Capital will be the first of 24 stops this season.

The two-day celebration of hockey takes place every Saturday and Sunday, this year beginning Oct. 7 and 8 at Niagara Parks’ Queen Victoria Park in Niagara Falls.

It is open to fans of all ages, free of charge.

Niagara Parks issues RFP for development of Queen Victoria Park concept master plan

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The Niagara Parks Commission has issued a formal Request for Proposals to the planning, architectural and landscape architectural consultant community to help develop a renewed master plan that will become the provincial agency’s blueprint for the future.

The purpose of the master plan is to guide continued development, programming and management of Niagara Parks lands within the Queen Victoria Park area while also protecting and preserving the natural and historic features within the area, said Janice Thomson, chairwoman of the Niagara Parks Commission.

Under the RFP, the Queen Victoria Park area is defined as Niagara Parks lands between the Rainbow Bridge and Kingsbridge Park in Chippawa.

Theatre announced for Hilton site, to open in 2019

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The city’s new 5,000-seat theatre will be located next to the Hilton Hotel and be connected to Fallsview Casino by a new enclosed walkway.

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. (OLG) officially announced the site late Thursday, despite work already being done on the property for weeks. The $130 million venue will be directly behind the Hilton, facing Stanley Avenue, and is expected to open in mid-2019.

Construction and maintenance is expected to create more than 800 direct jobs.

Cruisin’ the country in vintage style

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From Niagara This Week:

or Rodney and Linda Tritten, a visit to Niagara Falls was always one of those bucket list things.

Now the Saskatchewan couple can check that one off as the Tritten’s, along with 99 other couples, stopped for an impromptu classic car show on Queen Street on Sunday. They are a part of the Canada Coasters, a classic car group that takes their vehicles across the country once every 10 years. This year, the group is marking the 50th anniversary of the first tour taken in 1967.

“We’re having a ball,” Linda said, as she and Rodney parked their 1953 Pontiac Chieftain along Queen Street and sought out some nearby shade. “We’re doing this just to see the country.”

Niagara Falls receives nearly $8 million from OLG in first quarter

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From Niagara This Week:

The city is set to surpass the $100-million mark in revenues derived from hosting two OLG casinos.

Niagara Falls received a first-quarter payment of $7.8 million from the OLG as a part of its hosting agreement for Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino Resort. The payment brings the total non-tax gaming revenue paid to the city to $98.9 million since Casino Niagara first opened its doors in 1996.

“OLG gaming revenue provide essential funding to host communities, which offers greater ability to invest in infrastructure projects as well as important local programs and services that benefit families,” said Charles Sousa, Ontario’s minister of finance. “These funds directly benefit Ontario’s critical public services such as health care and education, and local development.”

Tour operator blasts Falls tourism fee

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

A Toronto tour operator has blasted the city’s Destination Marketing Fee (DMF) in an e-mail forwarded to council members, saying it “damages the image of Niagara as a welcoming tourist destination.”

Jacob Stevens, owner of Tripsetter Inc., is angry that the fee – up to 10% at some hotels – is “unaccountable,” and makes the cost of visiting Niagara more prohibitive.

“By imposing an optional fee, (it) only stains the image of Niagara Falls and heightens the ‘tourist trap’ perception,” he wrote in a recent e-mail. “As a result, this can negatively influence one’s decision to visit or not.”

It reflects many of the same concerns shared on open forums like Trip Advisor, but when Stevens brought it up with a Niagara Falls Tourism member, he was told Trip Advisor is “fake news.”

What’s next for Niagara Falls’ Downtown BIA?

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From Niagara This Week:

Some members of the Downtown BIA who had concerns over how the business organization is being run are taking a wait-and-see approach as to what comes next.

And, despite the resignation of board chair Julio Batres-Gavidia, Lisa Thomas, a Queen Street business owner and member of the BIA board who went to the media with concerns over how the organization is being run, said she remains “skeptical” as to whether there would be change.

Niagara Falls council wants ‘flawed’ casino RFP process stopped

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From Niagara This Week:

The city plans to explore all “available legal avenues” with the hopes of getting the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) to halt the process of procuring a new operator for Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino Resort.

At a special council meeting on June 22, council voted unanimously in support of a resolution that refers to OLG’s request for proposals (RFP) process as “flawed” with its emphasis on revenue for the province, while ignoring economic development and job creation.

According to a report completed by HLT consultants on behalf of the City, the OLG’s plan could result in the loss of up to 1,400 jobs at the two casinos.

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