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Airbnb says home-sharing business is booming in Niagara Falls

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From the Buffalo News:

The private home-sharing economy is becoming a factor in the Niagara Falls tourism scene, though so far it’s made little dent in the hotel trade in the Cataract City.

Since 2014, the number of Niagara Falls-area residents hosting tourists in their homes has quadrupled, and the number of tourists choosing to stay in homes instead of hotels is six times greater than three years ago.

Airbnb, the leading home-sharing website, issued a report this week citing its success near Niagara Falls and other leading New York State parks.

Swimmer pulled from Niagara River near Maid of the Mist dock

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From the Buffalo News:

A swimmer was pulled from the Niagara River late this afternoon after New York State Parks police investigated reports of swimmers between the American Falls and the Maid of the Mist dock.

Maid of the Mist begins construction on U.S. side

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Work is underway to build a $32-million winter storage and maintenance facility for the Maid of the Mist at the former Schoellkopf Power Plant in Niagara Falls, N.Y., less than half a kilometre from the Rainbow Bridge.

The construction, which began a couple of weeks ago and is expected to be done by the end of the year, is being paid for by the Maid of the Mist, said company spokesman Kevin Keenan. Once completed, the facility will be owned by New York State Parks.

He said platforms and a vertical lift will be installed to lift boats out of the water and place them in a storage area.

“Crews will also be doing some work to increase access to recreational activities down there — increase access to the hiking trails,” said Keenan.

Wallenda needs Canadian approval or Falls walk proposal is dead: New York State Parks

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So as the details of the Nik Wallenda/Michael Chan meeting were coming out, there were also reports that if this is going to happen at all, it has to happen as a walk between the two countries. Apparently New York State officials have said a walk solely on the US side is not an option. It would cost too much money. This doesn’t really make sense to me. One of the big things that Mr. Wallenda was promoting to the Niagara Parks was that it wouldn’t cost them anything, as he would cover the costs for everything. If he would do that here, wouldn’t he do that in the US?

From the Niagara Falls Review:

It’s America to Canada — or bust — for Nik Wallenda, according to New York State Parks.

In a statement sent to The Niagara Falls Review Friday evening, New York State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said she has reached out to the tightrope walker to inform him the agency can’t support a high-wire act limited to the American Falls.

Wallenda has not been able to secure approval for an international crossing from Canadian authorities.

“A walk limited to the American Falls is not what New York approved or envisioned in legislation authorizing Nik Wallenda to traverse the Niagara River Gorge from the United States to Canada,” Harvey said in the statement.

“The costs to New York State of managing a walk only across the American Falls would exceed $1 million in direct state expenses, while, because of the physical topography of Niagara Falls and crowd-safety concerns, the number of people who could watch such a walk would be extremely limited.

“As a result, despite the costs to New York State, the vast majority of people on the U.S. side would be turned away from the park and never see the walk.”

Hafen to the rescue, again

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From Niagara This Week:

A Niagara Falls helicopter pilot once again swooped into action after two New York State Parks Police officers were reported stranded in the Niagara River waters above the Horseshoe Falls.

The Niagara Parks Police Service received a call shortly before 6 a.m. on Saturday mroning, with reports that a New York State Parks Police vessel was in distress above the Horseshoe Falls. The officers had been responding to reports of another vessel in distress in the heavy fog, when they began to experience difficulties themselves. The NYSPP vessel had provided assistance to the private boater and then needed help themselves.

In the darkness, the NYSPP officers were unsure where they sat in relation ot the brink of the falls, and used emergency measures to keep the vessel in place until a possible rescue or until sunlight
Ruedi Hafen, owner of Niagara Helicopters, was called to the scene after attempts for a land rescue were unsuccessful.

Niagara Falls State Park Named Top ‘Green’ Destination in New York

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From a press release found on Hospitality-1st.com:

Niagara Falls State Park topped New York’s top ten green travel destinations Monday (April 26) by I Love New York, as part of the state tourism agency’s new “Green Heart NY” promotion initiative.

“It’s truly fitting that New York’s oldest state park topped the list of green destinations in the year of its 125th anniversary,” said Carol Ash, Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. “New York’s state parks are our greenest and greatest treasures, drawing tens of millions of visitors every year – not only because they’re affordable vacation destinations right in our own backyard – but because there’s nothing else like them in the world.”

Maid of the Mist under siege

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From the Tonawanda News:

An Atlanta businessman with eyes on the boat tour operation in Niagara Falls has filed a lawsuit in Albany in an effort to force state officials to allow his company to compete against the Maid of the Mist Corp.

William Windsor, whose son owns a tour-ticket company known as Alcatraz Media, announced on Wednesday he has taken legal action against New York State Parks, the Office of the state Comptroller, the attorney general, Gov. David Paterson, former state parks commissioner Ed Rutkowski and Maid of the Mist officials James and Christopher Glynn in an attempt to void the state’s boat service license with Maid of the Mist which has been offering trips on the river below Niagara Falls since 1846.

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