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    Study shows economic activity of Niagara’s Winter Festival of Lights is more than 40 times its price tag

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    From a press release seen on the Winter Festival of Lights web site:

    A detailed study of the 2009 Winter Festival of Lights found that the 59-day Festival generated $57.3 million in economic benefits for the region, more than 40 times the event’s fiscal year expenditures of $1.3 million.

    In its 42-page report, Toronto-based research firm Enigma Research Corp., concludes that the 2009 Festival received more than 1.3 million visits by 413,000 unique visitors. These visitors spent approximately $57.3 million in the region throughout the festival, including $11.6 million on hotels and accommodations. The Festival contributed $34.4 million to Niagara’s gross domestic product and supported the equivalent of 646 full-year jobs in the Niagara Region.

    The report is based on 600 on-site surveys conducted between November 7, 2009, and January 4, 2010, at the Festival’s lighting displays, fireworks shows, events and entertainment venues.

    Clifton Hill Resort Update – Winter Holidays 2009

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    Last Thursday (Christmas Eve) I received the latest newsletter from the Clifton Hill Resort.

    You can subscribe to the Clifton Hill Resort Update newsletter by visiting the Clifton Hill Newsletter page.

    More Sleep Cheap 2009 information

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    The City of Niagara Falls also had a media release about the Niagara Falls 2009 Sleep Cheap, Charities Reap event (the release was titled 5th Annual Sleep Cheap Reservation Date Announced):

    The waiting is over! Reservations for the 5th Annual Sleep Cheap Charities Reap event can be made starting Friday October 23, 2009 at 8:00 a.m. Sleep Cheap Charities Reap will take place over four nights from Monday, November 9 to Thursday, November 12, 2009. Room rates for this year are: $35 per night for a standard room, $45 for a Fallsview room, $65 for a whirlpool room, and $85 for a room with access to a waterpark.

    Twenty-eight of Niagara’s finest hotels will offer their rooms to Niagara Region residents only to benefit local charities. New to Sleep Cheap this year are the Doubletree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton and the Niagara Falls Baymont Inn & Suites.

    A few of my own thoughts/observations/questions:

    • It’s good to see some new hotels participating
    • Why is the Great Wolf Lodge participating? I’m sure they have their reasons, but ultimately it looks bad since they participated before
    • I like the idea of some attractions participating. I wonder if in the future, attractions on Clifton Hill will be included
    • I don’t think my family will be taking advantage of this at all this year
    • I never did post my experience last year at the Americana. I will do so soon
    • This is a fantastic promotion, and raises a lot of money for charity. Good job Niagara Falls!

    Sleep Cheap 2009 Participating Hotels

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    Here is a list of the 28 hotels that are participating in the Niagara Falls 2009 Sleep Cheap, Charities Reap event. (you can see the official PDF here):

    1. Americana Conference Resort & Spa
      8444 Lundy’s Lane
      Niagara Falls, ON L2H 1H4
      To book rooms go to our website at
      www.sleepcheapamericana.com
    2. Best Western Cairn Croft
      6400 Lundy’s Lane
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 1T6
      905-356-1161
    3. Comfort Inn Clifton Hill
      4960 Clifton Hill
      Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6S8
      905-358-3293
    4. Country Inn and Suites by Carlson
      5525 Victoria Avenue
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3L3
      905-374-6040
    5. Crowne Plaza Fallsview
      (Fallsview Waterpark)
      5685 Falls Avenue
      Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6W7
      To book rooms go to our website at
      www.niagarafallssleepcheap.ca
    6. Days Inn Near the Falls
      5943 Victoria Avenue
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3L8
      905-374-3333
    7. Days Inn North of the Falls
      4029 River Road
      Niagara Falls, ON L2E 3E5
      905-356-6666
    8. Days Inn and Suites By the Falls Hotel
      5068 Centre Street
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3N9
      905-357-2550
    9. Doubletree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton
      6039 Fallsview Blvd.
      Niagara falls, ON L2G 3V6
      905-358-3817
    10. Embassy Suites Hotel Niagara Falls Fallsview
      6700 Fallsview Blvd.
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W6
      To book rooms go to our website at
      www.sleepcheapfallsviewhotels.com
    11. Falls Plaza
      (formerly Clarion President)
      6045 Stanley Avenue
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3Y3
      To book rooms go to our website at
      www.sleepcheapfallsviewhotels.com
    12. Fallsview Plaza Hotel
      (formerly Renaissance Fallsview)
      6455 Fallsview Blvd.
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3V9
      To book rooms go to our website at
      www.sleepcheapfallsviewhotels.com
    13. Hampton Inn North
      of the Falls
      4357 River Road
      Niagara Falls, ON L2E 3E8
      905-358-5555
    14. Hilton Hotel & Suites Niagara Falls/Fallsview
      6361 Fallsview Blvd.
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W6
      905-353-7219
    15. Holiday Inn by the Falls
      5339 Murray Street
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 2J3
      905-356-1333
    16. Konica Minolta Tower Centre
      6732 Fallsview Blvd.
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W6
      905-356-1501
    17. Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview & Spa
      6740 Fallsview Blvd.
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W6
      905-357-7300
    18. Michael’s Inn by the Falls
      5599 River Road
      Niagara Falls, ON L2E 3H3
      905-354-2727
    19. Niagara Falls Courtyard by Marriott
      5950 Victoria Ave.
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3L7
      905-358-3083
    20. Niagara Falls Baymont Inn & Suites
      5234 Ferry Street
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 1R5
      905-374-7771
    21. Oakes Hotel Overlooking the Falls
      6546 Fallsview Blvd.
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W2
      905-356-4514
    22. Old Stone Inn
      5425 Robinson Street
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 7L6
      905-357-1234
    23. Quality Hotel Fireside
      4067 River Road
      Niagara Falls, ON L2E 3E5
      905-374-2027
    24. Radisson Hotel & Suites, Fallsview
      6733 Fallsview Blvd.
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3S7
      905-356-1944
    25. Sheraton Fallsview Hotel and Conference Centre
      6755 Fallsview Blvd.
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W7
      905-374-1077
    26. Sheraton on the Falls
      (Fallsview Waterpark)
      5675 Falls Avenue
      Niagara Falls, ON L2E 3K7
      To book rooms go to our website at
      www.niagarafallssleepcheap.ca
    27. Skyline Inn
      (Fallsview Waterpark)
      4800 Bender Hill
      Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6W7
      To book rooms go to our website at
      www.niagarafallssleepcheap.ca
    28. Sterling Inn and Spa
      5195 Magdalen Street
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3S6
      289-292-0000

    Sleep Cheap, Charities Reap 2009 is here!

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    I’m sorry I’m a couple of hours late on this…

    You can book rooms for Sleep Cheap as of 8 am this morning. There are 28 hotels participating, and a few other extras. The Niagara Falls Review reports about it this way:

    It’s time!

    The phone lines are now open for anyone ready to book a room during the fifth annual Sleep Cheap Charities Reap event.

    Founder and co-ordinator Jim Diodati started getting calls from people over the summer – all eager to know when the hotels will begin taking reservations.

    They also want to know if they’re eligible to join in.

    “You have to live in the Niagara Region to take part, but I keep getting calls from Simcoe, Toronto, Buffalo and beyond,” said Diodati, a city councillor.

    Local hoteliers will open their doors to Niagara residents at a reduced rate from Nov. 9 to 12.

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