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    U.S. jetboat company wants to take visitors right to the falls

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Plans by a Youngstown, N.Y.-based jetboat operator to offer trips along the Niagara River and into the Falls basin are not something that will be duplicated on this side of the border.

    That’s according to John Kinney, the operator of Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours, which has been conducting tours through the rapids on the Niagara River from its docks in Queenston since 1992.

    “There is a very basic rule of commercial whitewater boating,” Kinney said. “You never take a commercial passenger into whitewater conditions in which you do not have a plan to conduct a swiftwater rescue.

    Giving a Jet Boat ride to the world

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The future of one of the most famous boat rides in the world is very much in doubt as the Maid of the Mist teeters on the edge of extinction.

    But those who operate that “other” boat attraction on the lower Niagara River say their future is looking brighter — and not just because a mild winter means an early start to the season.

    Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours will celebrate its 20th anniversary this summer amid increasing popularity, especially on the U.S. side of the border.

    The attraction appears to be on the cusp of a change in how international tourism dollars are being spent, with Canada not necessarily the first choice anymore for visitors to Niagara Falls. Jet Boat owner John Kinney said he is taking full advantage of this, traveling around the globe selling his attraction to tour operators and promoting the region.

    Jet boats working off town dock again today

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Nearly three weeks after they were given the boot, jet boats will be back running from Niagara-on-the-Lake’s municipal dock this morning.

    An Ontario Court of Appeal judge granted the town a stay Monday in a previous court order banning the controversial tour boats from its dock in Old Town.

    The reprieve is in effect until the court hears the town’s appeal of a St. Catharines judge’s ruling last month that the municipality has been leasing the Melville Street dock illegally to Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours for the past 16 years.

    “We’re certainly pleased that we’ll be able to go back to standard operating procedures for the balance of summer,” company president John Kinney said Monday afternoon.

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