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Niagara Falls continues to grow as tourist destination

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From Buffalo Business First (sometimes the article shows up free, sometimes you need a paid subscription):

On a sunny spring afternoon, Asian tourists climbed off a bus in the Fallsview District of Niagara Falls and made their way toward the iconic waterfalls, many with cameras in hand.

Those who didn’t immediately head to a nearby overview were busy taking selfies near the Fallsview Casino.

Those 40 tourists are symbolic of the more than 14 million people a year who visit Niagara Falls, Ontario. They come not only for the dramatic views but for a growing list of attractions.

CORE: Niagara Falls area has $1.82 Billion in development in the works

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From Buffalo Business First:

Niagara Falls and surroundings are defined worldwide by just two words: Niagara Falls. But there’s more to the western region of Niagara County, from Artpark in Lewiston to the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls. Municipalities include Lewiston, Niagara Falls, North Tonawanda and Wilson.

The article then goes on to list them all and their value.

Zombies, go-carts aiding growth of Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, Ontario

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From Buffalo Business First:

Niagara Speedway will take go-cart riders up and down four stories to ground-level course. The five-minute ride is expected to be ready by July

Niagara Falls seeks development bids for land near casino

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From Buffalo Business First:

Multiple properties located near Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino have been targeted by the city of Niagara Falls for redevelopment purposes. Read More…

In Niagara Falls visit, Cuomo hails new hotel overlooking rapids

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From the Buffalo News:

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Monday that a new 191-room hotel overlooking the Niagara River rapids was the latest evidence that the state’s efforts to strengthen the Niagara Falls economy are working.

In a speech to nearly 200 local residents and officials, Cuomo said he wants Empire State Development to “step up to the plate” in Niagara Falls, carrying out a multi-pronged plan to boost the Cataract City’s economy.

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Oswell leaves as Seneca Gaming CEO for return to Atlantis

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From Buffalo Business First:

Audrey Oswell, the top ranking officer for Seneca Gaming Corp., has left the organization and returned to her previous employer.

And, with Oswell’s departure, Seneca Gaming Corp. — for the second time since less than two years — will be searching for a chief executive officer.

Proposed Woodbine gaming expansion could impact Niagara Falls, Ont. operations

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From Buffalo Business First:

A vote by the Toronto City Council to support a massive gambling expansion at the Woodbine Racetrack could have a chilling economic impact on a pair of casinos in Niagara Falls, Ont. and effectively wipe out any hope of slots returning to Fort Erie Racetrack.

The council vote is one of the final steps needed before Woodbine’s mega gambling expansion can begin. Formal approval by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. is still needed and, insiders, expect that to be mere formality. The OLGC board vote could happen later this summer.

If approved, Woodbine would see an 85 percent increase in slot machines, going from 2,700 to 5,000 and also add 300 table games. Combined those are more than are currently in Niagara Fallsview Casino and its cousin, Casino Niagara.

Both Niagara Fallsview Casino and Casino Niagara are considered central to the Niagara regional tourism and hospitality industry.
Given Woodbine’s location in the Toronto metropolitan area, it would give residents and visitors from that city less reason to travel south down the Queen Elizabeth Way to Niagara Falls.

Rainforest Cafe officially brings the jungle to Old Falls Street

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From the Niagara Gazette (a little old, but still worth mentioning):

Niagara Falls just got a bit wilder.
The new Rainforest Cafe, located within the Sheraton Hotel and operated by NFNY Hotel Management, held its grand opening on Wednesday afternoon with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The event was attended by several local officials including Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, who cut the ribbon.
The jungle themed eatery will not only give locals and tourists an exciting, family-friendly place to enjoy a meal, but will also act as a tourist attraction in and of itself.
“We are very proud to bring the Rainforest Cafe to Niagara Falls,” said the restaurant’s general manager, Clayton Cobb. “It will be an awesome attraction for our local guests, but also for our out-of-town visitors. It’s always a wild place to shop and eat.”

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Rainforest Cafe opening in Niagara Falls

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From Buffalo Business First:

The Rainforest Cafe is expanding its local footprint by adding a second location — this time on the U.S. side of Niagara Falls.
Canadian Niagara Hotels, owners of the Sheraton at the Falls complex in Niagara Falls, N.Y., are bringing a Rainforest Cafe to their property. The 14,000-square-foot restaurant, which will overlook Third Street and the Seneca Niagara Casino and Resort property, is expected to open by May.

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Appellate court backs Maid of the Mist

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From Buffalo Business First:

The Maid of the Mist Corp. has won its latest legal battle against Niagara Falls interests who felt the company’s off-season storage and maintenance facilities were given various municipal approval without full reviews.

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