From a PR Newswire press release seen on Yahoo! Canada Finance:
For the 10th consecutive year, Fallsview Casino’s luxury 374-room hotel in Niagara Falls, Ontario has been granted the coveted Four Diamond honour from CAA/AAA.
CAA/AAA is among the world’s best known and highly respected rating system in the hospitality industry, recognizing establishments for their world-class service, facilities and amenities.
“Celebrating our 10th Four Diamond award during Fallsview’s 10th anniversary is an incredible milestone for our organization” says Art Frank, President of Niagara Casinos. “We have always been committed to providing each and every guest with a personalized experience and attentive service in a comfortable and high-quality surrounding.”
From the Niagara Gazette:
The new Niagara Jet Adventures ready to launch boat tours along the lower river this year is planning a job fair Wednesday at the Village Center, 240 Lockport St.
The job fair is set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the center (Red Brick School) with the company looking to fill a variety of part-time and full-time jobs (e.g., retail, customer service, tour guides, marketing, boat staff and management positions.) Applicants with boating experience and service in the hospitality industry will be given preference.
A friend forwarded this to me. Apparently there is going to be some sort of a trade show on June 5 at the Greg Frewin Theatre for people in the hospitality industry so they are familiar with the other attractions in the area.
From Buffalo Business First:
Hotel room occupancy rates continued to rise through the first quarter of the year, mirroring other local statistics and economic factors that show the hospitality industry is climbing out of its slump.
According to statistics compiled by Smith Travel Research of Nashville, the occupancy rate in… Niagara Falls, hotel occupancy increased 1.6 percent in March and 1.2 percent for the first quarter. Occupancy in the Cataract City was 41.7 percent this past March, up from 41 percent a year ago and for the January-to-March period, it was 36.9 percent, compared to 36.4 percent.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
Eight months after taking the helm of Niagara Falls Tourism, Joe Fardell is leaving the tourism industry’s marketing agency to take his own career in a new direction.
Wayne Thomson, chairman of the organization that promotes the Niagara Falls hospitality industry, confirmed Fardell resigned Monday as managing director.
“Mr. Fardell has decided to take this time to evaluate his current goals and future,” Thomson said, reading from a letter sent to members of Niagara Falls Tourism.
Fardell submitted his resignation Monday, Thomson said, adding he didn’t know it was coming. Fardell was not available Tuesday to comment on his departure.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
American pastures are looking a lot greener for Canadian shoppers after the loonie opened trading Wednesday at par with the U.S. dollar.
While parity may be nothing more than a psychological milestone, the northward march of the Canadian dollar against the greenback could see more people and jobs heading south.
And that’s bad news for the hospitality industry — the city’s economic backbone.
From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:
For two decades it reigned as perhaps Western New York’s premier winter time event. The Niagara Falls, NY Festival of Lights drew millions of tourists in a traditionally drab time of year for the hospitality industry, and once captured the American Bus Association’s coveted designation as the number one event in North America.
Beginning in 1981 travelers descended in droves upon the Falls for the festival’s annual 44 day run starting Thanksgiving weekend, to see the electric light parade, and the more than 1-million lights which twinkled in the Falls’ South End as well as indoor animated displays, concerts, and athletic events.
But by the time the new century began, the luster had worn off. Competing events sliced into the festival’s once unique status and corporations, notably Carborundum and Occidental, left Niagara Falls taking their sponsorship dollars with them.
Now, about a decade after the once vaunted event went dark, there are plans being laid for its return.