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Strong tourism start despite surging dollar

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

A top Niagara Falls tourism official is not concerned about the Canadian dollar’s surge to US80 cents this week amid a weakened U.S. dollar and further signs of a strengthening Canadian economy.

“I don’t think it’s enough to discourage anybody from coming,” said Wayne Thomson, chairman of Niagara Falls Tourism.

“I think 20 cents on the dollar is really not bad. They’d prefer 30 cents on the dollar, 32 cents, but 20 cents on the dollar is a pretty substantial reduction on (Americans’) travelling (costs to Canada) … so I don’t think we’re in any kind of concern at this point.”

Tour operator blasts Falls tourism fee

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

A Toronto tour operator has blasted the city’s Destination Marketing Fee (DMF) in an e-mail forwarded to council members, saying it “damages the image of Niagara as a welcoming tourist destination.”

Jacob Stevens, owner of Tripsetter Inc., is angry that the fee – up to 10% at some hotels – is “unaccountable,” and makes the cost of visiting Niagara more prohibitive.

“By imposing an optional fee, (it) only stains the image of Niagara Falls and heightens the ‘tourist trap’ perception,” he wrote in a recent e-mail. “As a result, this can negatively influence one’s decision to visit or not.”

It reflects many of the same concerns shared on open forums like Trip Advisor, but when Stevens brought it up with a Niagara Falls Tourism member, he was told Trip Advisor is “fake news.”

New Effort to Spur Niagara Falls Tourism

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From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo (includes video):

There’s a new effort to spark tourism in Niagara Falls by building more attractions for visitors.

Leaders say this one differs from others because it seeks to target certain types of development in a specific area, and that funding decisions will be made locally.

$3 million in state funds, gleaned the state’s cut of revenue from the Seneca Niagara Casino, has now been secured to help entrepreneurs build attractions within one mile of the casino, according to NYS Senator Robert Ortt.

Niagara Falls Business Events Launched

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From Meetings + Incentive Travel:

Niagara Falls Tourism has entered into a partnership with the Scotiabank Convention Centre to manage and deliver its meetings, conventions and incentive travel (MC&IT) program.

As part of this new partnership, the former program has been given a full rebrand under the name Niagara Falls Business Events. In addition, the website, fallsmeetings.com, has been officially relaunched.

Niagara Falls may have more visitors than it thought

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From the Buffalo News:

Niagara Falls tourism officials customarily say that their city draws 8 million visitors a year, but a new study may show the figure may be larger than that.

A consultant estimates 7.3 million Americans visited Niagara Falls last year. Longwoods International is still working on numbers for Canadian and other foreign tourists, said John H. Percy Jr., president of Destination Niagara.

Niagara Falls Tourism March 2017 newsletter

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I’m not sure if they do one every month, but Niagara Falls Tourism has a Travel Trade newsletter that they put out. The March 2017 issue is available online (as is a PDF of the newsletter) and there are lots of interesting tidbits in it, including:

  • NIAGARA FALLS CRAFT DISTILLERS
  • COMING SOON TO CLIFTON HILL – NIAGARA SPEEDWAY
  • EXCITING RENOVATIONS AT ELEMENTS ON THE FALLS RESTAURANT
  • THERE’S A NEW SHOW IN TOWN AT GFT!
  • NIAGARA FALLS FIREWORKS SCHEDULE CHANGE
  • “ALL NEW” NIGHTLY ILLUMINATION OF THE FALLS
  • NIAGARA FALLS MUSEUMS
  • A NEW ANNUAL HOLIDAY TRADITION AT SHAW FESTIVAL
  • FOUR BROTHERS CUCINA – TRULY AUTHENTIC ITALIAN
  • BEHIND THE SCENES AT IMAX NIAGARA
  • REVISIT THE RENOVATED BUCHANANS
  • MARINELAND – NEW SHOW FOR 2017
  • POPPING THE BUBBLES AT CHÂTEAU DES CHARMES
  • WHAT’S NEW – NIAGARA SUNSET CRUISES
  • LOOKING TO EXPLORE NIAGARA IN STYLE?
  • A TRUE MUSICAL CANADIAN EXPERIENCE
  • ROCKWAY VINEYARDS

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…

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