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    Falls should ‘definitely’ look at hotel tax

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Niagara Falls should consider levying a new tax on hotel rooms to fund tourism initiatives and take the burden of local ratepayers, says Mayor Jim Diodati.

    “Niagara Falls, N.Y. charges a bed tax in their hotels, and that’s how they fund their tourism,” said Diodati. “Niagara Falls (Ont.) should definitely have a look at that — if it’s allowed, if it’s to be used to market the destination and fund Niagara Falls Tourism, which is the city’s marketing agency for tourism.”

    Documents obtained exclusively by the Toronto Sun show city officials in Toronto have been working for months to get permission from the Ontario government to levy new local taxes, and Premier Kathleen Wynne has already promised Toronto Mayor John Tory — should council approve — a new tax on hotel rooms.

    Minister’s door open: Craitor

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The door to Tourism and Culture Minister Michael Chan’s office is always open and the minister will look at ways of increasing tourism in Niagara Falls, Kim Craitor said Thursday.

    Craitor, who represents Niagara Falls at Queen’s Park and who is also the parliamentary assistant to Chan, made the remarks in a telephone interview with former provincial Progressive Conservative party leader John Tory on Newstalk 1010’s The Live Drive program, Craitor.

    “The answer is the door is always open,” Craitor told Tory when asked if the minister would consider looking into getting the Niagara Parks Commission to change its decision to not allow a walk across the Niagara Gorge in front of the Horseshoe Falls by Nik Wallenda.

    “The minister will listen to ideas from anyone, including Mr. Wallenda, Craitor said.

    Political parties not ignoring tourism, say candidates

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Tourism may not be as prominent an issue in this provincial election as it was in 2007.

    But candidates representing the three major parties looking to form government after Oct. 6 are adamant they’re not overlooking an industry they say is so vital to Niagara’s economy.

    During the provincial election four years ago, tourism had its own section in the Liberal, Progressive Conservative and New Democratic platforms.

    For example, then PC leader John Tory promised more money for marketing.

    Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty pledged a “comprehensive competitiveness study,” which led to a $4-million report, which in turn led to the creation of regional tourism organizations tasked to make Ontario’s tourism industry more competitive with other destinations around the world.

    While there were specific promises for tourism in 2007, this time around, there are few.

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