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In 2024, Total Eclipse Comes to WNY (and Ontario)

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From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

If you thought Monday’s partial eclipse was cool, just wait seven years.

On April 8, 2024 — just 2,422 days from now — a total eclipse will cover the entire Western New York region, stretching south through Cleveland, Indianapolis, Dallas and even central Mexico.

In Niagara Falls, Destination Niagara USA President and CEO John Percy said he’s already preparing for worldwide media coverage in April 2024.

Niagara Falls may have more visitors than it thought

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From the Buffalo News:

Niagara Falls tourism officials customarily say that their city draws 8 million visitors a year, but a new study may show the figure may be larger than that.

A consultant estimates 7.3 million Americans visited Niagara Falls last year. Longwoods International is still working on numbers for Canadian and other foreign tourists, said John H. Percy Jr., president of Destination Niagara.

Niagara Falls announces summer events

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From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

Niagara Falls announced events and activities for this summer.

Destination NiagaraUSA, Old Falls Street, USA, Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino and Niagara Falls State Park held a joint press conference Thursday to announce the plans.

“I am so pleased that all of our downtown partners have come together to share all of the exciting events and activities that will be taking place this summer,” said John Percy, President & CEO of Destination Niagara USA in a statement. “As we look forward to another extremely successful tourist season, we are thrilled that our visitors and residents will have access to such a diverse and entertaining list of things to do.”

Niagara County, tourism agency agree on three-year contract

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From the Buffalo News:

Niagara County and the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. have agreed in principle on a new three-year contract for the NTCC to continue as the county’s official tourism promotion agency.

NTCC President John Percy said details remain to be negotiated, but the agreement staved off the June 18 expiration of the contract, which the county extended by only one year last year because of a dispute over the corporation’s performance.

Falls aims to build on wire-walk momentum

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From the Buffalo News:

More than 13 million people around the globe tuned in June 15 to watch Nik Wallenda walk across Niagara Falls, and many say the thundering waterfalls has never looked better.

But can the city use the stunt to spring itself forward, or will June 15 be remembered as another perfect opportunity that Niagara Falls managed to squander?

“It’s in the forefront of people’s minds at this point, and that’s the best time to capture people’s attention—either a developer or tourist,” said John Percy, president and chief executive of the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. “This is the time to capitalize on that.”

Wallenda isn’t alone on a tightrope in the Falls

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From the Buffalo News:

Canadian officials this month gave the final green-light to Nik Wallenda’s plan to wire-walk above Niagara Falls—and to turn the region into a worldwide media spectacle this summer.

Now, Wallenda and officials on both sides of the border must work to make the grand event happen, and that means figuring out plenty of details before the dawn of summer.

“All parties involved are going to have to come to the table collectively,” said John Percy, president and chief executive of the Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp.

Consultant brought back to refocus marketing strategy for city’s tourism

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From the Buffalo News:

The Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. has brought back a consultant who helped start the agency six years ago to refocus its marketing strategy for the future.

The strategic marketing plan will attempt to pin down exactly who visits Niagara Falls and what markets should be pursued, corporation President John Percy said Monday.

It will be the first time the agency has undertaken a full review of its marketing plan by an outside consultant since it started.

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