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.

Niagara Parks begin parkway, trail improvements

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The Niagara Parks Commission began road work this week on the Niagara Parkway, and will be making improvements to five locations along the Niagara River Recreation Trail.

Each year, Niagara Parks invests capital funding toward the maintenance of its properties, gardens, parklands, facilities, recreational trails and parkway.

Tourism minister addresses summit

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Ontario Tourism Minister Eleanor McMahon celebrated the success of the sector in the province, while acknowledging it faces challenges as a result of her government’s policies.

“This sesquicentennial year has been nothing short of extraordinary, with so many special events and visitor experiences,” she told a room full of delegates during the second of a two-day Ontario Tourism Summit at Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls Tuesday.

“While there is much to celebrate, I am — we are — cognizant that there are some challenges on the horizon, and despite our significant assets and opportunities, you have been grappling with some challenges.”

New Year’s concert still alive, but no TV for 3rd year

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

For a third straight year, the New Year’s Eve concert in Niagara Falls won’t be televised.

Nor, as originally hoped, will it be live streamed.

But with this year’s line-up likely announced within a couple of weeks, Mayor Jim Diodati hints changes are coming to the annual show.

“Next year’s when we anticipate there being a little more excitement and innovation and re-investment around New Year’s Eve,” he said. “I would hope it would involve TV or a TV/streaming combination.”

Niagara Falls planning unreal holiday lights festival this year

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From blogTO:

Canada’s largest lights festival is celebrating its 35th anniversary in Niagara Falls this year – and organizers say it’ll be their “brightest season yet.”

More than a million people from around the world come each year to see more than two million lights displayed throughout Niagara Falls during the city’s annual Winter Festival of Lights.

“Tour our 8km long illumination route that travels through the beautiful landscapes of the Niagara Parks, Dufferin Islands and surrounding tourist districts,” reads the Niagara Falls Tourism website.

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