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    ‘Blockbuster’ the name of the tourism game

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It used to be a video store, but “Blockbuster” is now the mantra of the tourism industry in Niagara and the province of Ontario.

    Get used to it.

    Blockbuster. Blockbuster. Blockbuster.

    At some point, the word became the catch phrase for the kind of events Ontario’s tourism industry wants to hang its hat on.

    It crept into the lexicon in 2010 when Celebrate Ontario, a provincially funded agency, created a program to support “blockbuster events” or one-time events “of a size and scope sufficient to draw visitors to Ontario’s communities.”

    In the past two years, “blockbuster” is the phrase everyone from Ontario Tourism Minister Michael Chan to Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati and Niagara Parks Commission chairwoman Janice Thomson has borrowed to set their sights on hosting larger-than-life events.

    Judging by some events this year and others that are on the calendar, both Niagara and Queen’s Park are on the same page.

    Take a cruise in Niagara Falls

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    From Travelbite (out of the UK):

    The world-famous Niagara Falls are a must-see attraction for anyone on a visit to New York state or the Canadian province of Ontario.

    Straddling the international border between Canada and the United States, the waterfalls are renowned for their great natural beauty and have long been recognised as one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world.

    Water from the falls, which were formed 12,000 years ago, comes from four of the five Great Lakes and the natural wonder is the largest single producer of hydroelectric power in the world.

    If you’re on an adventure holiday in either of these North American countries, Niagara Falls is well worth a visit.

    $50 million for new people-mover system

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    A major transportation project that has been stalled for years got a fresh injection of fuel Monday.

    At a press conference at the Via rail station on Bridge Street, Ontario Deputy Premier George Smitherman announced the province will contribute $25 million toward the development of a new people mover bus system linking the city’s major tourist districts with Niagara Parks Commission properties.

    The money put up by Queen’s Park matches the $25 million pledged by the federal government in 2003.

    Smitherman, who is the provincial energy and infrastructure minister, said the time was right for Queen’s Park to “step up to the plate” as an equal partner with Ottawa on the project.

    “The reality is that until today, the province of Ontario has not been an equal partner with the government of Canada in what is a signature investment here in Niagara Falls,” Smitherman.

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