Tag: boat tours

    New jet boat firm to hold job fair Wednesday in Youngstown

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    The new Niagara Jet Adventures ready to launch boat tours along the lower river this year is planning a job fair Wednesday at the Village Center, 240 Lockport St.

    The job fair is set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the center (Red Brick School) with the company looking to fill a variety of part-time and full-time jobs (e.g., retail, customer service, tour guides, marketing, boat staff and management positions.) Applicants with boating experience and service in the hospitality industry will be given preference.

    First Hornblower boat ready for shipment

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    I know this is a couple of weeks old, but I wanted to include it in case you missed it. The article also has a picture of the new boat. It looks very nice, but a little plain.

    From Buffalo Business First:

    The first of the two catamarans that will carry Hornblower Niagara Cruises passengers in spring 2014 has been completed and will soon be transported to its home base Niagara Falls, Ont.

    Hike Metal, based in Wheatley, Ont., is constructing the two catamarans for Hornblower Niagara Cruises, the firm that will begin tour boat operations in the lower Niagara Gorge this spring.

    More on the Maid of the Mist running this year

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    On Wednesday I posted an article about how the Maid of the Mist is going to be running this year (no surprise there). Here are a couple more articles:

    Parks official resigns post in Canada

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Fay Booker, general manager of the Niagara Parks Commission, has resigned from the Canadian park agency.

    The reasons for Booker’s resignation are unclear, though a source familiar with the situation said tensions between the agency and the Niagara Falls, Ont., city government likely played a role.

    Before her hiring as general manager last summer, Booker served as chairwoman for the commission, which has garnered increased attention in recent months because of its decision to allow stuntman Nik Wallenda to walk on a tightrope above the falls and awarding a 30-year contract allowing Hornblower Cruises to run boat tours around the falls.

    “We will build on the foundation Ms. Booker helped to establish and continue moving in a new strategic direction to ensure a strong, sustainable future for the Niagara Parks Commission,” interim Parks Commission Chairwoman Janice Thomson said in a statement.

    Hornblower Cruises hopes to persuade Maid of the Mist operator to exit

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    From the Buffalo News:

    When a San Francisco company begins operating boat tours in Niagara Falls, Ont., in 2014, it won’t be with the iconic Maid of the Mist name.

    And if Hornblower Cruises & Events gets its way, it will be the only tour boat operator in the Niagara Gorge.

    “We’re not anxious to share space,” Hornblower chief executive Terry MacRae said Monday. “I think when we all meet [with Maid of the Mist officials] and discuss, they’ll find out it’s great timing to exit, and we’ll do our best to help that happen gracefully.”

    Maid of the Mist may not run again

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    Apparently there is concern now about whether the existing Maid of the Mist will run this season. I’m sure something will get resolved.

    Here are some articles about it:

    News regarding the Maid of the Mist

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    I’ve waited for the “dust to settle” before posting more about the Maid of the Mist. There were lots of articles posted, but as usual, other than the local sites they were mostly Associated Press or Canadian Press articles. Here are a selection of good articles:

    Parks Commission needs more time for boat tour lease decision

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It has had more than 11 months to pick a winner, but the Niagara Parks Commission says its evaluation team needs more time.

    More than a year and a half after a long-term operator for boat tours at the base of the Horseshoe Falls was originally supposed to be found, NPC officials said Thursday the team making the decision needs another “five or six weeks,” before announcing a winning bidder.

    The deal will be worth a minimum of $5.5 million per year, not including the commission’s share of annual revenue from ticket and souvenir sales.

    Chairwoman Janice Thomson had said she expected to announce who would be awarded a 25-year lease to operate boat tours near the falls by the end of 2011, but she told The Niagara Falls Review the complex process to select a winner is still underway.

    Next tour boat operator could be named by year’s end: NPC

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The winner of the much-publicized bid to provide boat tours in the Niagara gorge could be named by the end of the year, says Janice Thomson, interim chairwoman of the Niagara Parks Commission.

    “We’re currently still in the review process. There has been a lot of detail throughout the whole procurement process. The decision will last a long time and we want to make sure it’s done thoroughly,” said Thomson.

    “But if you’re asking me to forecast, I’d say there will be an announcement before the end of the year.”

    Boat tour procurement process ‘free from any apparent bias’: Fairness commissioner

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The Niagara Parks Commission has been fair, open and transparent so far in a procurement process that will eventually lead to the selection of an organization to operate boat tours in the Niagara gorge, says a government-appointed fairness commissioner.

    In the first of what is expected to be four reports, Howard Grant, the fairness commissioner who was appointed by the provincial government to observe, monitor and oversee the procurement process, said the request for proposal was “complete and consistent with best procurement policies and free from any apparent bias.”

    According to Grant, the RFP was open to all proponents, not only those that were pre-registered.

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