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    Niagara Falls tourism leaders want to bring back Festival of Lights

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The Festival of Lights used to draw thousands to downtown in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and to its convention center and Winter Garden.

    Both the convention center and Winter Garden are long gone, and so is the Festival of Lights.

    But in Niagara Falls, Ontario, the Winter Festival of Lights continues to grow and draw tourists. The Ontario festival says it attracts more than one million visitors each year.

    Lisa Vitello, Tourism Advisory Board chairman, said Monday she traveled to Ontario’s festival earlier this month. She returned feeling bad about the loss of the festival in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

    Robert Moses Parkway changes appear unlikely anytime soon

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    From the Buffalo News:

    With the summer tourist season fast approaching, the controversial Robert Moses Parkway between Niagara Falls and Lewiston appears likely to remain unchanged for the immediate future.

    The city’s Tourism Advisory Board has endorsed dismantling that section of the parkway, a committee chairman said last week.

    But the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the lead agency in planning the parkway’s future, still is gathering ideas and residents’ suggestions for what should be done with the roadway.

    The Parsons Group, a consulting company, has been retained to present four alternatives but not a specific recommendation.

    Improving tourist signs in city becomes priority

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The generations- old debate over the best use of street signs to direct tourists to local attractions may be nearing a settlement — but not quite yet.

    City Council Chairman Sam Fruscione and Mayor Paul A. Dyster said they plan to discuss the issue during a private meeting today, and the mayor said the present street-direction signs “leave a lot to be desired, especially in the downtown area.”

    Members of the Tourism Advisory Board, which makes recommendations to the City Council, agreed by consensus Monday that too many signs direct tourists toward the Rainbow Bridge to Canada instead of toward Niagara Falls State Park, Goat Island and local attractions. Fruscione said he would take the advisory board’s concerns to the mayor today.

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