Tag: minister of tourism

Diodati calls for clarity on hotel tax, DMF

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

It will be up to the City of Niagara Falls whether to replace the controversial Destination Marketing Fee with a new hotel tax, says Eleanor McMahon, Ontario’s minister of tourism, culture and sport.

“That will be up to municipalities, that will be up to them to decide,” she told the Niagara Falls Review during a sit-down interview following her address to delegates this week at the Ontario Tourism Summit at the Scotiabank Convention Centre.

City wants local voices on NPC board

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The city wants two vacancies on the Niagara Parks board of commissioners to be filled by local residents and not “provincial bureaucrats” from outside the region. Read More…

Wallenda sets sights on Grand Canyon

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

What do you do after successfully crossing Niagara Falls on a tightrope with the whole world watching?

“I slept all night for the first time in three months,” said Nik Wallenda, addressing media at Edgewaters Restaurant one day after cementing himself in the record books as the first person to directly cross over the thunderous falls on a wire.

Wallenda was joined by Niagara Parks Commision (NPC) chair Janice Thomson and Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Michael Chan to unveil two plaques dedicated in Wallenda’s honour.

Both plaques will be placed on a walkway leading to the White Water Walk. One commemorates Wallenda’s historic feat while the other depicts the history of stunting in Niagara Falls.

Wallenda taking his case to tourism minister

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The Niagara Parks Commission slammed the door on Nik Wallenda Wednesday, but a day later Minister of Tourism Michael Chan opened it up just a bit.

Speaking with the Niagara Falls Review Thursday, the Ontario tourism minister invited Wallenda, a seventh-generation aerialist who wants to walk across the Niagara Gorge on a tightrope, to come and speak with him.

“My door is always open. I welcome the opportunity to meet Mr. Wallenda,” said Chan, who confirmed he had nothing to do with the NPC’s decision to reject Wallenda’s proposal. “This particular project is under the watch of many, many people. It has huge interest around the world.”

Asked if he would stand behind the NPC’s ruling, Chan seemed to leave the door open, saying there are big issues at play.

“One of the major factors is economics. These are uncertain economic times. Jobs are important, the economy is important. That’s why, my door is open to listen to people,” he said.

Falls Incline Railway slated for overhaul

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

It’s time to stop the decline of the incline.

The Niagara Parks Commission has plans to replace its aging Falls Incline Railway that makes it easier for visitors to go from the Fallsview tourism district down into the park.

The upgrade is the next phase of its Table Rock Redevelopment Project and is intended to enhance the overall guest experience of Niagara.

The announcement was made Friday near the Table Rock Clock Tower close to the incline by Janice Thomson, interim chair of the NPC, and Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor, parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Tourism and Culture.

The projected opening date is March 2013.

BIDDERS REVEALED IN CANADIAN COMPETITION FOR MAID OF THE MIST

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From the Niagara Falls Reporter:

The Niagara Falls Reporter’s expose on the secret dealings surrounding the Maid of the Mist boat tour lease at the Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) in Ontario was instrumental in leading the minister of Tourism to order the NPC to put that lease out to bid. Subsequently, most of the NPC commissioners were fired.

The deadline for the bids, or “Responses to the Request for Proposals,” is 3 p.m., Jan. 31. An award will be made sometime this summer…

…Again, exclusively, the Reporter has learned the identity of the bidders:

I don’t know how they find this stuff out, but check it out!

Craitor kicks off Tourism Week in Falls

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From Niagara This Week:

Niagara Falls’ economic bread and butter is front and centre this week as part of celebrations for this year’s national Tourism Week.

In a kickoff celebration held today at the Ontario Travel Information Centre on Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor, who’s also the newly appointed parliamentary assistant to the minister of tourism and culture, encouraged Niagarans to get out and enjoy the summer in Ontario.

“Our province has so much to offer, not only to visitors but residents as well,” he said.

Tourism Minister stops in Niagara for first official visit

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From Niagara This Week:

Ontario’s Minister of Tourism and Culture has finally made his first official visit to Niagara.

Michael Chan was named tourism minister in January of this year and recently came under fire from the opposition party for not visiting Niagara Falls — one of Ontario’s largest tourism destinations.

Last month, Tim Hudak, Opposition leader and MPP for Niagara West-Glanbrook, visited Niagara Falls and asked why Chan had yet to do the same after more than 100 days in office.

On Wednesday, that all changed when Chan spent the day visiting sites around Niagara and meeting with important leaders in the tourism industry.

Tourism minister needs a map to find Falls: Hudak

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Ontario Conservative Leader Tim Hudak offered to pick up a map for Liberal Tourism Minister Michael Chan to help the government’s point man for the industry find his way to one of the province’s most popular destinations.

“I just think it’s shocking someone who has the title Minister of Tourism has not bothered to visit Niagara Falls, particularly given the concerns that we have as we head into this tourism season,” Hudak said after meeting local industry representatives Wednesday in Niagara Falls.

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