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    Festival of Lights turns up the wattage with new sports events

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    With its 30th anniversary looming next year, the CAA Winter Festival of Lights is adding more juice to its lineup.

    Sponsored by beverage maker Cintron, a new three-day sports festival will take place throughout the city to conclude this year’s event. It’s expected to attract about 1,300 athletes in a variety of sports, along with 2,600 spectators during tourism’s chilly off-season.

    Festival of Lights general manager Dino Fazio looks at it as a “mini-Olympics,” with potential for major competitions and TV coverage down the road.

    “Curling, gymnastics, basketball, girls and boys hockey, you name it — if anybody wants to be part of it, they will be,” said Fazio. “The sky’s the limits in terms of the number of sports we could add, the number of age groups we could add.

    “The beauty about this event is that it can include provincial and national championships.”

    Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor announced $81,400 in funding for the sports festival over the next 24 months through the province’s Trillium Foundation. The money will be used to hire an events manager.

    WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo also had a related article

    • Winter Festival of Lights to Open Nov. 5th.

    Booker chosen as new NPC general manager

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    After more than a year as chairwoman of the Niagara Parks Commission, Fay Booker has a new job.

    The Burlington accountant and management consultant has been selected by the commission’s search committee as Niagara Parks’ new general manager.

    The announcement was made official Thursday.

    She fills the vacancy left by long-serving GM John Kernahan, who retired at the end of last year. A search was launched in April to find his replacement.

    Janice Thomson, former vice-chairwoman of the Niagara Parks board, has assumed the role of interim chairwoman.

    Booker said she is honoured and proud to be the new GM of a “fabulous” and “tremendous” organization.

    “I want to have a positive impact. I want to be more involved from an operational level,” she told The Niagara Falls Review Thursday afternoon.

    Tourism operators applaud loosening liquor laws

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Beer and wine drinkers might soon be able to walk among the teetotallers now that Ontario’s Liberals plan to loosen the province’s liquor laws.

    It’s a move some Niagara Falls tourism operators say will help the industry.

    Attorney General Chris Bentley announced plans to overhaul the rules preventing Ontario resorts from offering the kind of all-inclusive packages popular at Caribbean resorts where alcoholic drinks are built into the price.

    Among the changes being considered are dropping the need for beer tents, extending the hours that alcohol can be sold at special events, allowing all-inclusive packages in Ontario and enabling people to circulate with drinks in-hand in retail booth areas of festivals.

    “We believe any well-managed policy that makes us more competitive on the international stage would be beneficial to the industry,” said Keith Simmonds, general manager of Great Wolf Lodge.

    HEADS ROLL AS ONTARIO PARKS ATTEMPTS CLEANUP OF MAID OF THE MIST MESS

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    From the Niagara Falls Reporter:

    Chalk up a victory for justice and the Niagara Falls Reporter — whose articles on Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) and their secret arrangements with James Glynn, longtime owner of the Maid of the Mist — led to more than the unraveling of his lease.

    Last week, four NPC commissioners, including staunch Glynn ally Archie Katzman, were fired by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism. Katzman sat on the board for 40 years. The others were Fred Louws, Italia Gilberti and Ed Werner.

    NPC General Manager John Kernahan announced he would retire effective immediately. He had been there 12 years. NPC Business Development Director Joel Noden, Kernahan’s righthand man, was unceremoniously fired from his $130,000 job after 13 years. Prior to that, there was the resignation of NPC Chairman Jim Williams, who was replaced by accountant Fay Booker.

    In short, all the architects of the Maid of the Mist secret lease arrangements are gone at the NPC.

    Scotiabank Acquires Naming Rights to New Convention Centre in Niagara Falls

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    From a CNW Group press release seen on Yahoo! Finance:

    The Niagara Convention & Civic Centre (NCCC) today announced that Scotiabank has acquired the naming rights to the new facility, which will open in April 2011. The Scotiabank Convention Centre (SCC), located a mere 500 yards from the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, will draw hundreds of thousands of guests to the multi-purpose facility every year for a diverse range of events and corporate functions. The Centre will be the largest event and meeting facility of its kind in Niagara Falls and the Niagara Region.

    “This is an exciting new step in the evolution of the convention centre,” said Kerry Painter, President & General Manager, Scotiabank Convention Centre. “Our partnership with Scotiabank re-emphasizes the expectations and aspirations of not just the local community and the region, but also of the business sector on a national and international level. The Scotiabank Convention Centre is to be an innovator of unconventional experiences and a model for ‘green standards’. Scotiabank has continuously proven itself to be a community leader nationwide; and today, their investment in Niagara Falls demonstrates that one more time.”

    Lights festival picks up sponsor

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    A new era of the Winter Festival of Lights began with a name change Wednesday.

    For the first time in its 27-year history, a title sponsorship has been secured for the nearly three-month-long event. It will now be known as the CAA Winter Festival of Lights.

    The partnership with CAA Niagara will ensure the festival remains financially viable and high profile, said general manager Dino Fazio.

    “It’s a significant association between two brands — in this case, two great brands,” he said.

    This seems like excellent news!

    NPC on target for boat tour competition

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The document that will spell out what the Niagara Parks Commission wants from a boat tour provider is on target for release in the next few weeks, says commission general manager John Kernahan.

    “It’s coming along very well. I think we’re going to be on or very close to our target of late July or early August to release the RFP (request for proposals),” Kernahan said.

    But Bill Mocsan, the consultant hired by the provincial government to help guide the parks commission through the process, wouldn’t say when the document will be issued.

    He said Monday telling The Review might allow one bidder to find out sooner than another.

    Eleven companies took part in an April session to find out more about the bidding process, though it doesn’t mean all of them will submit bids when the parks commission issues its request for proposals.

    City, NPC trying to finalize people mover plans

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    A deal that could lead to a new mass-transit system serving the tourism areas could be finalized as early as Friday, the mayor and Niagara Parks Commission manager say.

    Mayor Ted Salci is scheduled to meet with Niagara Parks Commission chairwoman Fay Booker and general manager John Kernahan Friday, in a bid to finalize their existing “agreement in principle” to operate a people mover system and cash in on $50-million in available federal and provincial funding.

    “Our negotiations are continuing. They’re moving well,” Salci said in an interview. “The agreement is a master agreement with the Niagara Parks Commission outlining the obligations of each party,” the mayor said.

    New eatery at Fallsview

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    From Niagara This Week:

    On April 29 the Sheraton Fallsview Hotel and Conference Centre unveiled its newest attraction; Milestones Grill and Bar.

    The new restaurant, which replaced the Cut Above Steakhouse, is located on the mezzanine level of the hotel and serves “globally inspired” food according to Karen Catton, marketing manager for the hotel.

    The food can be described as “familiar with a twist” said Derek Rewbury, general manager of the restaurant.

    The restaurant overlooks the falls and features a lounge area, dining room and patio with almost all seats in the location having a view.

    “The venue really fits the area,” said Rewburry.

    ‘Eyes on the road’ at NPC, chairwoman Booker says

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Running the Niagara Parks Commission should be like driving a bus, says Fay Booker, the provincial agency’s new chairwoman, whose reputation for helping corporations understand how they govern themselves appears to be one of the reasons she landed the job.

    General manager John Kernahan should be the driver and the 12 government- appointed commissioners should be like well-informed passengers who have chartered him to take them where they want to go, but watch the road to make sure they get there.

    “I expect the general manager to be driving the bus,” Booker said in an interview last Wednesday, the day her appointment became official. “But the board will be on the bus and will have given direction of where we expect to be going.”

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