2 Days Left! It’s Your Choice at the Hilton Niagara Falls

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On Wednesday I received the same email newsletter again from the Hilton Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls Fallsview.

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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.

Speedway backers hope for endorsement Monday

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Supporters of the Canadian Motor Speedway hope the town will give the project its full endorsement at Monday’s council-in-committee meeting.

If it gets council’s backing, the project will still need the green light from the regional council.

Normally, council meetings are held in the council chambers at town hall but because a large crowd is anticipated, the Leisureplex banquet hall will be the venue Monday night.

Before the council session begins, a group of supporters will gather at the Quarter Mile Restaurant and Sports Bar on Garrison Road. They plan to march to the meeting in hopes of seeing council voting in favour of the speedway, to be built on 823 acres of land adjacent to the QEW between Bowen and Gilmore Roads.

China makes it easier for citizens to visit Canada

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

China has granted Canada a new designation that will make it easier for Chinese travellers to visit this country, a move Niagara’s tourism industry has been eagerly anticipating for years.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Thursday Canada has been given Approved Destination Status. Harper made the announcement in Beijing following his meeting the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabo.

In 2008, 159,000 Chinese travellers came to Canada, an increase of 5.3 per cent over the previous year, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

It’s a tiny fraction of the 1.3 billion people in China, the world’s most populous country.

Tourism operators like the Niagara Parks Commission have been eager to see Canada earn Approved Destination Status because opens Canada’s door to more travellers.

Frewin provides a magical holiday special

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From the Toronto Sun:

Magicians are creepy. At least, that’s the general conclusion many of us came to during our childhoods.

We were kind of kidding when we said that. But Greg Frewin answered the question seriously.

“I think magic has gone through a lot of changes over the past 15 or 20 years,” said the Canadian and world-renowned magician, whose special Greg Frewin Magic Man: Home for the Holidays debuts Wednesday, Dec. 9 on CBC.

“I think through the media, magicians like David Blaine and David Copperfield have weaved it into a cooler art form than it used to be.”

ET Canada Rings In 2010 With ‘New Year’s Eve In Niagara Falls’

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From a CNW press release:

Global Television and Entertainment Tonight Canada welcome 2010 with ‘New Year’s Eve in Niagara Falls’, a fun-filled evening in celebration of the coming year.

The nationwide fete is an ET Canada first and will kick off with a 90-minute live broadcast from the Falls on Thursday, December 31 beginning at 11pm ET/PT on Global. ET Canada’s Rick Campanelli, Kim D’Eon, Rosey Edeh and Roz Weston will lead the countdown and ‘rock in’ the New Year with special performances by legendary rockers STYX and the multiple Juno Award-winning and Grammy-nominated, Glass Tiger.

“We’re delighted to partner with the Niagara Parks Commission and the City of Niagara Falls to deliver this exciting New Year’s Eve celebration to audiences nationwide,” said Barbara Williams, EVP of Content, Canwest Broadcasting. “ET Canada will bring its signature style to the year’s biggest night for an unforgettable evening of entertainment.”

TABLE ROCK CHANGES HAVE IMPROVED SAFETY

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The gateway to Niagara Falls from the Falls Incline and parking lot has been at the same location for more than a quarter of a century.

So what’s different now? Pedestrians are now delivered to the second floor of Table Rock, instead of the first floor.

Why? For public safety and accessibility.

Prior to the renovations, in order to gain access to Table Rock it was necessary to descend a flight of stairs or navigate a ramp that did not meet accessibility standards.

This delivered you to the edge of a road which during the summer months carries as much traffic as any regional arterial road in Niagara and more than most.

Motorists and pedestrians found the traffic signals in the area confusing. The mingling of tens of thousands of pedestrians and vehicles simply wasn’t safe by today’s standards.

Maid of the Mist could migrate if it loses NPC lease, official says

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

For the 65,000 Koreans George Denning’s company brought to Niagara Falls last year, “Maid of the Mist” was what they knew. He predicted it would be “automatic” if they had to choose between the Maid of the Mist operating on the American side of the Niagara River and a new company running boat tours on the Canadian side, he said.

“The whole thing is the Maid of the Mist. They’re not going to know some other company,” said Denning, a New York City tour operator for Dongbu Travel and Tours, the second-largest travel agency in South Korea.

Maid of the Mist is a name Canada’s tourism industry banks on. The thought of it becoming an American-only experience has city councillors wondering if the provincial government is jeopardizing the industry by inviting other companies to vie for the right to run boat tours from the Canadian shore of the Niagara River.

Twitter updates for 2009-12-02

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  • http://twitpic.com/rv2qn – There has been some concrete work done in that hole behind the Niagara SkyWheel. #
  • http://twitpic.com/rv1cf – The latest issue of Hotel Business Magazine has a full-page ad from the InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) has a #
  • Don't forget about the contest… Send me your reasons why you love Niagara Falls and win a free tour from Toronto to Niagara Falls! #
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