From the Niagara Falls Review:
Last spring, my cohort Ray Spiteri and I did a three-part series on the Destination Marketing Fee, the notorious tourism fee several Niagara Falls hotels and restaurants have been charging since 2004.
In recent years, the fee – up to 10 per cent in some places – has angered countless tourists. And with good reason: There still isn’t accountability for it. Businesses collect the money, but do not remit it to a proper tourism agency or association. We are supposed to take their word for it that it goes toward tourism-related projects.
You can see why this is a problem. And why it hurts the industry as a whole.
Last week I received the latest email newsletter from the Clifton Hill Resort.
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From the Buffalo News:
Remember all of those rooms Niagara Falls hotels expected to book for Nik Wallenda’s dramatic tightrope walk?
If they really want to protect the tourist attraction’s brand, they should offer full refunds to anyone who cancels after finding out the death-defying feat they thought they were coming to see will be nothing of the sort.
In fact, any marketing of Wallenda’s June 15 stroll that doesn’t include “tethered” before every mention of his name will constitute the biggest fraud since Anonymous.
For those who forget, the public was duped that time into believing the bestselling “Primary Colors” was written by a Clinton White House insider, instead of by a Newsweek columnist.
This time, the public was duped into believing Wallenda would risk all in his walk across the falls in a Friday night special that ABC will stretch into three hours of ads and promos.
Now it turns out that Wallenda will risk no such thing. Instead, he’ll wear a safety harness tethered to the wire so that he couldn’t fall if he wanted to.
Which means the stunt now should elicit a shrug and the obvious question: What’s the point?
From Niagara This Week:
Sleep Cheap, Charities Reap is back for its sixth year.
Hotels started taking reservations on Monday for annual promotion that sees Niagara residents getting discounted rooms in Niagara Falls hotels over a four day period.
This year, Sleep Cheap will be taking place over four nights: Nov. 15 through 18. Niagara residents who are 21 years of age and older can reserve a room at one of 28 participating hotels. City councillor and current mayoral candidate Jim Diodati organized this event six years ago and said each year it has been growing steadily.
“It’s great to see it grow every year,” he said.