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    ‘One of the best years’ for tourism

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    A co-ordinated marketing campaign and hosting a live American talk show helped make for another great tourism season in Niagara Falls.

    “I just talked to one of the major players the other day, and he said he was up 10 per cent last year, and he’s up 10 per cent this year, so that gives you a very good idea,” said Niagara Falls Tourism chairman Wayne Thomson.

    He said the heart of the tourism sector — Fallsview, Victoria Centre and Clifton Hill — was regularly jammed with people during the traditional busy season May 24 to Labour Day.

    “People right from Clifton Hill, right down to Table Rock — people walking up Murray Hill — it was just constantly loaded,” said Thomson.

    Food festival and night market coming to Falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The first annual Niagara Falls Night Market and International Food Festival is scheduled to take place during Labour Day weekend.

    The event was created by the same creators as Toronto’s Ford Waterfront Night Market and will transform a large outdoor space on Sept. 2 and 3 between 2 and 11 p.m.

    The event, to be held at L8 Niagara Fairgrounds at 13030 Lundy’s Lane, will feature a large selection of food and art vendors, fashion shows, live music, buskers and a kids zone.

    $8.3M second phase Victoria Avenue revitalization

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The second phase of the streetscape revitalization along Victoria Avenue will cost $8.3 million.

    It’s one of the most expensive projects in council’s 2017 capital budget. Read More…

    Mirror maze attraction coming to Clifton Hill

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    Note: The Review is a little slow on this one. I posted about this back at the beginning of June. Of course, they were able to get more details than I posted.

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Construction has begun on a $3-million circus-themed mirror and laser-maze attraction on Clifton Hill.

    It will replace the former Brick City, which was a giant mini city of Legos.

    That attraction was demolished last fall after a fire in the attic of the Haunted House next door in August 2014 caused water and smoke damage.

    “It was a gift store that was built in 1960, and then it had a Cinema 180 movie theatre on top of it, which then became Brick City,” said Niagara Clifton Group president Charlie Burland…

    He said construction on the 2,500-square-foot Big Top Amazing Mirror and Laser Maze attraction began right after Labour Day, and the aim is to open between April and June.

    He said the Big Top Amazing Mirror and Laser Maze will cost around $3 million.

    Engineering for Victoria Avenue work approved

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The city is moving ahead with planning for phase two of the streetscape revitalization along Victoria Avenue.

    Council approved $365,000 for engineering design work for the next phase, and city staff will prepare construction cost estimates for council’s consideration in the 2017 budget.

    The first phase — a $3.8-million revitalization from Highway 420 to Clifton Hill/Centre Street — began in the spring and is expected to be completed by early December.

    Work stopped during July and August to not disrupt the busy tourism season, and resumed after Labour Day.

    Victoria Avenue work requires extra $230K

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Council approved an additional $230,000 to complete the first phase of a streetscape project along Victoria Avenue.

    The extra expense will come out of the city’s capital holding reserve fund and will address unanticipated intersection work, as well as additional consultant services.

    Earlier this year, council entered into a cost-sharing arrangement with the Victoria Centre Business Improvement Association for a $3.8-million revitalization from Highway 420 to Clifton Hill/Centre Street. The city agreed to a strict construction timeline, at the request of the BIA.

    Construction began this spring, but stopped during July and August to not disrupt the busy tourism season. Work is scheduled to resume after Labour Day, and is expected to be mostly completed by November.

    Bands sought for Niagara Parks summer concerts

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Calling all music makers.

    The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) is looking for local bands to perform during its annual Coca-Cola Concert series that takes place over the tourist season from the Victoria Day long weekend through to Labour Day.

    Set times are from 8 to 10 p.m., Friday, Sunday and on holidays.

    Fall brings rising tourism expectations

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Continued, targeted marketing — and an influx of visiting seniors — should help Niagara Falls get through tourism’s typical off season, Wayne Thomson says.

    The chairman of Niagara Falls Tourism said his agency, Tourism Partnership of Niagara and Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation are ramping up their fall marketing campaign, particularly in the United States.

    And while tourism usually slows down after Labour Day, Thomson said he’s noticed popular spots such as Queen Victoria Park and Clifton Hill are still packed with people.

    Post-Labour Day plans for the Niagara Falls Blog

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    Another summer season has come and gone. No one ever shares exact numbers, but my anecdotal evidence would show that it was a good year. I heard from people who spoke of certain days where Clifton Hill was packed, or certain parking lots were packed. That’s good news. It probably wasn’t a great year though, so I don’t think it will motivate any of the major players to start any of the projects that are lined up. My guess is they will probably be waiting for at least one more good year before we see a burst of new development. I’d be happy is I was wrong.

    As for the blog, I have a bunch of stuff that I need to get posted. I hope to have all of my outstanding items posted by Thanksgiving. After that, I’ll just keep lugging away. Also, if anyone is interested in helping me blog about Niagara Falls, send me an email and we can discuss it. There is no real money earned from the site (as mentioned before, I make enough to cover expenses), but if you are a fan of Niagara Falls and want to meet some new people, it might a good thing for you to try.

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