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    Niagara’s tourism industry welcomes special visitors

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    They are the people who can sell Niagara Falls to the world.

    It’s an opportunity that doesn’t come along often, so when nearly 250 representatives from travel agencies to big businesses come calling, those involved with Niagara’s tourism industry are ready to answer the call.

    “This is the first time this event has been hosted here in Niagara Falls, so we are absolutely thrilled,” said Lee Carr, director of sales and marketing at the Skylon Tower.

    “They come from the 10 major tourism markets all over the world. These are people who are trained in their own respective markets on Canadian tourism products from coast-to-coast,” said Carr.

    On Wednesday, members of the group spent time at the Horseshoe Falls before stopping for lunch at the Table Rock Restaurant.

    Wallenda walk won’t be cash cow for state

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Nik Wallenda will make money when he walks across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. The Seneca Niagara Casino paid him to practice there this month, and ABC-TV will pay him to walk over the falls next month.

    The Canadian government also will make money. It aims to rake in nearly $200,000 by renting out restaurants and advertisement space in the parks around the falls. The Canadian tourism businesses are positioned to profit, as well.

    But on the U.S. side, the picture is a bit different.

    Tour boats contract bid process under fire

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    From the Globe and Mail:

    The Niagara Parks Commission is fending off claims it is tilting a tendering process in favour of the Maid of the Mist, the tour boat company whose exclusive access to Niagara Falls has been controversial for the Ontario government agency.

    Last year, after a four-decade monopoly for the Maid’s American owners, the province ordered the parks commission to tender the boat lease, worth more than $5-million a year to the $80-million agency. The order followed complaints in 2008 that would-be competitors had been turned away despite having promised richer returns to the commission, which for four straight years has lost money after more than a century of steady profitability.

    A fairness commissioner and outside experts were appointed to prevent bias in the tender, but certain clauses in the bid document – drafted by the same parks officials who supported the Maid monopoly in the past – are raising questions about its fairness, and about Ontario’s efforts to improve its stewardship of Niagara Falls, a jewel of Canadian tourism and beacon to travellers around the world.

    Minister of State Moore Greets Chinese Tourism Officials in Niagara Falls

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    From a Marketwire press release:

    The Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), along with Dean Allison, Member of Parliament for Niagara West–Glanbrook, today greeted officials from the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) during their visit to Niagara Falls, Ontario.

    “I am thrilled to welcome the Chinese delegation to Canada,” said Minister of State Moore. “I am also glad to be able to show them some of what makes Canada a wonderful destination for our Chinese friends.”

    While meeting with the CNTA delegates, the Minister of State spoke about the importance of the arrival of the first official tour groups from China last week.

    “With last week’s arrival of over 350 Chinese leisure travellers, Canadian tourism has taken a step forward in terms of competing on the world stage,” noted Minister of State Moore.

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