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    Small motels enjoying tourism boom

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It’s not just the traditional tourism powerhouses in Niagara Falls that are experiencing a banner summer season.

    The smaller mom and pop motels along Lundy’s Lane are also reaping the benefits of a strong U.S. dollar and a weaker Canadian loonie.

    “This year we’re seeing at least a 15 to 20 per cent increase in business,” said Max Patel, general manager of the Westlodge Inn & Suites.

    “I think it’s the dollar. Canadians are staying on this side because of the price.”

    Museums Dollar Day back

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    From Niagara This Week:

    While the loonie may be being hit hard on currency markets, it will still be enough to pay for a lot of fun on Clifton Hill for Niagara Falls residents on Sunday.

    It’s that one day of the year when Niagara Falls residents can check out some of the museums and attractions on the city’s “Street of Fun” for just a buck. And it’s going to a worthy cause to boot. The Jan. 11 event is the annual Dollar Museum Day for Cystic Fibrosis, which takes place from 10 a.m to 5 p.m.

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    Tourism officials set sights on U.S. visitors

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    From Niagara This Week:

    With a sinking loonie, the playing field has tilted slightly toward tourism operators on the Canadian side of the border.

    As of Tuesday, the dollar was trading a little more than 90 cents (.0902) against the US greenback, and tourism officials in Niagara Falls said they’re ready to take advantage.

    “Since U.S. passport changes came into being, U.S. guests travelling and staying here dropped completely off the board,” said Wayne Thomson, board chair for Niagara Falls Tourism. “Niagara Falls tourism has certainly been a hard struggle for the past several years.”

    But things have begun to turn around.

    Attractions open doors for a loonie to help charity

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Niagara museums will go loonie later this month with more than a dozen attractions in the Clifton Hill area offering a deep discount on admission prices for local residents.

    Niagara Falls residents can visit 14 attractions for $1 on Jan. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    The popular $1 Museum Day event will raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Canada. More than $12,000 was raised last year.

    The event has been entertaining local residents for the past 24 years.

    “It’s become a second-generation event,” said Nancy Clayton, vice-president of the foundation’s Niagara chapter.

    “Now, we get people who grew up with the event who are now bringing their own kids.”

    Bad news for tourism

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    American pastures are looking a lot greener for Canadian shoppers after the loonie opened trading Wednesday at par with the U.S. dollar.

    While parity may be nothing more than a psychological milestone, the northward march of the Canadian dollar against the greenback could see more people and jobs heading south.

    And that’s bad news for the hospitality industry — the city’s economic backbone.

    Loonie Museum Day on Clifton Hill

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Playing tourist for a day was a welcome escape for the Hesse family of Niagara Falls.

    Mike, Melissa and their 10-year-old daughter Sara enjoyed several of the tourist attractions along Clifton Hill as part of the annual Loonie Museum Day to benefit the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

    “It was fun,” Sarah said.

    The Hesse family attend the event every year.

    “This is an awesome event for the city,” Mike added.

    Sixteen attractions opened their doors to local residents for $1 admission and many people braved the cold to take advantage of the reduced rate.

    The event has been raising funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for the past 22 years.

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