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Ontario to loosen liquor laws

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This isn’t directly Niagara Falls-related, but it will affect some different festivals that are held here, especially the big New Year’s Eve party.

From the Niagara Falls Review:

A beer outside a designated beer tent? An extra hour of drinking at a wedding reception? These new freedoms are just around the corner.

Ontario has changed its alcohol laws in a move Premier Dalton McGuinty’s Liberal government says will create jobs and strengthen the economy.

Announced Friday, the relaxed restrictions kick in on June 1.

Among the new rules, drinking will be allowed outside of beer tents at festivals and events.

“Local communities are free to customize the events to their needs,” said a government news release.

36 Hours in Niagara Falls

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From the New York Times:

At Niagara Falls, the United States is the poor relation and Canada is king. Nature gave Canada the wide-angle view of the majestic waterfall that straddles the border between the two countries, and the Canadians’ commercial bet on tourism landed most of the visitor comforts on their side of the Niagara River. American reliance on industry, however, ended in Rust Belt ruin. Yet the story isn’t so simple. Casinos, high-rise hotels and hucksterish come-ons have so proliferated in Niagara Falls, Ontario, that it risks feeling like a tired amusement park. Meanwhile, in Niagara Falls, New York, the visitor who ventures inside the shabby, underfinanced state park is surprised to discover vestiges of something like a natural landscape. The party is in Canada. The real feel of the river, in all its awesome power, is more accessible in the United States. Hop back and forth to get the best of both Niagaras and see for yourself.

Tourism sector takes stock at season start

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

With new tourism-related services, and the potential for more in the coming years, officials see a bright future for the No. 1 industry in Niagara Falls.

As the traditional tourism season gets underway in the city, many of those involved in the sector are looking forward to seeing if, or how, the new convention centre will help an industry that has suffered some lean years recently.

But with the food and wine expo at the convention centre this weekend, an extension to GO rail service, with discussions continuing on a people-mover system and with the potential for a new 7,000-seat entertainment centre bringing A-list stars to the city in a few years, the long-term prospects look good, they say.

The Traveling Camera: Niagra Falls

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From The Source Weekly (including a nice picture):

Niagara Falls is one of those places where you can forget its beauty because the falls are surrounded by cheesy attractions in Canada and by rather squalid urban areas on the American side. But the falls are still impressive.

Falls tourists treated to free trolley

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From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

Tourists can enjoy free trolley rides in Niagara Falls – starting today.

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is providing the service to visitors at participating hotels.

The service runs via the Niagara Falls Blvd. and Pine Avenue bus route. Service will be available only on weekends in may and from Thanksgiving weekend through the end of the year, but will be a seven day week service from June 1 to Oct. 31.

GO to Niagara Falls

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From GO Transit:

Our seasonal excursion train service between Niagara Falls and Toronto is starting up again!

In addition to our year-round bus service, passengers can take the train between Toronto and Niagara Falls starting Victoria Day weekend. The trains will be stopping at Union, Exhibition, Port Credit, Oakville, Burlington, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls stations.

For 2011, this service will run on the following weekends:

  • Victoria Day weekend (May 20–23, 2011)
  • June 24 – September 5, 2011
  • Thanksgiving weekend (October 7–10, 2011)

Explaining the U.S.-Canada hotel biz gap

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From Buffalo Business First:

The distance between Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Niagara Falls, Ont., can be measured in the 1,450-foot span of the Rainbow Bridge.

The distance between Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Niagara-on-the-Lake is about 10 miles. In the hotel industry, however, the differences are a world apart.

Unfortunately you need a subscription/membership in order to read the entire article. I don’t have one. It’s too bad, as the articles seems like it would be quite good.

Sleep Cheap charity nears $1-million mark

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Ten local charities that are being helped this year from the Sleep Cheap Charities Reap fundraiser will be using their money for everything from funding new equipment at the Boys & Girls Club to upgrades to kitchen facilities at the Niagara Falls Community Outreach.

This year’s event generated $120,444.98, bringing the total amount raised in seven years to just over $830,000.

Mayor Jim Diodati, who has been the driving force behind the event, said members of the committee who have been working on this project are quite excited because they are closing in on the $1-million mark.

“Our goal will be to hit it next season. We have already started on coming up with some creative ideas so that we can add some elements of excitement so that we can hit the big mark.”

Falling for Niagara Falls in a big way

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From Canada.com:

Like Disneyland, Drumheller and a drive across Canada, Niagara Falls is one of those vacations on the familial bucket list.

Renowned for a century as the “Honeymoon Capital of the World,” Niagara Falls is today built for families, offering accommodations, attractions and package deals much more in tune with nuclear families than newlyweds. Sure, you’ll still catch sight of dewy-eyed, drenched lovebirds cooing to one another on the Maid of the Mist bow, but more often than not they’ll be surrounded by screaming and soaked kids and parents.

Hotels see rise in room occupancies

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From Buffalo Business First:

Hotel room occupancy rates continued to rise through the first quarter of the year, mirroring other local statistics and economic factors that show the hospitality industry is climbing out of its slump.

According to statistics compiled by Smith Travel Research of Nashville, the occupancy rate in… Niagara Falls, hotel occupancy increased 1.6 percent in March and 1.2 percent for the first quarter. Occupancy in the Cataract City was 41.7 percent this past March, up from 41 percent a year ago and for the January-to-March period, it was 36.9 percent, compared to 36.4 percent.

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