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    Tourism looking up

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    (yeah, I know I’m a few days late with this one…)

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The Honeymoon Capital is having a better tourism season this year than last, despite the continuing difficulties convincing Americans to take their holidays north of the border, says the president of Niagara Falls Tourism.

    “We’re holding our own,” said Wayne Thomson.

    “Fortunately, there are enough Ontarians, people from Quebec and other parts of Canada who are offsetting what would be a dismal year otherwise.”

    Thomson said so far this year the majority of operators are reporting increased business compared to last summer when both Canada and the United States were smack dab in the middle of one of the worst recessions in decades.

    “This last long weekend was exceptional,” said Thomson.

    Niagara Falls hotel rates fell 5% in 2009

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    A Niagara Falls vacation was a little cheaper in 2009 than it was the year before as hotel room rates dropped last year by about 5%, according to Hotels.ca,a hotel reservation agency that tracks prices across Canada.

    Lower room rates is a trend that should continue this summer as the hotel industry tries to recover from the recession, the effect of the high Canadian dollar and lingering confusion among Americans about travel documentation they need to have to return to their own country, said Wayne Thomson, chairman of Niagara Falls Tourism and a city councillor.

    “If anybody ever thought of coming to Niagara Falls, it’s the best bargain it has ever been,” Thomson said, reacting to the Hotels.careport.

    Hotels set their overnight room rates based on supply and demand. When it’s busy, rates go up. But when things are slow, rates go down.

    Millions fewer visitors coming to Niagara in 2009

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The double whammy of the brutal recession and new identification rules at the border have devastated cross-border travel that’s a backbone of Niagara’s crucial tourism sector, gutting thousands of jobs here, figures from the Binational Tourism Alliance show.

    In an attempt to try to reverse the disturbing trend, the alliance is pushing local, provincial and federal governments to buy into an action plan designed to get more people crossing back and forth across the border.

    Vacation hits home on U.S. side of falls

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    From Pittsburgh Live:

    Vacations, it’s said, will be a casualty of the recession, a luxury easy to put off. But summer is a powerful incentive. People want to get somewhere else, if only for a day or two.

    As it happens, Pittsburgh is well-situated for the economy getaway.

    Within a half-day’s drive are destinations recreational, historical and marvelous, including one on everybody’s list of earthly wonders. Niagara Falls, of course.

    Haven’t all the famous travelers of the past 200 years made it their business to get to the falls at least once in their lives?

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