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Fallsview Casino Resort recognized by TripAdvisor

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From Niagara This Week:

Fallsview Casino Resort is flush with positivity thanks to being recognized with five Certificates of Excellence from the travel website TripAdvisor.

Certificates were awarded for the casino’s hotel; its R5, Ponte Vecchio, and 21 Club Steak and Seafood restaurants; and for the casino itself as an attraction.

Certificates of Excellence are awarded to hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. They are based on quality, quantity, and timeliness of customer reviews submitted on the site over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews, and have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

Cops: Too many boaters cruise into Niagara Falls danger zone

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From Niagara This Week:

An American police marine unit that patrols the upper Niagara River says too many boaters and people on personal watercraft are getting too close to the brink of Niagara Falls.

New York State Park Police Lt. Clyde Doty tells WGRZ-TV in Buffalo (http://on.wgrz.com/2feIsBJ ) that people put their lives at risk when they ignore buoys and warning signs on the river.

Cruisin’ the country in vintage style

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From Niagara This Week:

or Rodney and Linda Tritten, a visit to Niagara Falls was always one of those bucket list things.

Now the Saskatchewan couple can check that one off as the Tritten’s, along with 99 other couples, stopped for an impromptu classic car show on Queen Street on Sunday. They are a part of the Canada Coasters, a classic car group that takes their vehicles across the country once every 10 years. This year, the group is marking the 50th anniversary of the first tour taken in 1967.

“We’re having a ball,” Linda said, as she and Rodney parked their 1953 Pontiac Chieftain along Queen Street and sought out some nearby shade. “We’re doing this just to see the country.”

The Continental connection

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From Niagara This Week:

When Jesse McCracken set out to create a documentary film on motel culture in Niagara Falls, he found himself on the doorstep of the Continental Motel on Ferry Street, expecting another interview discussing the decline in the number of the mom-and-pop type of inns that were once a booming part of the honeymoon capital’s tourism economy.

McCracken’s initial interest in Niagara Falls motels came from family visits to the city when he was growing up. But, he returned with the idea of making a documentary about what was an industry in decline.

“I wanted to do a movie about what I was seeing in Niagara Falls over the years when I went there vacationing with my family,” says McCracken, who grew up in Markdale, Ont., near Owen Sound.

Niagara Falls receives nearly $8 million from OLG in first quarter

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From Niagara This Week:

The city is set to surpass the $100-million mark in revenues derived from hosting two OLG casinos.

Niagara Falls received a first-quarter payment of $7.8 million from the OLG as a part of its hosting agreement for Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino Resort. The payment brings the total non-tax gaming revenue paid to the city to $98.9 million since Casino Niagara first opened its doors in 1996.

“OLG gaming revenue provide essential funding to host communities, which offers greater ability to invest in infrastructure projects as well as important local programs and services that benefit families,” said Charles Sousa, Ontario’s minister of finance. “These funds directly benefit Ontario’s critical public services such as health care and education, and local development.”

CWF Canada invades Niagara Falls

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From Niagara This Week:

Over the years Niagara Falls has always been a popular destination for honeymoons and professional wrestling.

From the years of Tony “Cannonball” Parisi, Neo Spirit Pro Wrestling’s monthly shows at the old Polish Hall on Stanley Avenue, and the WWE retail store on Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls has always been a staple in the professional wrestling business.

On Saturday, August 12, professional wrestling returns to Niagara Falls as CWF Canada invades the Scotiabank Convention Centre with an action packed card inside of the Fallsview Theatre at 7:00 pm.

While the card is still being established, some of the early names for this event feature some of the very best in professional wrestling today.

Former WWF superstar Paul London will be in attendance as he takes on “Reckless” Ryan Swift in what will be a hard-hitting and fast-paced contest.

OLG picks group to build Niagara Falls entertainment centre

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From Niagara This Week:

It’s now known who will be responsible for building a new entertainment centre in Niagara Falls.

The OLG announced early Tuesday evening that the contract to build a 5,000-seat venue has been awarded to Niagara Falls Entertainment Partners, a consortium that includes Bird Construction Inc. of Mississauga.

The consortium will build and maintain the new facility.

In a news release, Bird said it will “perform the design and construction of the project and will also, through Bird Capital, a wholly owned subsidiary, take a minority equity interest in the concession responsible for the overall project, including design, construction, financing, and maintenance.”

The facility will feature a performance space with multiple stage configurations, a public lobby and gathering spaces, box offices, bar and concessions.

What’s next for Niagara Falls’ Downtown BIA?

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From Niagara This Week:

Some members of the Downtown BIA who had concerns over how the business organization is being run are taking a wait-and-see approach as to what comes next.

And, despite the resignation of board chair Julio Batres-Gavidia, Lisa Thomas, a Queen Street business owner and member of the BIA board who went to the media with concerns over how the organization is being run, said she remains “skeptical” as to whether there would be change.

‘It was a never-ending sea of people’

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From Niagara This Week (includes photo and video):

The city needs to do better after an estimated 80,000 people choked off travel in the city on Canada Day, Mayor Jim Diodati says.

“We never had a transportation plan like we do for New Year’s Eve or did for the Wallenda walk,” he said after the large crowds made movement throughout the city impossible. “We had a lot of opportunity to be prepared for this.”

Facebook was lit up with stories from residents and visitors complaining of trips normally measured in minutes instead being measured in hours. Other complaints included those from residents living near the tourist areas being unable to leave their homes or welcome guests.

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