From the Niagara Falls Reporter:
If Easter week is any sort of barometer, the 2011 tourism season is going to be an exceptionally good one for Niagara Falls. Tourists were out en masse, and even the reality of $4-per-gallon gas prices did not keep them from traveling to see the world’s most famous waterfall.
The Hilton Fallsview and Suites in Niagara Falls, Ont., was filled to capacity with guests representing states from all over the union, along with a number of European, South American and Middle Eastern countries.
No one seemed to be clutching their wallets too closely, as they freely spent on sightseeing, attractions, shopping and food. All of this came despite the fact that the area’s top attraction, the Maid of the Mist boat ride, was dry-docked due to unseasonably cold weather that caused a very late release of the Lake Erie ice boom.
The Cave of the Winds and the Journey Behind the Falls operated at diminished capacity. The Cave could only allow visitors a ride to the base of the American Falls, as their famed wooden decks have yet to be rebuilt for the season, while the Journey dealt with falling rock that closed their outside observation decks to visitors in the early part of last week.
With the dawn of another busy and profitable season upon us, it seems the proper time for a primer as to how all local residents can best be prepared to handle and augment the big tourism push that fuels the economy of our city and county.
Nothing frosts the hardworking people in the tourism sector of Niagara Falls, N.Y., more than when they hear tales from tourists that locals seem to go out of their way to send people across the border to Canada.
From the Niagara Gazette:
If you were driving anywhere near the border Monday, there’s a chance you observed the traffic lines waiting to cross the international bridges.
It was, of course , the day for U.S. residents to honor their presidents.
Meanwhile, in Ontario, it was a holiday called Family Day.
Canadians seem to have a problem with how to spend their day while Americans can’t agree on how to spell it.
Supposedly the Ontario holiday was designed for families to spend more time together, either at the Fashions Outlets, Military Road, Town of Niagara, or perhaps sitting in the car for more than an hour to pass through customs.
From the Niagara Gazette:
It almost defies logic.
Niagara Falls, N.Y. sits on the edge of one of the great wonders of the world.
It boasts some of the highest-profile developers in America.
The local governments have an array of economic development agencies and programs and assistance packages at the ready.
Millions of visitors arrive each year, bringing with them millions of dollars in disposal income.
And yet, the community as a whole continues to languish behind its more prosperous cross-border neighbor — Niagara Falls, Ontario, a city that is literally walking distance away.
From The Commercial Appeal (in Memphis, Tennessee):
Willie Mae Irving of Collierville enjoyed a trip to Niagara Falls in New York thanks to the Collierville-based Forever Young Senior Wish Organization.
Irving’s lifelong dream to visit this spectacular sight was granted this summer. She was accompanied by her daughter, Betty Ethridge of Collierville, her granddaughter, Shauna Ethridge, and her great-granddaughter, Raechuhl Jones.
Irving, who is 104 years old, said, “Niagara Falls was better than I ever dreamed. We went back at night and it was so beautiful. Thank you for this wonderful gift.”
From a CNW press release:
Premier Exhibitions, Inc. in collaboration with Serge Grimaux and Niagara Theatre & Entertainment are proud to present BODIES…THE EXHIBITION, An Exhibition of Real Human Bodies at Niagara Exhibition Centre located at Stanley Ave & Highway 420. This scientific exhibition displays whole and partial body specimens that have been meticulously dissected and preserved through an innovative process. It will open on May 28 and will be presented in Niagara Falls until September 6.
To date, more than 15 million visitors in New York, Las Vegas, Washington, London, São Paulo, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Vienna and Prague have been astounded by this remarkable exhibition, which helps us better understand the amazing machine that is the human body.
From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:
Outdoor concerts are coming back to Niagara Falls, New York this summer.
The city council has voted to use $180,000 in revenue from the Seneca Niagara Casino to host six free concerts.