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    Giving a Jet Boat ride to the world

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The future of one of the most famous boat rides in the world is very much in doubt as the Maid of the Mist teeters on the edge of extinction.

    But those who operate that “other” boat attraction on the lower Niagara River say their future is looking brighter — and not just because a mild winter means an early start to the season.

    Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours will celebrate its 20th anniversary this summer amid increasing popularity, especially on the U.S. side of the border.

    The attraction appears to be on the cusp of a change in how international tourism dollars are being spent, with Canada not necessarily the first choice anymore for visitors to Niagara Falls. Jet Boat owner John Kinney said he is taking full advantage of this, traveling around the globe selling his attraction to tour operators and promoting the region.

    Tours4Fun Announces “Maid of the Mist” Tours in the Boat Ride’s Finale Month – October 2010

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    From a press release seen on BusinessWire:

    Los Angeles based online tour provider – Tours4Fun recently launched their brand-new and cost effective tour packages to Niagara Falls that mainly highlight one of the most popular boat rides and a prominent tourist attraction – ‘Maid of the Mist’. “As October is the finale month of this fabulous boat ride, we wanted to offer one last chance to our travelers to experience the magnificence of Niagara Falls by boarding the famous boat. The last day to enjoy this unique journey to the falls is October 24th, so we have designed exciting tour packages that start just at $74, for all those enthusiasts who can’t wait till April 2011 to get soaked in the beauty of the falls”, according to Jason Hong, Product Development Manager at Tours4Fun.

    Recalling ‘Niagara Miracle’ 50 years later

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    From the Tonawanda News:

    Roger Woodward still remembers how bored and lonely he was that day, July 9, 1960, until a family friend invited him for a boat ride on the upper Niagara River.

    Seven years old then, he didn’t even know where he was going, but he was sure it would be a good time.

    Roger’s sister, Deanne, was celebrating her 17th birthday and James Honeycutt, 42, a family friend, thought the Woodward children would enjoy an outing in his 12-foot aluminum boat with the 71?2 horsepower motor.

    It would be a tension-filled day they’d never forget.

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