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    Tourism industry predicting a successful 2019 season

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    From Niagara This Week:

    While temperatures may still be quite chilly, tourism officials say the 2019 season is shaping up to be a hot one.

    “Niagara Falls is on the wish list of travellers from everywhere around the world,” said Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati. “We are on track once again to have another record-breaking year for visitors coming to Niagara Falls.”

    “With an exchange rate that is still very favourable for our visitors from the U.S., we look forward to continuing to welcome them in strong numbers and to have a another massively successful season.”

    Top 10: Shuttle service linking area tourist attractions debuts

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    The Niagara Gazette has a Niagara Falls New York related summary of 2016

    For years the local tourist industry operators had stressed the need to connect Niagara Falls State Park and the city within the other area attractions.

    It was finally accomplished this year with the Discover Niagara Shuttle. The inaugural service linked the city, the tourist district and the nation’s oldest state park with 14 sites etween the Niagara Falls State Park and the historic Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown.

    Boom time for Niagara’s crucial tourism industry

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The region’s crucial tourism industry is salivating at what officials are confident will be a massive year after years of struggles.

    At the kickoff of Tourism Week at the Ontario Travel Information Centre next to the QEW in St. Catharines on Tuesday, optimism for a boon year for tourism practically oozed from the crowded centre.

    The terrorist attacks of 9-11 that rocked tourism way back in 2001, the deadly SARS outbreak in Toronto in 2003 that kept visitors away, the Canadian dollar soaring to be at par with the U.S. greenback and a new policy in the U.S. requiring Americans to obtain passports to get back across the border hit Niagara’s tourism industry with a series of devastating blows.

    “There were so many challenges at the border at one time that we were saying the only thing that hasn’t happened is the (plague of) locusts,” said Niagara Falls Jim Diodati.

    Concerns MTO project will impact tourist traffic

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    City and tourism officials remain hopeful the Ministry of Transportation will do everything possible to mitigate the impact a proposed road and bridge project along Highway 420 will have on visitors this spring.

    “We don’t want to give people from the GTA any reason to avoid Niagara Falls, and long delays in or out will be reason to avoid us,” said Mayor Jim Diodati. “Let’s deal with this properly. Let’s plan it out in such a way that doesn’t add a pile more to the cost, but at the same time doesn’t have a major cost to the tourism industry.”

    Ministry spokesperson Astrid Poei said the project includes resurfacing approximately 3.2 kilometres on Highway 420 from Stanley Avenue to Montrose Road, and rehabilitating five structures at the 420/QEW interchange.

    Falls casinos cash in on 2015

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    From Niagara Falls Review:

    When October and November are “banner months” for a prime tourist attraction — and not the typical July and August — you know you’ve had a good year.

    “We’ve enjoyed a very solid year. The fall season has been especially good, with October and November being banner months for us,” said Niagara Casinos spokesman Greg Medulun.

    “In fact, October was one of our top 10 revenue months of all time. This includes Julys and Augusts over the past 19 years as well.”

    It was a year to savour for the city’s tourism industry.

    Niagara Falls Tourism said this past summer was the best season in years, with many businesses and hotels reporting significant increases in business from last summer.

    Institute on tourism has plans for Falls

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    From the Buffalo News:

    A new home for technology development and job training in the tourism industry has taken root in the downtown tourism district.

    The Niagara Global Tourism Institute, once fully up and running, also will serve as a research hub and business incubator aimed at boosting tourism in Niagara Falls.

    “Niagara Falls today is not the Niagara Falls it was 10 years ago and is not the Niagara Falls it’s going to be 10 years from now,” said Eddie Friel, director of the institute, which opened its doors last month.

    Niagara University launches Falls tourism institute

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The Niagara Global Tourism Institute, an initiative led by Niagara University to “transform the regional tourism industry,” opened Friday in the Power City Building in downtown Niagara Falls.

    The institute will use the university’s expertise in hospitality and tourism management “to enhance Niagara Falls’ tourism industry,” according to a Niagara University statement.

    Niagara’s tourism industry welcomes special visitors

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    They are the people who can sell Niagara Falls to the world.

    It’s an opportunity that doesn’t come along often, so when nearly 250 representatives from travel agencies to big businesses come calling, those involved with Niagara’s tourism industry are ready to answer the call.

    “This is the first time this event has been hosted here in Niagara Falls, so we are absolutely thrilled,” said Lee Carr, director of sales and marketing at the Skylon Tower.

    “They come from the 10 major tourism markets all over the world. These are people who are trained in their own respective markets on Canadian tourism products from coast-to-coast,” said Carr.

    On Wednesday, members of the group spent time at the Horseshoe Falls before stopping for lunch at the Table Rock Restaurant.

    Hornblower Niagara Cruises Welcomes Mory DiMaurizio as its New General Manager

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    From a PR Web press release:

    Hornblower Niagara Cruises (HNC) is delighted to announce the addition of Mory DiMaurizio to its management team. DiMaurizio will serve as the company’s General Manager, initially working to develop infrastructure for HNC’s brand new, multi-faceted Niagara Falls touring and entertainment facility and overseeing hiring and Human Resources.

    DiMaurizio has 18 years of deep and rich experience in the hospitality and tourism industry, specializing in implementing corporate initiatives, projects, and changes; building and leading high-performance teams; fostering productive relationships among internal teams as well as with media, governments, and stakeholders; maintaining high ethical standards; and focusing on generating revenue and streamlining budgets.

    Canada simply gives up competing for the American tourist

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    This isn’t directly Niagara Falls related, but in the tourism industry we definitely know what the article is talking about. We just don’t get the US visitors we used to.

    From the Toronto Star:

    Ottawa no longer wants to waste time and money trying to lure American tourists to the land of moose, mountains and Mounties.
    According to a new report, the U.S. has become one of Canada’s poorest performing tourism markets, and this country isn’t getting full value from expensive marketing campaigns aimed south of the border.
    U.S. visitors spent, on average, only $518 per trip to Canada last year, the lowest amount spent by an international visitor group. It was the third straight year of declines. By contrast, tourists from Brazil spent an average of $1,874 per trip.
    The Canadian Tourism Commission, in its 2012 annual report, released last week, describes its strategic plan to stop promoting Canada in poorly performing markets such as the U.S.

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