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    Parks to implement Chinese pay options

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Starting next month, Chinese visitors will have Chinese mobile payment options at Niagara Parks attractions.

    After a procurement process, OTT Pay Inc. was selected as the preferred vendor, catering to the emerging Chinese tourism market. The agreement was finalized with a signing ceremony on March 14.

    Once implemented, Niagara Parks will be able to accept the preferred payment methods used by Chinese travellers (WeChat Pay and Alipay) at its attractions, stores, restaurants and the renovated Table Rock Centre. It will also use the service to leverage marketing opportunities to the Chinese tourism market.

    Investors reconsidering Thundering Waters project

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The future of a proposed $1.5-billion development backed by Chinese investors in Niagara Falls is now uncertain.

    A spokeswoman for the developer told the Globe and Mail some of the project’s backers, which include the real estate fund of a state-owned Chinese investment company, are re-evaluating their commitments because of ongoing delays.

    Cynthia Lai, a Toronto-area real estate agent and spokeswoman for GR (CAN) Investment Co. Ltd., an arm of China-based GR Investment Group, told the national newspaper some investors are reconsidering their investment, but not GR (CAN).

    She said GR (CAN) is looking for investors every day, which they don’t have trouble finding.

    Niagara Glen a little greener

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The Niagara Glen is a little greener after 37 Chinese students from two high schools in Beijing planted 10 red oak trees Saturday morning.

    The trees represent a bond of friendship with Canada and Niagara Falls, said Yaping Lee, vice-principal of Beijing Wenhui Middle School.

    “The taller they grow, the deeper our friendship will be,” said Lee.

    The event was meant to celebrate both the partnership between Toronto Catholic District School Board and Canada Global Education Exchange, as well as build awareness of the importance of planting trees.

    Niagara Falls project spurred by Chinese investment

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    From WBFO:

    The Chinese government is supposed to put up the first $100 million toward a billion-dollar development in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
    That’s from Falls Mayor Jim Diodati who leaves for Beijing this morning for talks on the planned project.

    It’s been publicly in the works for months, a mix of residential, tourist and wetlands near the John Daly Thundering Waters Golf Course.

    “A good portion of the land is wetlands as well which obviously is going to be protected. But, there is a good portion of lands directly adjacent to the wetlands that are in a real neat area. But, it’s largely been completely undeveloped,” Diodati explained.

    Rights group targets bodies exhibit over possible Chinese prisoners

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    From the Toronto Sun:

    A human rights group is calling for the seizure of plasticised human bodies on display at a Niagara Falls science show, claiming a number of them may be of Chinese people who were imprisoned and killed in that country.

    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.

    China decides to unleash its tourists

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Niagara Falls is eager to roll out the red carpet to hundreds of thousands of Chinese tourists now that Canada is on the list of places their government will let them go.

    People working at Niagara Parks Commission attractions are going to learn when someone pretends to wash their hands in front of them, it means they’re looking for a washroom. When they make a motion with their right hand like they’re scooping something from their cupped left, they’re hungry. And restaurant servers shouldn’t raise their eyebrows if a Chinese tourist asks for nothing but hot water.

    “We know that when they come here, they expect to be treated like VIPs and we’re happy to do that. They love photo-ops. They love to have pictures taken,” said Katherine Fisher, the parks commission’s corporate training manager.

    Now that China has announced Canada will be granted Approved Destination Status, tourism operators should be bracing for an influx of travellers from the world’s most populous country, she said.

    “That’s huge for us.”

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