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    Tourism’s not shrinking in the summer heat

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The heat wave of 2012, which has had Niagara baking in 40°C heat on a number of days, hasn’t wilted the region’s summer tourism industry.

    Hotel occupancy rates in June for the region were up 7.8 % over the same time last year, according to the Tourism Partnership of Niagara.

    “It’s great to see that increase,” said Robin Garrett, CEO of the non-profit organization that works with tourism partners to promote and market Niagara as a premier destination for business and leisure travel.

    “From speaking with our industry partners, I’ve heard July numbers have been consistent with last year, maybe a little bit higher.”

    August is also expected to be a successful month, Garrett said.

    A rewarding getaway on a tight budget

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    From the Toronto Star:

    Problem: The family needs a weekend getaway in the middle of a July heat wave, but cash-flow is tight after repairs to our aging minivan.

    Solution: Use our Aeroplan and Air Miles reward points to “get out of Dodge” and bankroll a glorious weekend getaway in Niagara Falls.

    Maybe this isn’t quite as glamorous as converting your travel rewards for a flight to a foreign hot spot in mid-winter. But when the mercury is stuck at 35C in southern Ontario in July, a weekend escape to the Falls is almost as welcome.

    And for two youngsters who had never been there before, this was cause for real excitement.

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