From US News and World Report:
New York state wants to give tourists more to do when they visit Niagara Falls State Park and is asking developers to come forward with plans.
Officials say they’re looking for a major private investment to improve hiking, biking, climbing, fishing and other outdoor activities along the Niagara River so that visitors to the falls will stay longer.
From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo (including video):
Five years ago, 2 On Your Side’s Scott Brown produced an Emmy-award winning special that comparied Niagara Falls, New York with Niagara Falls, Canada.
At that time, we reported how on our side of the Falls, decades of bad decisions, inaction by out of town developers, and a lack of focus on tourism had left Niagara Falls, New York destitute and with few tourist attractions.
We decided to go back to the Falls to see what’s changed, and what has not over these last five years.
In the first of two reports, Scott looks at what changes for the better have happened over these last five years.
From the Toronto Star (Wheels.ca):
Another hurdle has been cleared by the developers of the proposed Canadian Motor Speedway in Fort Erie.
On Monday, the Ontario Municipal Board rejected all appeals against the planned speedway, which will include a one-mile paved oval track with seating for 65,000 spectators plus a road course.
Good luck to them. There are still some hoops to jump through – completion of environmental reports, that sort of thing – but the green light seems to be getting closer.
From Buffalo Business First:
The former Stanley Inn, once a landmark hotel on Stanley Avenue in Niagara Falls, Ont., will be reborn as the city’s first Wyndham Hotel .
Local developers are investing $7.5 million to renovate it into a nine-story, 152-suite hotel that will open next year. Located in the city’s Fallsview business district, it is near the recently opened Scotiabank Convention Centre and also close to Fallsview Casino Resort. The Stanley Inn has been vacant for more than five years.
As you know, I have reported on the construction on this site for months. However, I had no idea it was going to be a Wyndham property. Why don’t these companies put signs up to get the name out there. I would have included it in every posting if I had known. Seems like a missed opportunity…
Regular visitor Dan let me know about this.
It isn’t in the main tourist districts of Clifton Hill or Fallsview, but downtown Niagara Falls (Queen Street) is becoming more of a destination for people. I’m not sure exactly who is in charge of what, but a group out of Maryland has created a marketing video for the district to attract developers and tenants. You can see it on YouTube or below: