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    Hornblower Cruises hopes to persuade Maid of the Mist operator to exit

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    From the Buffalo News:

    When a San Francisco company begins operating boat tours in Niagara Falls, Ont., in 2014, it won’t be with the iconic Maid of the Mist name.

    And if Hornblower Cruises & Events gets its way, it will be the only tour boat operator in the Niagara Gorge.

    “We’re not anxious to share space,” Hornblower chief executive Terry MacRae said Monday. “I think when we all meet [with Maid of the Mist officials] and discuss, they’ll find out it’s great timing to exit, and we’ll do our best to help that happen gracefully.”

    New Maid of the Mist operator announced this afternoon

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    I’m sure there will be lots of articles to post later, but this afternoon the Niagara Parks Commission announced that as of 2014 there will be a new tour boat operator taking tourists to the base of the falls to feel the power. The press release is on the NPC web site. I can’t find a reference to Hornblower Canada Company on the web just yet, but I assume they are related to Hornblower Cruises and Events out of the US.

    Next tour boat operator could be named by year’s end: NPC

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The winner of the much-publicized bid to provide boat tours in the Niagara gorge could be named by the end of the year, says Janice Thomson, interim chairwoman of the Niagara Parks Commission.

    “We’re currently still in the review process. There has been a lot of detail throughout the whole procurement process. The decision will last a long time and we want to make sure it’s done thoroughly,” said Thomson.

    “But if you’re asking me to forecast, I’d say there will be an announcement before the end of the year.”

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