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    ‘One of the best years’ for tourism

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    A co-ordinated marketing campaign and hosting a live American talk show helped make for another great tourism season in Niagara Falls.

    “I just talked to one of the major players the other day, and he said he was up 10 per cent last year, and he’s up 10 per cent this year, so that gives you a very good idea,” said Niagara Falls Tourism chairman Wayne Thomson.

    He said the heart of the tourism sector — Fallsview, Victoria Centre and Clifton Hill — was regularly jammed with people during the traditional busy season May 24 to Labour Day.

    “People right from Clifton Hill, right down to Table Rock — people walking up Murray Hill — it was just constantly loaded,” said Thomson.

    Woodbine casino ‘tough news’ for Niagara Falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    A world-class casino at Woodbine Racetrack in north Etobicoke is bad news for Niagara Falls.

    “But, you know, thank God, we have the falls here, the wine country and all kinds of great, other attractions and amenities that make people from Toronto want to get out of Toronto, and come and enjoy a different atmosphere,” said Niagara Falls Tourism chairman Wayne Thomson.

    Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. announced Tuesday the winner of a competitive bidding process to take over the running of OLG Slots at Woodbine Racetrack.

    The winning bidder, Ontario Gaming GTA, a partnership of Great Canadian Gaming Corp. and Brookfield Business Partners, will also operate OLG Slots at Ajax Downs and Great Blue Heron Casino.

    The announcement is expected to clear the way for a casino in Toronto.

    Thomson said “it was only a matter of time” before a casino was announced for Canada’s largest city.

    Fall brings rising tourism expectations

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Continued, targeted marketing — and an influx of visiting seniors — should help Niagara Falls get through tourism’s typical off season, Wayne Thomson says.

    The chairman of Niagara Falls Tourism said his agency, Tourism Partnership of Niagara and Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation are ramping up their fall marketing campaign, particularly in the United States.

    And while tourism usually slows down after Labour Day, Thomson said he’s noticed popular spots such as Queen Victoria Park and Clifton Hill are still packed with people.

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