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    Chamber not on board with entry fees

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It may be promoting “1 Less Trip” to the U.S., but the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce isn’t on board with Canadians paying an entry fee to visit their neighbours to the south.

    The U.S. is proposing a “land border crossing fee” to ease the country’s financial situation. The Department of Homeland Security’s 2014 budget calls for a study on the costs to collect a fee from vehicles and pedestrians crossing the border, and to complete it within nine months.

    The department’s secretary, Janet Napolitano, wrote in written testimony two weeks ago fees to support processing travellers haven’t been adjusted for more than 10 years and more customs officers are needed.

    Kithio Mwanzia, the chamber’s director of government relations, said a fee would “greatly impact” cross-border trading.

    NPC appoints new chair

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    From Niagara This Week:

    After almost five months in the interim position, Janice Thomson has been appointed the chair of the Niagara Parks Commission’s Board of Directors.

    While the announcement was made by Tourism and Culture Minister Michael Chan on Wednesday, the appointment was actually effective Nov. 16. Thomson, executive director of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce & Visitor and Convention Bureau, also has experience as a sales and marketing consultant and a former owner and operator of a restaurant in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

    The Niagara Falls Review also had an article called Janice Thomson named permanent chair of NPC

    In business, we have to look for new tourism possibilities

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce is reflecting on business activity during 2009 and wondering how the year before us will play out. An old friend told me once there are always possibilities.

    But we have to find them. We hope in 2010 we will find new possibilities on working together to find ways to strengthen our economy here in Niagara Falls.

    One sector in the business world for Niagara Falls is tourism. There is no doubt this sector has grown over the past several years. While the Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce encourages and supports diversity, we also recognize the need to continue to grow the tourism sector.


    Tourism minister pushes ‘stay-cations’

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The provincial government is doing its part to help Ontario’s tourism industry, and the roughly 300,000 people who depend on it for all or part of their living, through challenging times.

    That’s the message Tourism Minister Monique Smith delivered during a luncheon meeting sponsored by the Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce Monday.

    “Today, the tourism industry is facing challenges beyond its control,” said Smith. “This means we as a government are being challenged to bring forth solutions.”

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