“The Office” wedding in Niagara Falls

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So, I was thoroughly enjoying last night’s episode of The Office, when at 9:45 I got a call from someone who needed me right away, so I had to leave, just before they got married. Oh well. I’ve got it recorded, and will watch it tonight. I’ll have some screenshots for you soon…

Overrated Tourist Traps Around the World – Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls


MSN Travel has a section on Overrated Tourist Traps Around the World, and mentions Clifton Hill (with a picture):

Niagara Falls is quite possibly one of the most beautiful natural wonders of the world. However, we are left to wonder why, exactly, the Clifton Hill strip exists within blocks from this breathtaking attraction…

“Meet the Wilsons” at the Doubletree

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I received this information last week from the Doubletree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton:

Meet the Wilsons is a new reality show on Country Music Television, it debuted this past Sunday, and airs at 9 pm. It is a half-hourly weekly series about a young couple, trying to work on their Nashville music career while juggling a family. The parents are Windsor born Kortney Galerno and Ottawa born Dave Wilson. They have three children. Both signed recording and publishing deals with Nashville’s Lyric Street Records, which derailed when they started a family. Now they are back with the reality show and will be launching a new album in 2010. Meet the Wilsons were in Niagara Falls this week at selected the Doubletree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton as their home away from home for the cast and crew. While in Niagara they visited locat attractions and ended the visit with a renewal of their wedding vows at Wayside Chapel along the Niagara Parkway. The Niagara Falls episode will air in March 2010. They were truly a genuine, good hearted family and the Doubletree Fallsview wishes them much success. You can follow their journey on twitter or CMT. The image is the family with Rooms Division Manager Chandra, and Guest Services Agent Jill in the Doubletree lobby.


Sleep Cheap now accepting applications from local charities


From the Niagara Falls Review:

The Sleep Cheap Charities Reap committee is now taking applications from local charities interested in receiving donations from funds generated from the annual event.

Eligibility requirements and application forms are available on the city’s website at www.niagarafalls.ca. The application deadline is Nov. 6.

As in past years, 50 per cent of funds raised from the 2009 Sleep Cheap event will benefit the Niagara Community Foundation while the other half of the funds will be split amongst charities selected by the committee.

Last year, 25 hotels helped to raise $180,000 in four days. Some of last year’s recipients were the Alzheimer’s Society of Niagara Region, Goodwill Niagara and the Niagara Peninsula Children’s Centre.

A list of this year’s participating hotels will be released in the near future.

Room rates for this year will be $35 per night for a standard room, $45 for a fallsview room and $85 for a room with access to a water park.

Public casinos, private finances

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Ask the Ontario Lottery Gaming Corp. how much money Ontario’s four “resort” casinos contributed to the government’s coffers last year -after expenses -and the agency will happily answer: $217 million.

Inquire about the net revenue from any one of the casinos individually, though, and you’ll be told you can’t have that information.

“In order to protect the competitive position of the resort casinos, we cannot provide that individual casino information,” OLG spokesman Rui Brum said in an interview Wednesday.

Celebrate a Suite Deal this Fall!

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Last Thursday I received the latest newsletter from the Hilton Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls Fallsview.


To subscribe to the newsletter, fill out the form on the left-hand side of any page on the Hilton Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls Fallsview web site.

Niagara Parks Needs To Be More Accountable

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From a letter to the Editor of the Niagara Falls Review:

The Niagara Parks Commission should be more open and accountable to the public.

It is shameful that the public doesn’t know the details of the lease with the Maid of the Mist. The best outcome would be that the contract is declared void and re-issued via an open-tender process so that all can bid.

NPC is publicly funded in part by the revenue it receives from water rights paid to it by Ontario Power Generation. OPG gets its revenue from all hydro ratepayers via the electricity line on your hydro bill.

Therefore, NPC owes it to the public to use its resources wisely.

Winter fun at Snow Park

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From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo (the short article is accompanied by a 35 second video):

If the chilly temperatures have you aching for some winter fun, Niagara Falls has you covered.

Snow Park has converted part of its giant tubing hill into a snowboarding and skiing terrain park.

Hampton Inn by Hilton Niagara Falls Recognized

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From a PRWeb press release:

The Hampton Inn by Hilton at the Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada is proud to announce that Front Desk Supervisor Courtney McRae has been presented with the Hampton Inn Spirit Award. The award is the highest honour presented to team members of the Hampton chain of hotels and acknowledges staff that go above and beyond to ensure 100% guest satisfaction, and whose performance is truly exemplary.

Upsurge in class trips is sought for Falls

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From the Buffalo News:

Niagara County’s tourism promotion agency is planning a stepped-up effort to bring more class trips by middle and high school students to Niagara Falls.

Officials of Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp. discussed the plans with hotel and attraction owners at the agency’s quarterly marketing meeting, held last week in the Holiday Inn Lockport.

“Even when everyone else doesn’t travel, when their kids travel, [parents] find a way to send them. And they usually have pretty good budgets,” said Deborah L. Duerr, director of tourism sales for the agency.

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