From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:
The Niagara Global Tourism Institute (NGTI) has asked the city of Niagara Falls for $50,000 to create three blocks of public WIFI between the Seneca Niagara Casino and Niagara Falls State Park on Old Falls Street.
The purpose of the WIFI is to help tourists avoid the “roaming” charges that sometimes happen with phones that are close to Canada, and to also encourage tourists to expand their trip outside of the State Park.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
Mississauga company Bird Construction is part of the consortium which will build a 5,000-seat entertainment centre in Niagara Falls.
The company is among principals known as Niagara Falls Entertainment Partners, which beat out four other conglomerates for the right to design, build and maintain the facility.
The winning bidder was announced by Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. late Tuesday.
The theatre is expected to replace the 1,500-seat Avalon Ballroom at Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, which has been limited by its size virtually from the day it opened in 2004.
By comparison, the new theatre will be equal in size to the 5,000-seat Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, and will double the 2,500-seat Events Center at Seneca Niagara Casino.
From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo (includes video):
There’s a new effort to spark tourism in Niagara Falls by building more attractions for visitors.
Leaders say this one differs from others because it seeks to target certain types of development in a specific area, and that funding decisions will be made locally.
$3 million in state funds, gleaned the state’s cut of revenue from the Seneca Niagara Casino, has now been secured to help entrepreneurs build attractions within one mile of the casino, according to NYS Senator Robert Ortt.
From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:
The Niagara Falls Trolley will begin service to guests staying in participating Niagara Falls hotels and motels starting today.
Metro’s Niagara Falls Trolley buses serve Niagara Falls Boulevard, Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls International Airport and downtown Niagara Falls, USA.
Trolley stop signs along the route indicate where riders can board a Metro trolley. Trolley stops in downtown Niagara Falls are located at the Aquarium of Niagara Falls, Seneca Niagara Casino, and Tony Roma’s Restaurant. Service will also be provided to hotels and shops along Third Street, Rainbow Boulevard, and Buffalo Avenue.
From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:
Leaders in Niagara Falls want to build a new convention and event center downtown. The center would be much larger than the current one on Old Falls Street. Officials say they’re currently waiting for the state to sign off on a feasibility study.
New York State Asemblyman John Ceretto said, “Once they approve it, which I hope is soon, it will go to the power proceed board and they will allocate the funding and our estimate is, we are talking about $150,000 for a study. We are not talking about a huge amount of money.”
Before 2002, the City of Niagara Falls had a much larger convention center, which is now the Seneca-Niagara Casino. The replacement for the old convention center on Old Falls Street is much smaller.
From Buffalo Business First:
The Rainforest Cafe is expanding its local footprint by adding a second location — this time on the U.S. side of Niagara Falls.
Canadian Niagara Hotels, owners of the Sheraton at the Falls complex in Niagara Falls, N.Y., are bringing a Rainforest Cafe to their property. The 14,000-square-foot restaurant, which will overlook Third Street and the Seneca Niagara Casino and Resort property, is expected to open by May.