Tag: 2016

    Hornblower cruises season starts (last) Saturday

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    I know I’m a couple of days late…

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Hornblower Niagara Cruises is set to sail for a fourth season, starting Saturday.

    The relatively mild winter meant there was no ice buildup in the Niagara River, so the boat tour operator set the April 1 start date and also began accepting bookings last month.

    “We have some weather and ice-modelling programs that we’ve created over the last couple of years and, about a month ago, we knew there were not going to be any significant ice concerns so we livened up our ticket sales,” said general manager Mory DiMaurizio.

    The popular tourist attraction also opened April 1 last year.

    “It was a great early start to the season and a great indicator of what was a landmark year,” he said.

    By comparison, the 2015 season didn’t start until April 30, following one of the coldest, longest winters on record. It’s inaugural season in 2014 started May 15.

    Boats are equipped with radiant heaters and visitors have the option of viewing the cataracts from “dry zone” areas.

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    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…

    2016 in review: Niagara Falls

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    This is the Niagara Falls Review’s summary of the year 2016. This isn’t all tourism-related, but obviously has some things highlighted.

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    January

    • The numbers are in for attendance at the city’s annual New Year’s Eve extravaganza at Queen Victoria Park. Organizers said 35,000 people attended the free concert featuring Tom Cochrane, Alan Doyle and Down With Webster. It was the first concert in many years not to have been televised.

    And so ends another year… (2016)

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    I know it is only the 23rd of December today, but I’m pretty sure I’m done posting for the year. I’m off now until the first week of January and will be enjoying a break with my family.

    2016 was a difficult year for the blog and website. I was tempted on numerous occasions to just give up and not do it anymore, but I got a new burst of energy over the last month and the traffic is going back up again. I hope to continue this into the new year.

    2017 is going to bring one of the coolest new developments in recent memory… the new go-kart track on Clifton Hill. It’ll be interesting to see how that turns out. There are still plans by numerous companies for new hotels, but I doubt any of them will be started in 2017. There still seems to be a glut of hotel rooms in the city, so the various operators are focusing on improving their existing attractions and adding new ones.

    Thanks for all that you do to support the blog and website. Of course, the best thing you can do is share pages, Facebook posts or tweets that link to the site. As more people visit, I’ll have greater opportunities to enlarge the site, visit more attractions, and write more.

    Falls council to consider $600K to support WFOL

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Not even half way through what’s looking to be another successful season, officials with the Winter Festival of Lights are already looking forward to a bigger and brighter future.

    With a 10 per cent increase in vehicle traffic and a 12 per cent spike in donations at Dufferin Islands through the first three weeks of the 2016 season, event organizers are planning to expand in 2017 — the festival’s 35th anniversary — and introduce augmented reality features in 2018.

    “We want to have something bigger for our opening ceremony (in 2017),” said festival executive director Tina Myers…

    Myers requested council approve $300,000 for each of the next two seasons to help the festival continue to grow.

    Another record season on the river

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Hornblower has set another record as it nears the end of its third season on the Niagara River.

    The boat-cruise company expects to reach more than 2.2-million passengers when its 2016 season wraps up Sunday.

    That’s up from 1.8 million last year and 1.6 million during its inaugural season in 2014.

    “It’s been an absolutely phenomenal increase year over year,” said Mory DiMaurizio, general manager of Hornblower Niagara Cruises.

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