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    Details surfacing around new people-mover system

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    While officials remain relatively tight-lipped about ongoing negotiations for a new people-mover project — which appear to be wrapping up — snippets of information continue to be released, painting a slight picture of how the bus system could operate.

    An agreement between the City of Niagara Falls and the Niagara Parks Commission to shuttle tourists through some of its respective properties is now before lawyers.

    Officials are careful not to say anything that could jeopardize what has been a decades-old dream for some politicians and tourism industry stakeholders.

    But on Wednesday, Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati told The Niagara Falls Review the plan is for the people-mover system to include three routes by 2012, spreading tourists around the city in a “seamless” and “integrated” fashion.

    Believe it or not: There really does seem to be a deal on $50-million people mover for Niagara Falls

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    From Bullet News Niagara:

    Niagara Falls council went behind closed doors late Tuesday afternoon for a special meeting to receive an update on the status of the people-mover project – the $50-million transit system for tourists that is being developed in partnership with the Niagara Parks Commission.

    Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati said Tuesday night announcement of the details is imminent and that the two sides are “down to the brass-tacks now.”

    Falls a tourism anchor for Niagara: Diodati

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    From Niagara This Week:

    In Jim Diodati’s eyes, Niagara Falls is a piece of bait.

    He says the city, with its beautiful natural wonder and tourist appeal, is what draws people to the Niagara region to visit. The plan, he added, is to use that bait to hook visitors and get them to explore more of what Niagara has to offer.

    Casino entertainment centre talks ‘ramp up’

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    More star power and a bigger theatre in Niagara Falls could boost tourism, create jobs and give Niagarans a better chance of getting tickets to the entertainers who perform at the Fallsview Casino, says Mayor Jim Diodati.

    Encouraging the construction of a 7,000-seat entertainment centre will be one of city hall’s priorities over the next four years, Diodati said.

    “It’s something whose time has come,” the mayor said in an interview this week, after a report on the city’s strategic priorities identified it as one of the “new tourism products” that should be developed in Niagara Falls.

    William and Kate welcome in the Falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The Honeymoon Capital wants to roll out the red carpet for Prince William and Kate Middleton after they tie the knot in April.

    Niagara Falls city hall plans to send a follow-up invitation to one it sent to the future king in December now that it appears certain the newlyweds will honeymoon in Canada, says Mayor Jim Diodati.

    “I can’t imagine they would come here on their honeymoon and not come to… the Honeymoon Capital,” the mayor said during Monday’s council meeting, the same day a British paper reported Canada will be the destination of newlyweds’ first international trip.

    Sleep Cheap underway, rooms still available

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    As families started checking into their hotels Monday for what has become a Niagara fall tradition, organizer Jim Diodati says this will be “an odd year” for Sleep Cheap, Charities Reap.

    “It has been great, especially having the water parks all on board and having a great big inventory. It’s been great,” said Diodati, who will become mayor Dec. 6.

    Some hotels have booked the rooms they set aside, but more than a dozen listed vacancies on the city’s website.

    Yet, the organizing committee and participating hoteliers aren’t sure if some behind-the-scenes changes will affect the number of families walking through the doors of the city’s hotels.

    More U.S. visitors come to Ontario

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    I’ve said this a couple of times this summer, but I didn’t have any hard numbers to back me up…

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The latest figures from Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism show a modest increase in American visitation to Ontario during June compared to a year earlier when stricter border-crossing regulations came into full effect.

    Crossings from the United States to Ontario were up 7.8% in June. Sameday crossings increased 15.2% while overnight crossings were up 2.7% over the same month the year previous.

    Wayne Thomson, president of Niagara Falls Tourism, was caught off guard by the figures showing increases in June.

    “That’s extremely surprising,” said Thomson, a city councillor and former mayor of Niagara Falls. “That’s completely contrary to the feedback and the statistical information I have received from the major stakeholders.

    “There seemed to be satisfaction with January to May, and then a substantial dropoff in June, but July, August and September coming back.”

    New Year’s Eve opening seen for renovated hotel

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Owners of the newly named Four Points Hotel, formerly the Inn on the River, are finalizing details of a grant from the NFC Development Corp. and are on schedule for opening on New Year’s Eve, according to Mayor Paul A. Dyster.

    People mover deal needs more time

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It will take at least two more meetings for the city and Niagara Parks Commission to work out a deal to jointly run a people mover bus system that will shuttle tourists among Niagara Falls attractions, commission chairwoman Fay Booker says.

    “We have a draft agreement in front of us we’re working on,” Booker said Friday after meeting with Mayor Ted Salci.

    They were trying to finalize an agreement in principle they reached in June to run a bus system on roads owned by the parks commission in Queen Victoria Park and on city-owned streets like Clifton Hill and Fallsview Boulevard.

    “We’re really hoping by early August,” Booker said when asked how long it might take to finalize the rest of the details.

    N.F., Ont. convention center progressing

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    From Buffalo Business First:

    One year to the day that ground was broken on the $100 million Niagara Convention & Civic Centre, the project hit a major milestone.

    The 288,000-square-foot Stanley Avenue center, being constructed just a short walk from the Niagara Fallsview Casino in the thriving Niagara Falls, Ont., was officially “topped” off Friday afternoon under the watchful eyes of Niagara regional political and business leaders as well as a crew of construction workers who are building the facility.

    The center is scheduled to open in April 2011 and is viewed as major piece of Niagara Falls’ growing portfolio of hospitality and tourism-based ventures.

    “This changes our city forever,” said Niagara Falls Mayor Ted Salci.

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