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Discover the Discover Niagara Shuttle before it’s too late

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From the Niagara Falls Reporter:

Though the tourist season is still underway, the “Back to School” noises are echoing ever louder, heralding the approaching end of summer’s activities. One of the players in the tourism game is the Discover Niagara Shuttle, which will see its second season close, with lingering thoughts of whether it will see a third.

Sara Capen, Executive Director of the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area and project manager responsible for the Discover Niagara Shuttle, remains optimistic, and hopeful.

More funding means brighter Niagara Falls event

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From Niagara This Week:

Organizers of the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights say extra funding from the city will allow for the festival to expand its programming for the 2017-18 event.

On May 9, city politicians approved a request for $300,000 in additional funding so organizers could expand programming to mark a number of milestones — the festival’s 35th anniversary, along with the sesquicentennial of both Ontario and Canada.

“Not only will this funding allow us to draw more visitors to Niagara Falls but at the same time we can expand our programming which provides locals with a world-class festival right here in Niagara,” said Tina Myers, executive director of the festival.

WFOL sees significant increase in vehicle traffic, donations

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The Winter Festival of Lights will be heading into its 35th season riding high.

That’s because the 34th edition, which concludes Tuesday, has seen increases across the board.

Tina Myers, the event’s executive director, said officials have seen a 12 per cent increase in vehicle traffic and a 17 per cent spike in donations at Dufferin Islands.

“As of Jan. 22, we were at 67,596 cars,” she said.

“We easily get 1,000 during the week and then 1,000 on a Saturday, so we could hit 70,000, it is possible. There’s a lot more that come to the festival as a whole as well.”

The festival is also popular for tour buses, as 440 have been through the park — compared to 310 last season.

“It has been fantastic. We can’t believe how high the numbers are,” said Myers.

Falls council to consider $600K to support WFOL

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Not even half way through what’s looking to be another successful season, officials with the Winter Festival of Lights are already looking forward to a bigger and brighter future.

With a 10 per cent increase in vehicle traffic and a 12 per cent spike in donations at Dufferin Islands through the first three weeks of the 2016 season, event organizers are planning to expand in 2017 — the festival’s 35th anniversary — and introduce augmented reality features in 2018.

“We want to have something bigger for our opening ceremony (in 2017),” said festival executive director Tina Myers…

Myers requested council approve $300,000 for each of the next two seasons to help the festival continue to grow.

Speedway developer optimistic after OMB hearing

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From Niagara This Week:

The $400-million Canadian Motor Speedway project met its latest challenge Thursday as arguments were heard in an appeal of an Ontario Municipal Board decision green-lighting the project were heard in Toronto.

Azhar Mohammad, the project’s executive director, said the day-long hearing went well and he’s looking forward to a positive decision in short order.

“Fantastic and as we anticipated,” Mohammad told Bullet News when reached for comment late Thursday evening.

OMB dismisses speedway appeals

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Appeals against the Canadian Motor Speedway have been dismissed by a provincial planning board, paving the way for the much-anticipated project to break ground.

The Town of Fort Erie received a decision from the Ontario Municipal Board Monday, which included some requirements and restrictions already agreed to by speedway officials and one of the primary opponents, the Citizens Coalition of Greater Fort Erie.

“CMS is very excited about the decision by the OMB … and that the conclusion reaffirms that our project addresses and implements matters of provincial and regional interest,” said the speedway’s executive director Azhar Mohammad.

“This will be a world-class facility that will attract visitors from all over North America. We are very anxious to begin the next steps in seeing the speedway become a reality.”

Niagara Parkway moving west along section above falls

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The plan has been talked about for years. The goal is to reduce congestion in the area of the Horseshoe Falls.

The plan calls for the relocation of the Niagara Parkway to the west just south of Table Rock.

Residents had an opportunity to view the plan, along with two others, when the Niagara Parks Commission held a public information session Wednesday at the Whirlpool Public Golf Course on the Niagara Parkway.

The other two plans related to the year-round, fully accessible Falls Incline Railway and repairs at Oakes Garden Theatre.

The relocation of the Niagara Parkway would begin just past what is known as the Bridge Of Flowers at Table Rock and would involve changes to the current parking lot behind the old Canadian Niagara Power building and the area near the Niagara Floral Showhouse.

“This is a proposal. Right now, we are getting feedback from the public and stakeholders so that then we can make some changes based on some of that feedback and hopefully finalize a plan that we can move forward with,” said Marcelo Gruosso, executive director of engineering and planning for the NPC.

Bike Rally on the Parkway

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From Niagara This Week:

It is said that Winston Churchill called it “the prettiest Sunday afternoon drive in the world” and on Sunday, June 20, thousands of bikers will likely share his sentiment as they cruise down the Niagara Parkway.

Between June 18 and 20 thousands of bikers will descend on Niagara Falls for the inaugural Bikers Rally, the first of its kind in the city. The event is being hosted by the Niagara Parks Commission, Niagara Parks Police and Fallsview Business Improvement Area. The main event of the weekend will be a mass bike rally down the Niagara Parkway escorted by the Niagara Parks Police.

“So many people when the great weather comes want to be out on their bikes,” said organizer Sue McDowell, executive director for the Fallsview BIA. “We want to give them a place to do it.”

This summer could be a thriller in the city

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

It’s not always about what you’re selling.

Sometimes, especially in an industry like tourism, it’s how you sell it.

Take Clifton Hill as an example.

As the 2010 tourism season kicks off this long weekend, the area is preparing for new attractions, restaurants and accommodations.

“A lot of people who have come to Niagara Falls in the past have that ‘been there, done that’ attitude. But the reality is Clifton Hill and all of Niagara Falls is evolving and ever changing,” said Sue McDowell, executive director of the Victoria Centre Business Improvement Area.

“There’s so many hidden treasures and places of interest in the whole Niagara region, so it’s really important to get the word out.

“We want people to know and say ‘Oh my goodness, we haven’t been to Niagara Falls in a while and so much has changed, there’s so much more to do.'”

Tourism group expands scope

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From the Buffalo News:

The Binational Tourism Alliance, with offices in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, Ont., is not a marketing group. Instead, it aims to break down barriers to tourism and cultural development. Arlene White, the executive director, said the border should not be an impediment, “just the way it doesn’t stop the Falls from being on one side or the other.”

This year’s summit will look at how other regions “reinvented” their economies through innovative manufacturing, tourism and cultural development during previous recessions or downturns.

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