From the Niagara Falls Review:
Canada’s dominant leisure destination has also become the best meeting destination, says Noel Buckley, president and general manager of the Scotiabank Convention Centre.
“We are the dominant leisure destination in Canada, generating more international demand than any other leisure destination in the country,” Buckley recently told Niagara Falls city council as he updated politicians on how the Stanley Avenue facility is performing.
“But part of rounding out a destination is becoming a destination that attracts more than one type of visitor. The best leisure destinations in North America are also the best meeting destinations. We have become that.”
He said since opening six years ago, the centre has significantly grown in the number of event days it hosts — from 140 in 2011 to 282 in 2016.
From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:
Leaders in Niagara Falls want to build a new convention and event center downtown. The center would be much larger than the current one on Old Falls Street. Officials say they’re currently waiting for the state to sign off on a feasibility study.
New York State Asemblyman John Ceretto said, “Once they approve it, which I hope is soon, it will go to the power proceed board and they will allocate the funding and our estimate is, we are talking about $150,000 for a study. We are not talking about a huge amount of money.”
Before 2002, the City of Niagara Falls had a much larger convention center, which is now the Seneca-Niagara Casino. The replacement for the old convention center on Old Falls Street is much smaller.
From Buffalo Business First:
Noel Buckley, a recognized Niagara Falls, Ont. hospitality industry leader, is returning to Southern Ontario to run the Scotiabank Convention Centre.
Buckley, 55, has been named the convention center’s president and general manager, filling a position that had vacant for nearly 20 months. Buckley was selected for a national headhunting search. He begins his new Niagara Falls tenure next month.
Terms of his new contract were not disclosed.
I recently received the latest newsletter from the Scotiabank Convention Centre Niagara Falls.
Police were probing a possible security threat at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls Friday evening.
A call of a man with a weapon and a bomb at the convention centre was made to U.S. police around 6:30 p.m. Friday. The U.S. authorities alerted Niagara Regional Police to the call.
Police are searching the building and reviewing video surveillance to determine if there is truth to the call.
This was last Friday. Nothing was found.
From Business Link Niagara:
Canada’s Honeymoon City has long been known as a tourist destination. Anchored by the iconic Niagara Falls itself, a thriving hospitality and attractions sector has become the face of the city.
That isn’t going away, but Niagara Falls is taking big strides to go beyond the bright lights to position itself as one of Canada’s top destinations for conventions, conferences and trade shows.
“Tourism is very much driven by the seasons, but conventions and business travellers will make Niagara Falls a year-round destination,” says Anthony Annunziata, Vice-President of Marketing at the Marriott Gateway on the Falls . “Niagara Falls has a premier facility for large corporate gatherings, with all the amenities to keep your employees, delegates and clients happy when not on the convention floor.”
From the Niagara Falls Review:
With new tourism-related services, and the potential for more in the coming years, officials see a bright future for the No. 1 industry in Niagara Falls.
As the traditional tourism season gets underway in the city, many of those involved in the sector are looking forward to seeing if, or how, the new convention centre will help an industry that has suffered some lean years recently.
But with the food and wine expo at the convention centre this weekend, an extension to GO rail service, with discussions continuing on a people-mover system and with the potential for a new 7,000-seat entertainment centre bringing A-list stars to the city in a few years, the long-term prospects look good, they say.
Yesterday one of my Google Alerts had a link to http://www.niagaraconventionciviccentre.com/attractions.php that mentioned Clifton Hill. I was intrigued, so I visited the link. At first glance, it appeared to be legit and I wondered why there weren’t more attractions listed.
Then I noticed that all of the attractions were owned by the same company. I browsed the site, and the other restaurants and hotels were also all owned by Niagara 21st Group (or whatever that company may have split into).
The real convention centre web site is at http://www.fallsconventions.com/
I generally try to avoid commentary on the site, but I have to say that I don’t like this. A major operator in the city has registered a domain that may trick people into thinking it is the real convention centre web site. I think it looks bad on them, and could actually hurt potential users of the convention centre if the site does confuse them.
From Buffalo Business First:
One year to the day that ground was broken on the $100 million Niagara Convention & Civic Centre, the project hit a major milestone.
The 288,000-square-foot Stanley Avenue center, being constructed just a short walk from the Niagara Fallsview Casino in the thriving Niagara Falls, Ont., was officially “topped” off Friday afternoon under the watchful eyes of Niagara regional political and business leaders as well as a crew of construction workers who are building the facility.
The center is scheduled to open in April 2011 and is viewed as major piece of Niagara Falls’ growing portfolio of hospitality and tourism-based ventures.
“This changes our city forever,” said Niagara Falls Mayor Ted Salci.
Read more: N.F., Ont. convention center progressing – Business First of Buffalo: