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    Diodati calls for clarity on hotel tax, DMF

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It will be up to the City of Niagara Falls whether to replace the controversial Destination Marketing Fee with a new hotel tax, says Eleanor McMahon, Ontario’s minister of tourism, culture and sport.

    “That will be up to municipalities, that will be up to them to decide,” she told the Niagara Falls Review during a sit-down interview following her address to delegates this week at the Ontario Tourism Summit at the Scotiabank Convention Centre.

    New Year’s concert still alive, but no TV for 3rd year

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    For a third straight year, the New Year’s Eve concert in Niagara Falls won’t be televised.

    Nor, as originally hoped, will it be live streamed.

    But with this year’s line-up likely announced within a couple of weeks, Mayor Jim Diodati hints changes are coming to the annual show.

    “Next year’s when we anticipate there being a little more excitement and innovation and re-investment around New Year’s Eve,” he said. “I would hope it would involve TV or a TV/streaming combination.”

    Heat turned up on Diodati over Paradise project

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The city’s mayor has been accused of lobbying Premier Kathleen Wynne on behalf of the group proposing a $1.5-billion development on property that is home to more than 200 acres of provincially significant wetlands.

    “I did not know that you were lobbying the Premier,” Coun. Carolynn Ioannoni told Mayor Jim Diodati at Tuesday’s meeting of Niagara Falls City Council. “I haven’t seen one letter from you to the Premier. They haven’t been copied to council. We didn’t give a motion to direct letters to the Premier lobbying for the developer, so if we could as a council get copies of those letters that would be fantastic.”

    Diodati takes note of Airbnb booth at conference

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    One exhibitor booth in particular at last week’s Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference caught the attention of Mayor Jim Diodati.

    “One of the booths this year that I’ve never seen before was an Airbnb booth. We (Diodati and the city’s chief administrative officer Ken Todd) spent a lot of time there. We grabbed a bunch of resources, and spoke with their national reps on their approach. That was eye-opening. It was so interesting. They want to participate, following all rules. They don’t want to have groups going off and causing trouble and ruckus in communities.”

    It was timely, said Diodati, as the city is trying to come up with a better way to control vacation rental properties, which in some cases have caused issues in certain neighbourhoods.

    Groundbreaking ceremony to be held for Niagara Falls luxury condo complex

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    From MortgageBrokerNews.ca:

    The official groundbreaking and reception for a 10-storey, 150-unit condominium complex in Niagara Falls is scheduled for later today from 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Niagara Fall mayor Jim Diodati will be in attendance at 4:00 pm.

    Developed by Evertrust Development Groups Canada Inc., the $100-million Upper Vista Luxury Condominiums project represents “a sophisticated contribution to urban revitalization in Niagara Falls which aims to be a vital part of the community.”

    ‘It was a never-ending sea of people’

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    From Niagara This Week (includes photo and video):

    The city needs to do better after an estimated 80,000 people choked off travel in the city on Canada Day, Mayor Jim Diodati says.

    “We never had a transportation plan like we do for New Year’s Eve or did for the Wallenda walk,” he said after the large crowds made movement throughout the city impossible. “We had a lot of opportunity to be prepared for this.”

    Facebook was lit up with stories from residents and visitors complaining of trips normally measured in minutes instead being measured in hours. Other complaints included those from residents living near the tourist areas being unable to leave their homes or welcome guests.

    Special council meeting Thursday

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    A special council meeting has been called for Thursday to discuss the city’s continued concerns about Ontario Lottery and Gaming’s modernization plan.

    “We’ve gone on record with having serious concerns with modernization, the way it’s being rolled out, and serious concerns of up to 1,400 jobs being in jeopardy (at the casinos in Niagara Falls),” said Mayor Jim Diodati.

    “We’ve done a couple of public meetings and rallies and gatherings (opposing the plan) – we’ve met with the provincial government, we’ve met with OLG, and (Thursday’s meeting will be about) next-step endorsements from council.”

    Council is also scheduled to deal with a funding grant application for this year’s New Year’s Eve concert.

    ‘Live! With Kelly and Ryan’ coming to Niagara Falls

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Kelly’s coming back, and she’s bringing Ryan with her.

    Kelly Ripa and newly minted co-host Ryan Seacrest will be in Niagara Falls on June 5 to tape a pair of episodes of Live! With Kelly and Ryan.

    “It’s great news,” Mayor Jim Diodati said. “We’ve been working on it for quite a long time. We had hoped to have them in 2016.”

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    Does hotel tax mean end of Niagara Falls DMF?

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Will a new hotel tax the province has granted municipalities power to impose replace the notorious Destination Marketing Fee in Niagara Falls?

    There were lots of guesses after Thursday’s provincial budget, but not much clarification. Even Mayor Jim Diodati is unsure just what the new tax is, and what it means for the city.

    “I’ve got a lot of questions I need answers to, but if it’s done right this could be a good thing,” said Diodati Friday. “I’m guessing that the province’s idea is not to add a tax, but to create an environment that’s more accountable, more transparent, more consistent.

    “But at this point, we’re still in the dark on it.”

    What would a hotel tax in Niagara Falls mean for the DMF?

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    From Niagara This Week:

    More information on a measure that would allow municipalities to institute a hotel room tax is needed before what that may mean for Niagara Falls can be determined, says Mayor Jim Diodati.

    “I’d be very interested to learn more,” Diodati said Friday morning while attending a tree planting at Lions Park in Chippawa. “Then we can bring it before council, we can consult with the industry.”

    Taxes collected under the scheme would be used to fund tourist organizations.

    Currently, hotels and restaurants charge a destination marketing fee — or DMF for short. The fee is known by many names, including the tourism improvement fee. The province first allowed the practice in 2004 and said the fee is voluntary, and still is.

    The fee has been the subject of two investigations by the CBC public affairs show Marketplace, which revealed some hotels and restaurants are telling customers the fee is mandatory.

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