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    Tourist season kicks off

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    This weekend the prime tourist season started with most visitors likely arriving from the Canadian side of the river.

    Over there, the long Victoria Day weekend celebrates the birthday of Queen Victoria of England. Banks, schools and government offices will be closed in Ontario on Monday.

    Traffic should be backed up at the international bridges as Canadians hop across to shop with their higher-valued currency. On Friday, that dollar was worth $1.03 (U.S.).

    That hurts, if you happened to be stuck in Canada with your American buck. Chances are an Ontario merchant smugly told you that your Yankee dollar was worth 90 cents. (It’s called payback time.)

    Next weekend, many of us will be off Monday to observe our Memorial Day holiday.

    Hilton to tower over Niagara Falls, Ont.

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    From Buffalo Business First:

    The Hilton Niagara Falls will mark the traditional start of the peak summer tourism season in a big way.

    The Niagara Falls, Ont., hotel will be welcoming the first guests to its $200 million, 59-story wing on May 22, the start of the U.S. Memorial Day weekend. The wing will be home to 500 suites, plus restaurants and a top-floor nightclub.

    At 59-stories, the Hilton’s new wing is the tallest hotel in Canada and with 1,000 rooms the Hilton will be one of the largest in Canada.

    “We’ve had a huge response,” said Anthony Annunziata, Hilton vice president of marketing and development. “It reinforces our decision to do this project.”

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