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    An ‘exhilarating’ way to view the Falls

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The natural wonder that is Niagara Falls has been viewed from about just about every angle and every way, but a B.C. company has found one more way to experience the falls.

    “The common denominators is that it’s exhilarating,” said WildPlay Niagara general manager Rich Merlino.

    The MistRider Zipline to the Falls held a media launch Wednesday, July 20, inviting media from across the globe, politicians and dignitaries to try out the 670-metre-long zipline that takes riders through the Niagara Gorge towards the famous Horseshoe Falls. The zipline gives people another way to view both the Canadian and American falls.

    Speaking at the launch MP Wayne Gates called the zipline just one more reason to people will want to come to Niagara Falls and the entire Niagara region.

    “Come for the falls, stay for the hospitality,” he said.

    Zipping through the air in Niagara Falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Friday was the beginning of a new adventure at Niagara Falls.

    The new Wildplay MistRider Zipline attraction had a soft opening Friday in advance of their Wednesday grand opening.

    I headed down to Clifton Hill to have my own turn on the zipline, located near Hornblower cruises. I electronically paid $56.49 and signed my waiver on my smart phone while I waited in line. The line was long and, according to Lindsay DiCosimo, marketing manager for WildPlay Niagara Falls, they sold out early in the day.

    Some people in line were excited at the prospect of being among the first to take flight.

    “I thought that made it seem more like I wanted to do it when I found out it was just opening,” said Emily Parker, from Liverpool. She was riding the zipline with her brother, Max, while their mother Paula stayed closer to the ground.

    “I wouldn’t go on it,” said Paula, “I’m scared of heights.”

    Zip line over Niagara Falls gorge set to open July 20

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    From the Buffalo News:

    There’s a new thrill penetrating the mist of the Horseshoe Falls – folks zip lining, 2,200 feet over the Niagara Gorge.

    WildPlay MistRider Zipline is on track to debut Friday, but staffers, their friends and family members began testing the ride over the weekend. The official grand opening/ribbon-cutting is scheduled for July 20.

    Lindsay DiCosimo, marketing manager of WildPlay MistRider, called the ride “phenomenal,” with “spectacular views” of both the American and Horseshoe falls.

    “It’s a completely different perspective for people,” DiCosimo said.

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    Attraction construction zipping along

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Construction is expected to start next month on Niagara Parks’ new zip line and aerial adventure course attractions.

    “There’s a lot of behind the scenes work going on now, including the final designs, and construction will be starting in February, weather permitting,” said David Adames, senior director of business development at Niagara Parks.

    The project is expected to take four months to complete. Niagara Parks hopes to offer a ‘soft launch’ in late spring, followed by an official grand opening over the Canada Day holiday weekend.

    Canadian Developers Bullish On Niagara Falls, N.Y.

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    From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

    Thursday evening, the Four Points Sheraton hotel in Niagara Falls will have its grand opening.

    “It’s a smart place to invest money,” said Faisal Merani.

    Merani and his family are investing a lot of money in Niagara Falls, New York.

    They are hotel developers from Niagara Falls, Ontario.

    2 On Your Side first spoke with Merani about 18 months ago when his family had just bought two hotels- The Fallside and the old Red Jacket Inn, both on Buffalo Avenue.

    The Red Jacket was in pretty rough shape back then.

    But over the past year, the Meranis have spent seven million dollars to totally re-do the place.

    Scotiabank Convention Centre big hit with visitors

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Pretty impressive.

    That’s what most people were saying on the weekend after getting their first opportunity to tour the new $100-million Scotiabank Convention Centre on Stanley Ave., near Dunn St., in Niagara Falls.

    The biggest headache for most drivers was getting stuck in long lines of traffic just making their way to the centre, and then trying to find a parking spot.

    On Saturday afternoon, there were times when cars were backed up on Stanley Ave., all the way to Ferry St., and it wasn’t much better for those coming from the south end at McLeod Rd.

    Convention centre game changer

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Described as a critical piece of the pie in terms of attracting people to Niagara, the gleaming new Scotiabank Convention Centre opened in Niagara Falls on Friday to much fanfare.

    Years in the making, the new centre across from the old Loretto Academy attracted hundreds of people to the opening celebration.

    It’s expected the $100-million building, which received federal and provincial funding as well as funding from local business improvement areas and the private sector, will become an institution that generations of people will use for graduation ceremonies, proms, weddings, and business meetings.

    It’s also expected that the convention centre will have a huge economic impact: it’s already created 70 full-time and 210 part-time jobs, and it’s projected that it will generate $83 million worth of new visitor expenditures in the region annually.

    If those projections hold true, it will practically pay for itself in a little over a year.

    Opening set N.F., Ont. convention center

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    From Buffalo Business First:

    Just a few days before the grand opening of the Scotiabank Convention Centre, Kerry Painter is able to finally get rid of her hard hat and steel-toed shoes as she walks around the building.

    The 288,000-square-foot Niagara Falls, Ont. convention center is that close to opening.

    Crews inside and outside the Stanley Avenue facility are spending the final days before the center’s official debut Friday afternoon focusing less on bricks-and-mortar issues and more on putting the final touches on the $100 million building that many believe will be a critical piece of Niagara Falls’ tourism and hospitality business.

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