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    Effectiveness audit due for tourism agency in Niagara as Falls OKs contract

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The agency responsible for promoting Niagara Falls and Niagara County tourism will have its effectiveness evaluated under an agreement reached this week.

    A Canadian firm will be hired to conduct a “performance audit” of Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp., a key term that got the Niagara Falls City Council to approve a contract extension with the agency this week.

    The Council’s majority had tabled a proposed contract extension in early July amid what it said were concerns over spending by the agency and what the Falls is getting in return.

    County tourism agency sues city over bed tax proceeds

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Niagara County’s tourism promotion agency sued the City of Niagara Falls on Tuesday over the city’s refusal to convey proceeds of the city’s tax on hotel and motel bills to the agency.

    The Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. filed the suit in State Supreme Court, demanding that a judge order to city to pay the NTCC $133,334, which the agency claims is the amount the city owes it for June and July.

    Legislature May Only Renew Tourism Deal for 1 Year

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    From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

    When you think of tourist attractions in Niagara County, Niagara Falls comes to mind. But some county leaders are saying not enough is being done to promote the area’s other attractions.

    Tuesday night, Niagara County legislators will decide whether to approve a one year contract extension for the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation, or NTCC, instead of a 15 year contract as discussed earlier this year.

    “I think that the NTCC can do a better job. I mean, Lockport has a lot of great attractions,” says Niagara County legislator Rick Updegrove.

    Niagara Falls, USA, Tourism Gets Bounce From Nik Wallenda’s Latest Walk

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    From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo (includes video):

    If you watched Nik Wallenda cross walk across the Little Colorado River Gorge Sunday, you may have seen a commercial about Niagara Falls. It’s estimated that over five million other people saw it too.

    Niagara USA is the group under the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation (NTCC) that is in charge of Niagara Falls tourism and marketing. Niagara USA put together a television ad that ran in 15 major markets across the country.

    Tourism professionals to descend on Falls

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    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.

    Niagara USA recreates ‘Niagara’ in anniversary package

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    Niagara Frontier Publications has an article about celebrating the 60th anniversary of the movie “Niagara. Through May 2013, you have the opportunity to celebrate the movie, starring Marilyn Monroe, by experiencing some of the best Niagara Falls attractions from the film.

    The Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp has created a package that includes some of the best Niagara Falls attractions seen in the iconic movie.

    Falls aims to build on wire-walk momentum

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    From the Buffalo News:

    More than 13 million people around the globe tuned in June 15 to watch Nik Wallenda walk across Niagara Falls, and many say the thundering waterfalls has never looked better.

    But can the city use the stunt to spring itself forward, or will June 15 be remembered as another perfect opportunity that Niagara Falls managed to squander?

    “It’s in the forefront of people’s minds at this point, and that’s the best time to capture people’s attention—either a developer or tourist,” said John Percy, president and chief executive of the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. “This is the time to capitalize on that.”

    Wallenda Impact on Niagara Falls Exceeds $3.3 Million

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    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.

    Wallenda isn’t alone on a tightrope in the Falls

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Canadian officials this month gave the final green-light to Nik Wallenda’s plan to wire-walk above Niagara Falls—and to turn the region into a worldwide media spectacle this summer.

    Now, Wallenda and officials on both sides of the border must work to make the grand event happen, and that means figuring out plenty of details before the dawn of summer.

    “All parties involved are going to have to come to the table collectively,” said John Percy, president and chief executive of the Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp.

    Bringing Kimmel show to Canada to cost taxpayers

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Bringing the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show to Ontario will cost four taxpayer-funded funded tourist agencies a total of $450,000, according to the Niagara-based tourism organization involved in the effort to bring segments of the ABC late-night show to Canada.

    “There is funding involved. It’s about a half a million dollars for all of the partners and our contribution was $50,000,” said Robin Garrett, the CEO of the Tourism Partnership of Niagara.

    The Niagara tourism agency is funded entirely by the provincial tourism ministry, Garrett said.

    With Tourism Toronto leading the effort, the four agencies are putting up the $450,000 to pay for the Kimmel show to shoot segments featuring Kimmel security guard sidekick Guillermo Diaz Rodriguez.

    Guillermo, as he’s popularly known, will be reporting to back to Kimmel — who will be at his Los Angeles studio — from the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival.

    The show will also be shooting in Niagara Falls.

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