From the Niagara Falls Review:
Six mayors fielded questions from the Niagara business community Wednesday and highlighted some recent developments in their municipalities.
From The Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL):
Visitors hear the falls long before they see them. Each second, 74,000 gallons of water rush at 40 mph toward the brink and thunder over Niagara Falls.
The water of the Niagara is not only noisy, it is beautiful. On a sunny day, the current roils to reveal forces of crystal, Caribbean-blue water. On a cloudy day, the palette darkens to a deeper blue, similar to a summer sky at magic hour. It’s the limestone that keeps the water clear; the limestone escarpment that follows the Niagara starts way back along the central section of the Mississippi River. We see it above ground in the bluffs and caves that line Midwestern waterways. Reportedly it goes underground to rise again out east. Or so I have been told. There’s plenty of folklore and facts about the great falls found on the border between Ontario, Canada, and New York State.
Everyone who makes their living in the tourism industry in the Niagara Falls area is talking about it.
Summer 2016 was reported as an all-time high, with the Niagara USA Official Visitor Center, assisting over 103,000 people, a 16 percent increase over 2015.
“I watched the old movie ‘Niagara’ with Marilyn Monroe and I said, ‘Hey let’s go,'” said David Sage of Monmouth, Ill. visiting Niagara Falls on Thursday with his wife of 33 years, Jeanette. It was their first vacation in 21 years and they spent two days doing it all, from Cave of the Winds, to the Over the Falls tour, the Aquarium, fireworks, and of course the Maid of the Mist, just like Marilyn.
But there also a more modern twist at Niagara Falls — Pokemon Go.
Justin Devoe and Dean Goranites, both of Kenmore were enjoying the “beautiful new walkways” while they searched for their virtual prey.
“It’s really good down there. There’s a lot of sweet spots,” said Goranites of the Pokemon search. “We found out about it online and came down to check it out.”
Last week I received the latest Clifton Hill Update email newsletter.
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From Niagara at Large:
Niagara, Ontario documentary filmmakers Jon Lepp and Stacey Koudys are working on a documentary they are at least tentatively calling ‘The Paradise Project’ about the growing citizens battle to save hundreds of acres of forest, savannah and wetlands known as the Thundering Waters Forest in Niagara Falls.
Here is a quick note of introduction from Jon, followed by the latest installment of the project.
Last week I received the official press release about the #claimthe8th campaign
Canadians call for niagara to be recognized as 8th wonder of the world
78 per cent of Canadians support local Tourism Partnership of Niagara initiative to claim elusive title
NIAGARA, CANADA (August 9, 2016) A recent national poll by Ipsos Reid gauged Canadians’ support for the idea of designating Niagara Canada the 8th Wonder of the World, and eight in ten (78%) Canadians across the country support the idea. According to the results, three in four Canadians (75%) say they already consider Niagara Canada a Wonder of the World and Niagara’s Regional Tourism Organization, the Tourism Partnership of Niagara (TPN) is setting out to make it official with a grassroots campaign that recently launched to rally support for the initiative.
“As the conversation goes, people are familiar with the “7 Wonders of the World.” Be it modern, natural or man-made, there are recognized icons of nature and culture that are associated with this list,” said Jody Larose, Executive Director of the Tourism Partnership of Niagara. “However, there has never been an official recognition or title given to a new, globally known icon of the world. Through this initiative we aim to change that and are calling on local residents and Canadians to show their support by joining the conversation and sharing why they too want to make Niagara Canada the 8th Wonder of the World.”
Driven by local and national support the #Claimthe8th campaign aims to prove why Niagara Falls and the surrounding regions of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Twenty Valley, St. Catharines and Niagara’s South Coast (that collectively make up Niagara Canada) should stake the claim as the 8th Wonder of the World. With support from local government officials, businesses and residents, the campaign aims to officially recognize Niagara Canada as the 8th Wonder of the World, a title that the majority of Canadians already believe it to own. Out of a list of eight globally recognized sites, Niagara Canada came in second with (75%), tied with the Great Wall of China and the Grand Canyon. Topping the list with (84%), was the pyramids.
With more than 80 award-winning wineries, the Welland Canal – one of the greatest engineering feats of the twentieth-century, the historically rich sites dedicated to the war of 1812, beautiful beaches, a buzzing foodie scene and of course Niagara Canada’s waterfall wonder – the Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Canada is ready to claim the title as the 8th Wonder of the World. The campaign continues to gain momentum and Canadians are invited to show their support by voting online at VISIT NIAGARA and by joining the conversation; sharing stories, memories and photos using #Claimthe8th.
The campaign which is currently running, continues through to the end of August and will consist of online discussions, social media and digital media support.
About the survey
Ipsos Reid surveyed 1001 Canadians from across Canada in an online poll in August 2016. The sample was balanced to represent current population census data and is accurate within +/- 10% margin of error at a 95% confidence level. The survey was commissioned by Tourism Partnership of Niagara.
About Tourism Partnership of Niagara
The Tourism Partnership of Niagara (TPN) is a non-profit industry led organization funded by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS). We are one of thirteen Regional Tourism Organizations in the Province of Ontario, Canada (RTO2). Our sub-regional partners Niagara Falls Tourism, Tourism Niagara-on-the-Lake, City of St. Catharines Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Twenty Valley Tourism Association and Niagara’s South Coast Tourism Association share our vision to become the #1 international tourism destination in North America. Tourism Partnership of Niagara will enhance and grow a highly competitive tourism region through visitor-centric strategies and by developing a compelling leisure destination brand that strengthens Niagara’s reputation as a world-renowned travel destination.
For additional Information and/or interviews, please contact:
Director of Communications, McCann Canada
Tourism Partnership of Niagara
289.477.5344 x: 223
From the St Catharines Standard:
Bookings have begun rolling in for upcoming flights connecting Niagara and Toronto — and it comes as no surprise to Mishka Balsom.
The president and CEO of Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce believes the air service offered by Greater Toronto Airways announced Tuesday will be a “great benefit” to the local business community.
Flights, which officially take off Sept. 15, will depart Niagara District Airport in Niagara-on-the-Lake each weekday at 8:30 a.m. and land at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, also known as Toronto Island airport, less than 15 minutes later. Return flights will leave Toronto at 4:30 p.m.
The service — on a plane with six-to-eight seats — can also be used for day trips to Niagara, departing Toronto at 7:15 a.m. and returning at 6 p.m.
Last week I received a newsletter from the Tourism Partnership of Niagara
From Niagara This Week:
Add Queen Victoria Park to the list of places across Niagara where Tragically Hip fans can go to see the band’s final show.
The CBC’s Tragically Hip: A National Celebration will be shown Saturday, Aug. 20 on two large screens in the park overlooking the Horseshoe and American falls.
Admission is free.