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    City businesses being asked to help cover Wallenda costs

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Businesses in Niagara Falls are being asked to help foot the bill for Nik Wallenda’s wirewalk.

    Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati confirmed Friday he has asked the “bigger” business improvement areas in the city to donate money toward Wallenda’s tightrope walk across the Niagara Gorge June 15.

    Wallenda, who will become the first person to ever perform the stunt, has said the cost of the event has turned out to be more than $1.2 million — $200,000 higher than he was first expecting.

    Last week, the 33-year-old American performer set up a fundraising page on IndieGoGo.com, with the goal of raising $50,000. As of Friday afternoon, he had raised just over $7,000.

    But after Wallenda criticized some of the businesses in Niagara Falls for profiting off his walk without paying him anything, Diodati approached the city’s BIAs, which are organizations funded by businesses in specific geographic areas of the city.

    The mayor said the city has a committee working on the project and this was one of the ideas suggested.

    “We are strategizing on ways to raise money for this event. The money is geared to go toward expenses of putting on the event.”

    The BIAs have been asked to come up with $25,000 each and the overall goal is to raise about $250,000.

    Free parking, festivals for downtown

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Two-hour free parking and 10 weeks of weekend festivals are the keys to this summer’s plan to generate activity in downtown Niagara Falls.

    The Downtown Business Improvement Area board asked city council to use $250,000 of city money to help it run special events this summer, to cover the cost of free parking along Queen St., and to install fibre optic cable.

    That money should come from the $940,000 in a reserve fund that was earmarked for the city’s Community Improvement Plan, a program created to fund beautification projects and a program of grants and loans aimed at getting property owners to improve the appearance of their buildings.

    Bike Rally on the Parkway

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    From Niagara This Week:

    It is said that Winston Churchill called it “the prettiest Sunday afternoon drive in the world” and on Sunday, June 20, thousands of bikers will likely share his sentiment as they cruise down the Niagara Parkway.

    Between June 18 and 20 thousands of bikers will descend on Niagara Falls for the inaugural Bikers Rally, the first of its kind in the city. The event is being hosted by the Niagara Parks Commission, Niagara Parks Police and Fallsview Business Improvement Area. The main event of the weekend will be a mass bike rally down the Niagara Parkway escorted by the Niagara Parks Police.

    “So many people when the great weather comes want to be out on their bikes,” said organizer Sue McDowell, executive director for the Fallsview BIA. “We want to give them a place to do it.”

    This summer could be a thriller in the city

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It’s not always about what you’re selling.

    Sometimes, especially in an industry like tourism, it’s how you sell it.

    Take Clifton Hill as an example.

    As the 2010 tourism season kicks off this long weekend, the area is preparing for new attractions, restaurants and accommodations.

    “A lot of people who have come to Niagara Falls in the past have that ‘been there, done that’ attitude. But the reality is Clifton Hill and all of Niagara Falls is evolving and ever changing,” said Sue McDowell, executive director of the Victoria Centre Business Improvement Area.

    “There’s so many hidden treasures and places of interest in the whole Niagara region, so it’s really important to get the word out.

    “We want people to know and say ‘Oh my goodness, we haven’t been to Niagara Falls in a while and so much has changed, there’s so much more to do.'”

    Niagara Falls Accommodations Feature New Fall Getaway Packages on Fallsview Boulevard

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    From a PR Web press release seen at Hospitality NET:

    An array of Niagara Falls accommodations — all within walking distance of the Falls — have made the destination’s mild fall weather even more enticing with affordable Fall Getaway Packages at www.FallsviewBoulevard.com.

    Just steps from the mighty Falls, IMAX Theatre, indoor waterparks, and Fallsview Casino, hotels including the Ramada Plaza Fallsview Hotel and the Oakes Hotel Overlooking the Falls offer escapes for families and couples alike — starting at just $99.

    “Hotel amenities and a range of indoor Niagara Falls attractions guarantee a thrilling experience whatever the weather. Evening Niagara entertainment is also easy to find, with the Stay n’ Play packages at the Rainbow Motor Inn, Fallsview Inn’s Casino Token Package and the popular Embassy Suites Fallsview Las Vegas Magic Show Package.” said Sue McDowell, Executive Director of the Fallsview Business Improvement Area.

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