From the Niagara Gazette:
Niagara Falls will be host to the 2013 Empire State Tourism Conference.
The sessions slated May 1 to 3 at the Conference Center Niagara Falls are expected to attract upward of 300 tourism professionals from across the state. In recent years the event has been held in Albany but the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. was awarded the bid for this year.
From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo (includes video):
According to a survey commissioned by the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation, the economic impact of Nik Wallenda’s walk across Niagara Falls was immense.
Niagara University’s Hospitality Training and Research Center interviewed close to 600 people throughout Prospect Park and Old Falls Street.
In the nine hours leading up to the walk, they asked about everything from how much money visitors spent, to how long they planned to stay. The total economic impact was $3.3 million.
From an EU News Network press release:
Economic woes and an episode of the TV comedy “The Office” have lured honeymooners to the U.S. and Canadian sides of Niagara Falls, experts say.
Kate Scaglione, a spokeswoman for the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation, told CNN the number of hits on the wedding section of its Web site went up 83 percent the day after Jim and Pam married on “The Office.”
Some honeymooners have said Niagara lured them because they could avoid the expense of flying. The area has a retro charm, Rebecca Dolgin of TheKnot.com, said.
The Falls have lured newlyweds since the early 19th century when Aaron Burr’s daughter spent her honeymoon there. In the 1950s and 1960s, the region billed itself as “the honeymoon capital of the world.”