Tag: request for proposals

    BIDDERS REVEALED IN CANADIAN COMPETITION FOR MAID OF THE MIST

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    From the Niagara Falls Reporter:

    The Niagara Falls Reporter’s expose on the secret dealings surrounding the Maid of the Mist boat tour lease at the Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) in Ontario was instrumental in leading the minister of Tourism to order the NPC to put that lease out to bid. Subsequently, most of the NPC commissioners were fired.

    The deadline for the bids, or “Responses to the Request for Proposals,” is 3 p.m., Jan. 31. An award will be made sometime this summer…

    …Again, exclusively, the Reporter has learned the identity of the bidders:

    I don’t know how they find this stuff out, but check it out!

    NPC projects continue under temporary board, Booker says

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Two of the big projects on the plate of the Niagara Parks Commission will continue over the winter despite Monday’s turfing of four government-appointed commissioners and their temporary replacement by six senior bureaucrats.

    Chairwoman Fay Booker said a government-ordered competition to pick a company to run boat tours on the Niagara River is unfolding, as is a strategic planning exercise Booker launched earlier this year.

    The parks commission put the “final strokes” on its request for proposals Tuesday -the document private companies interested in providing boat tours will respond to.

    “Then it’s all in the hands of the bidders in terms of the bidding,” Booker said in an interview this week.

    NPC on target for boat tour competition

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The document that will spell out what the Niagara Parks Commission wants from a boat tour provider is on target for release in the next few weeks, says commission general manager John Kernahan.

    “It’s coming along very well. I think we’re going to be on or very close to our target of late July or early August to release the RFP (request for proposals),” Kernahan said.

    But Bill Mocsan, the consultant hired by the provincial government to help guide the parks commission through the process, wouldn’t say when the document will be issued.

    He said Monday telling The Review might allow one bidder to find out sooner than another.

    Eleven companies took part in an April session to find out more about the bidding process, though it doesn’t mean all of them will submit bids when the parks commission issues its request for proposals.

    Operators need to show innovation

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Weddings aboard a tour boat in the mist of Niagara Falls could become a new tradition depending on what “innovative” ideas companies propose in their bids to operate tours from the Canadian side of the Niagara River.

    “You can provide anything that you think will work,” said Bill Mocsan, a consultant hired by the Ministry of Tourism to help the Niagara Parks Commission pick a company to provide tours — a process that could end the commission’s historic tie with the Maid of the Mist Steamboat Co.

    Mocsan, the government-appointed procurement specialist will draft the request for proposals for companies interested in winning the lease to run boat tours from a piece of parks commission property.

    Other possibilities could include hour-long cruises with hot meals. A snack bar on board. And night tours.

    The “preview” put up yesterday also has some videos…

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