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Niagara Falls hotel owner may build another hotel next door

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From the Buffalo News:

The owners of the Wingate by Wyndham hotel in downtown Niagara Falls have acquired the neighboring lot and may build another hotel there. Read More…

Funny business down in the gorge

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

With help from some friends, Niagara comedian David Green has found the funny side to being lost in the woods.

Or at least the Niagara Gorge. Last fall, Green and a camera crew headed into the steep, often dangerous area near the Niagara River to film the “thrillarious” comedy Gorge. Read More…

Niagara Falls tourism leaders want to bring back Festival of Lights

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From the Buffalo News:

The Festival of Lights used to draw thousands to downtown in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and to its convention center and Winter Garden.

Both the convention center and Winter Garden are long gone, and so is the Festival of Lights.

But in Niagara Falls, Ontario, the Winter Festival of Lights continues to grow and draw tourists. The Ontario festival says it attracts more than one million visitors each year.

Lisa Vitello, Tourism Advisory Board chairman, said Monday she traveled to Ontario’s festival earlier this month. She returned feeling bad about the loss of the festival in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Officials want feasibility study on new event center in Niagara Falls, NY

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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.

Niagara University launches Falls tourism institute

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From the Buffalo News:

The Niagara Global Tourism Institute, an initiative led by Niagara University to “transform the regional tourism industry,” opened Friday in the Power City Building in downtown Niagara Falls.

The institute will use the university’s expertise in hospitality and tourism management “to enhance Niagara Falls’ tourism industry,” according to a Niagara University statement.

Hamister says new hotel will have banquet room overlooking Niagara Falls

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From the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal:

Downtown visitors may have another view to enjoy after a proposed development project is completed.

Mark Hamister, the CEO of the Hamister Group, said that his company’s planned hotel will have a top floor banquet room with access to a 5,000 square-foot patio overlooking the Niagara Gorge and Niagara Falls State Park.

“We’re not going to just put the banquet center on the first floor in a box,” Hamister said. “We’re going to put the banquet center on the roof with windows.”

$40 million incentive package aims to spur Falls development

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From the Buffalo News:

The best ideas for new downtown development projects will have a crack at $40 million in public incentives, state and city officials announced Thursday.

The state and the City of Niagara Falls are offering access to public dollars over the next five years as part of a competition dubbed the “Downtown Niagara Falls Development Challenge.”

Officials said they are looking for proposals for “signature projects” to boost tourism from world-class designers, developers and operators.

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Hope for shuttered Hotel Niagara

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From the Niagara Gazette:

If the building’s owner has his way, an historic hotel that has languished for years in downtown Niagara Falls will be reopened by next summer.

Hamilton, Ont., developer Harry Stinson said Monday design work on his plan for a new-look Hotel Niagara is nearly completed and he’s expecting interior demolition to begin on site next month.

Fixing the Falls: Hoping for a development

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From the Niagara Gazette:

Niagara Falls Redevelopment.

For many years, candidates seeking elected office in the city of Niagara Falls have been asked how they would advise the city to deal with the company which, through its various affiliates, owns more than 400 parcels of prime real estate near the heart of downtown.

This year’s crop of mayoral candidates and city council hopefuls generally agree more needs to be done from the city’s end to spur action within NFR’s development territory.

The majority also said they would support a direct approach — simply sitting down with owner Howard Milstein or his associates and discussing why more hasn’t happened on NFR land and what more can be done from the city’s end to help move things along.

Chain restaurants drawn to Falls

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From the Buffalo News:

Many people who work and play in downtown Niagara Falls were pleasantly surprised to see a TGI Fridays open in the Sheraton at the Falls hotel in June.

But Faisal Merani saw the move coming. The Canadian hotelier soon announced his own plans to fill a major gap in downtown dining with a key component: more chains.

“We just had one open up, but I think the city could do five or six more without blinking an eye,” Merani recently told the city’s development board.

His plans to attract a chain restaurant to his Holiday Inn at First Street and Buffalo Avenue, along with the DiCienzo family’s renovation of the Sheraton property, has local officials noting advantages and drawbacks of chain restaurants.

The chains also have tourism and development officials pointing at a steadily expanding downtown hotel market that has caught the interest of major developers from Niagara Falls, Ont.

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