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    Soggy weather delays completion of Niagara Falls go-kart coaster

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    From Niagara This Week:

    While it looks like a new go-kart coaster attraction at the top of Clifton Hill is nearing completion, Mother Nature has played havoc with getting site race ready.

    The base of the track, including its ascending corkscrew, have been in place for weeks, but wet weather has delayed the pouring of concrete to finish the job, HOCO director of marketing Joel Noden said.

    “There’s been many days where it’s rained or there’s been the threat of rain. There are a lot of slope and curves to the track, so we’ve put off pour days.”

    While it was initially thought the attraction, officially named Niagara Speedway, would open this year, Noden said that probably won’t happen.

    “Realistically, we’re looking at next spring for a launch date.”

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    SkyWheel closed for maintenance (including photos)

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    I know this is kind of old news, but I still wanted to post about it, along with some photos:

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The Niagara SkyWheel on Clifton Hill will be closed until May 1 for maintenance.

    The attraction closed last Friday. Read More…

    More fun for families promised for Clifton Hill

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Some big changes are coming to Clifton Hill.

    Demolition has already begun on the Comfort Inn, a long-time fixture on what is billed as Niagara Falls’ “Street of Fun.”

    The site, which was home to a motel for more than 60 years, will be the home of a new Go-Kart Coaster track, according to Joel Noden, director of marketing for HOCO Entertainment & Resorts. HOCO owns several properties on the hill including the Niagara SkyWheel, Dinosaur Adventure Golf and the Great Canadian Midway arcade among other things.

    “It’s the signature piece,” Noden said of the Go-Kart attraction that will have riders will spiral up three or four stories high before they race down to a surface track below.

    “It’s like a roller coaster,” Noden said.

    Comfort Inn, Niagara Falls closing in October (UPDATE)

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    From the Vanmeer Free Press:

    The Vanmeer Free Press has confirmed the Comfort Inn on Clifton Hill Niagara Falls is closing it’s doors on October 12th, putting up to 50 people out of work, some people will be given jobs in other areas within the parent company officials say. The Inn is one by Hoco Entertainment who also owns a Tim Hortons and The Great Canadian Midway. Hoco’s Joel Newdon told the VFP “changes in market conditions” prompted the move. “We are looking at different strategies it was a business strategy more than anything”

    Bollywood arrives in Niagara

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Standing across from President Barack Obama and his wife MIchelle are two stars from a blockbuster that made millions worldwide.

    Wax figures of Katrina Kaif and Salman Kahn are the newest additions to the Movieland Wax Museum of the Stars on Clifton Hill.

    The duo stared in 2012’s Ek Tha Tiger, the second highest-grossing Bollywood film.

    While the actors may not be well known to Canadian audiences, Joel Noden, director of marketing with HOCO Entertainment and Resorts, said the duo are a hit with international audiences.

    “Bollywood actors are known around the world,” he said.

    “The Bollywood film industry is enormously popular. It’s phenomenal and these actors have a huge following around the world.”

    The wax museum has over 100 figures and 70 sets depicting actors in the scenes that made them famous.

    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.

    NPC exec’s $395,000 expenses to hit Queen’s Park

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The $395,000 expenses claimed by recently departed Niagara Parks Commission executive Joel Noden are expected to come up during Question Period at Queen’s Park this morning, staff in NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said.

    The Globe and Mail reported Noden, formerly the revenue, marketing and business development manager, racked up close to $400,000 in expenses between 2006 and 2009. The paper used access to information legislation to get his credit card records.

    More management changes coming at NPC, chairwoman says

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    More changes in senior management are coming up at the Niagara Parks Commission where two of its nine directors have left recently, says chairwoman Fay Booker.

    The sudden departure of revenue, marketing and business development director Joel Noden Tuesday and the planned retirement of engineer Nick Murphy mean there are two vacancies in the upper echelon of the provincial agency that manages public land along the Niagara River.

    Parks Commission regrouping

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Niagara Parks Commission Chairwoman Fay Booker has no immediate plans to replace departed Parks executive Joel Noden – at least not until the provincial agency goes through an extensive strategic planning process.

    “We’ll have to see,” Booker said Tuesday. “This isn’t our busiest time of the year. We’re coming into some down-time now, so this gives us the opportunity to take a step back, to look at everything and see how it’s best for us to proceed.”

    Tourism group gets ‘exception’

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Some “exceptions” to Premier Dalton McGuinty’s 2009 rule requiring all government contracts to be subject to competitive bids allowed Niagara’s tourism agency to spend $500,000 on an untendered contract to publish a promotional magazine, says Tourism Minister Michael Chan.

    “There are exceptions in terms of single-source procurement,” Chan said Wednesday in Niagara Falls where reporters asked him why the new tourism organization — created by the Liberals in 2009 — was allowed to commission a promotional magazine without seeking competitive bids from other publishers.

    Regional To u r i s m Organization No. 2 — a new agency responsible for promoting Niagara’s tourism offerings — in May hired Rev Publishing, a Niagara Falls publishing company to print 500,000 copies of “Niagara Today,” a 96-page “destination magazine” to promote the region’s tourism options.

    Chan’s ministry approved the expenditure by the organization’s “transitional” board, led by Joel Noden, a former Niagara Parks Commission executive, who said they didn’t have time for a “proper” tender if they wanted the magazine out in time to influence vacationers’ 2010 travel plans.

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