Category: Niagara Falls Tourism Industry

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.

City wants local voices on NPC board

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The city wants two vacancies on the Niagara Parks board of commissioners to be filled by local residents and not “provincial bureaucrats” from outside the region. 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…

U.S. travel ban may affect Niagara

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

President Donald Trump’s executive order on Friday limiting access to the United States by travellers from predominantly-Muslim countries could have a ripple effect in Niagara.

While border officials could not confirm if anyone had been denied entry at Niagara border crossings over the weekend due to the controversial travel restrictions, several posts on social media claimed a number of people living in the U.S. with Green Cards have been refused entry back home after visiting Niagara.

One message on Twitter, using the hashtag #MuslimBan, claimed two Yemen natives, who hold Green Cards, were denied entry into the U.S. at Niagara Falls on Saturday. Another tweet said a Somali doctor working in Buffalo, N.Y., on a Green Card who was in Niagara Falls for the weekend was also denied entry.

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.”

Falls council asked for $300K for tourism support

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Niagara Falls city council is being asked to contribute $300,000 in matching funds towards a Niagara Falls Tourism destination marketing campaign.

Politicians will consider the request during their first council meeting of the year Tuesday.

If approved, the $300,000 would come from the municipality’s casino-hosting reserve fund and help to promote activities that will attract more visitors to the city.

Council contributed $250,000 towards the program in 2016.

Top 10: Shuttle service linking area tourist attractions debuts

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The Niagara Gazette has a Niagara Falls New York related summary of 2016

For years the local tourist industry operators had stressed the need to connect Niagara Falls State Park and the city within the other area attractions.

It was finally accomplished this year with the Discover Niagara Shuttle. The inaugural service linked the city, the tourist district and the nation’s oldest state park with 14 sites etween the Niagara Falls State Park and the historic Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown.

Time for province to tackle DMF mess in Falls

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Last spring, my cohort Ray Spiteri and I did a three-part series on the Destination Marketing Fee, the notorious tourism fee several Niagara Falls hotels and restaurants have been charging since 2004.

In recent years, the fee – up to 10 per cent in some places – has angered countless tourists. And with good reason: There still isn’t accountability for it. Businesses collect the money, but do not remit it to a proper tourism agency or association. We are supposed to take their word for it that it goes toward tourism-related projects.

You can see why this is a problem. And why it hurts the industry as a whole.

$16 Billion Ontario Tourism Gap Requires a Dedicated Government Strategy – Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

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From Niagara at Large:

This Thursday, November 17th, the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC) in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has released new data that reveals a significant tourism opportunity gap when compared to international growth rates.

According to the organization’s report, Closing the Tourism Gap: Creating a Long-Term Advantage for Ontario, Ontario has foregone nearly $16 billion in visitor spending between 2006 and 2012 by not keeping up with global growth trends. While this year has been a strong year for tourism in Ontario, it is important that this recent growth is translated into long-term, sustainable gains in tourism visitation.

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