Tag: tourism agency

    Time for province to tackle DMF mess in Falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Last spring, my cohort Ray Spiteri and I did a three-part series on the Destination Marketing Fee, the notorious tourism fee several Niagara Falls hotels and restaurants have been charging since 2004.

    In recent years, the fee – up to 10 per cent in some places – has angered countless tourists. And with good reason: There still isn’t accountability for it. Businesses collect the money, but do not remit it to a proper tourism agency or association. We are supposed to take their word for it that it goes toward tourism-related projects.

    You can see why this is a problem. And why it hurts the industry as a whole.

    Niagara County, tourism agency agree on three-year contract

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Niagara County and the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. have agreed in principle on a new three-year contract for the NTCC to continue as the county’s official tourism promotion agency.

    NTCC President John Percy said details remain to be negotiated, but the agreement staved off the June 18 expiration of the contract, which the county extended by only one year last year because of a dispute over the corporation’s performance.

    Effectiveness audit due for tourism agency in Niagara as Falls OKs contract

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The agency responsible for promoting Niagara Falls and Niagara County tourism will have its effectiveness evaluated under an agreement reached this week.

    A Canadian firm will be hired to conduct a “performance audit” of Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp., a key term that got the Niagara Falls City Council to approve a contract extension with the agency this week.

    The Council’s majority had tabled a proposed contract extension in early July amid what it said were concerns over spending by the agency and what the Falls is getting in return.

    County tourism agency sues city over bed tax proceeds

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Niagara County’s tourism promotion agency sued the City of Niagara Falls on Tuesday over the city’s refusal to convey proceeds of the city’s tax on hotel and motel bills to the agency.

    The Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. filed the suit in State Supreme Court, demanding that a judge order to city to pay the NTCC $133,334, which the agency claims is the amount the city owes it for June and July.

    Bringing Kimmel show to Canada to cost taxpayers

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Bringing the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show to Ontario will cost four taxpayer-funded funded tourist agencies a total of $450,000, according to the Niagara-based tourism organization involved in the effort to bring segments of the ABC late-night show to Canada.

    “There is funding involved. It’s about a half a million dollars for all of the partners and our contribution was $50,000,” said Robin Garrett, the CEO of the Tourism Partnership of Niagara.

    The Niagara tourism agency is funded entirely by the provincial tourism ministry, Garrett said.

    With Tourism Toronto leading the effort, the four agencies are putting up the $450,000 to pay for the Kimmel show to shoot segments featuring Kimmel security guard sidekick Guillermo Diaz Rodriguez.

    Guillermo, as he’s popularly known, will be reporting to back to Kimmel — who will be at his Los Angeles studio — from the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival.

    The show will also be shooting in Niagara Falls.

    Tourism agency names first CEO

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The head of a leading provincial tourism marketing agency has been named the first chief executive officer of a new Niagara tourism agency.

    Robin Garrett, president of the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership, was appointed CEO of the Tourism Partnership of Niagara, the organization announced Monday.

    “It will be a very exciting opportunity,” Garrett said in an interview about her new role promoting Niagara’s tourism offerings. “It is know internationally. It really does have an opportunity to be a tourism powerhouse for the province and the country,” Garrett said.

    Tourism group gets ‘exception’

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Some “exceptions” to Premier Dalton McGuinty’s 2009 rule requiring all government contracts to be subject to competitive bids allowed Niagara’s tourism agency to spend $500,000 on an untendered contract to publish a promotional magazine, says Tourism Minister Michael Chan.

    “There are exceptions in terms of single-source procurement,” Chan said Wednesday in Niagara Falls where reporters asked him why the new tourism organization — created by the Liberals in 2009 — was allowed to commission a promotional magazine without seeking competitive bids from other publishers.

    Regional To u r i s m Organization No. 2 — a new agency responsible for promoting Niagara’s tourism offerings — in May hired Rev Publishing, a Niagara Falls publishing company to print 500,000 copies of “Niagara Today,” a 96-page “destination magazine” to promote the region’s tourism options.

    Chan’s ministry approved the expenditure by the organization’s “transitional” board, led by Joel Noden, a former Niagara Parks Commission executive, who said they didn’t have time for a “proper” tender if they wanted the magazine out in time to influence vacationers’ 2010 travel plans.

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