This isn’t directly Niagara Falls related, but in the tourism industry we definitely know what the article is talking about. We just don’t get the US visitors we used to.
From the Toronto Star:
Ottawa no longer wants to waste time and money trying to lure American tourists to the land of moose, mountains and Mounties.
According to a new report, the U.S. has become one of Canada’s poorest performing tourism markets, and this country isn’t getting full value from expensive marketing campaigns aimed south of the border.
U.S. visitors spent, on average, only $518 per trip to Canada last year, the lowest amount spent by an international visitor group. It was the third straight year of declines. By contrast, tourists from Brazil spent an average of $1,874 per trip.
The Canadian Tourism Commission, in its 2012 annual report, released last week, describes its strategic plan to stop promoting Canada in poorly performing markets such as the U.S.
From the Niagara Parks blog:
The Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory is pleased to welcome some of the world’s most exotic animals in a new exhibit, ‘Under the Canopy – Animals of the Rainforest’, organized by Ottawa-based Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo.
Staff from Little Ray’s will be in Niagara Falls with the exhibit to lead all educational programs and host daily interactive sessions with the animals.
Rainforest animals that will be on display include: Common Marmoset, Brazilian Short Tailed Opossum, Emerald Tree Boa, Jungle Carpet Python, Red Footed Tortoise, Emperor Scorpions, Cuviers Dwarf Caiman, Panther Chameleon, White’s Tree Frog and the Reticulated Python.
I hope to be able to see this soon…