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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.”

    Kicking off tourism season Friday

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Tourism officials in Niagara are expecting another solid tourism season as Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary.

    Jackie Phillip, manager of the two Ontario travel information centres in Niagara, said she has talked to a few tourism officials who expect to see business increase between 10 and 20 per cent.

    “If we get a 10 per cent increase across the board I’d be thrilled and I think with Canada’s and Ontario’s 150th, and with the US dollar the way it is and with the internationals that are travelling, I think we can do it,” she said.

    Tourism officials set sights on U.S. visitors

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    From Niagara This Week:

    With a sinking loonie, the playing field has tilted slightly toward tourism operators on the Canadian side of the border.

    As of Tuesday, the dollar was trading a little more than 90 cents (.0902) against the US greenback, and tourism officials in Niagara Falls said they’re ready to take advantage.

    “Since U.S. passport changes came into being, U.S. guests travelling and staying here dropped completely off the board,” said Wayne Thomson, board chair for Niagara Falls Tourism. “Niagara Falls tourism has certainly been a hard struggle for the past several years.”

    Daredevil’s wire-walk destiny set June 15

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    From the Buffalo News:

    American tourism officials had hoped for a later date — possibly in September — for Nik Wallenda to perform his tightrope walk over Niagara Falls.

    But they’re more than happy with the date government officials on both sides of the international border and the daredevil artist have agreed upon — June 15.

    Officials on the U.S. side had hoped for a date after Labor Day because they wanted more time to plan, and because the 2,000 downtown hotel rooms are typically booked through the summer tourist season without such a big event.

    Canadian officials preferred a June date because it would kick off their already-bustling summer tourist season. Roughly 16,000 hotel rooms will be available in Niagara Falls, Ont., with 10,000 located directly around the falls.

    With the date now set, the ultimate goal is to draw visitors to the two cities and send them home with a desire to return, tourism officials on both sides said.

    Plans continue for Wallenda’s Falls tightrope walk

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    From WHEC Channel 10 in Rochester:

    Daredevil Nik Wallenda says the world is watching as he moves forward with plans for a tightrope walk across Niagara Falls this summer.

    Wallenda is scheduled to be in Niagara Falls, N.Y., Friday to meet with a task force of business and tourism officials. State Sen. George Maziarz says the task force was established to promote the walk in a way that gives it the biggest and longest-lasting economic impact on the region.

    Future cloudy for Falls favorite Maid of the Mist

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    From the Washington Examiner:

    Deliberations in Canada over the future of the Maid of the Mist sightseeing boats at Niagara Falls are being closely watched in the United States, where elected and tourism officials want to avoid disruptions to an iconic draw that brings millions of tourists to the Falls each year.

    The double-decker boats ferry people from both sides of the Niagara River to the base of the Horseshoe Falls under separate agreements with New York state and Ontario, Canada. The tours have run continuously since 1846.

    The Niagara Parks Commission, an arm of the Ontario government that controls the land and buildings around the Canadian falls, approved a 25-year contract with the Maid of the Mist Steamship Co. in 2008. But the lack of competition for the deal drew criticism, so the commission called for bids from competing boat tour operators for the first time.

    The multimillion-dollar bids are under review; the commission is expected to make its recommendation to Ontario’s tourism minister in February, though at one point it had anticipated choosing a company by the end of last year.

    Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/entertainment/travel/2012/01/future-cloudy-falls-favorite-maid-mist/2147516?utm_source=feedburnerdcexaminer%2Fwheels&utm_medium=feedWheels&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+dcexaminer%2Fwheels+%28Wheels%29%24%7Bdistribu&utm_content=%24%7BdistributionCha#ixzz1kx3vjMZd

    Minister of State Moore Greets Chinese Tourism Officials in Niagara Falls

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    From a Marketwire press release:

    The Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), along with Dean Allison, Member of Parliament for Niagara West–Glanbrook, today greeted officials from the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) during their visit to Niagara Falls, Ontario.

    “I am thrilled to welcome the Chinese delegation to Canada,” said Minister of State Moore. “I am also glad to be able to show them some of what makes Canada a wonderful destination for our Chinese friends.”

    While meeting with the CNTA delegates, the Minister of State spoke about the importance of the arrival of the first official tour groups from China last week.

    “With last week’s arrival of over 350 Chinese leisure travellers, Canadian tourism has taken a step forward in terms of competing on the world stage,” noted Minister of State Moore.

    Falls important for Ontario tourism: Minister

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    As Michael Chan met with several of Niagara’s tourism officials this week, he said one thing became abundantly clear.

    “I think the Niagara region is in a really good position moving forward. I’m very hopeful for the future of tourism in the area,” Ontario’s tourism minister told The Niagara Falls Review during his day-long tour of the peninsula Wednesday.

    While mayors, economic development officers and others with a stake in the local industry continue to raise concerns about the economy, currency exchange fluctuations and border-related challenges, bright lights can be seen on the horizon, Chan said.

    Construction of the Niagara Convention and Civic Centre in Niagara Falls, a motor speedway proposal in Fort Erie and the formation of a regional tourism organization will put the area in good stead come the future, he said.

    Feds want passport views

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The federal government won’t move ahead with its plan to incorporate biometric technology into passports until Canadians have had a chance to weigh in on it.

    Pamela Stephens, a spokeswoman for Justice Minister and Attorney General Rob Nicholson, said Friday the minister’s office has been assured by Passport Canada that the agency intends to conduct public consultations, which will likely commence in early April.

    The federal government has talked about introducing biometric passports as far back as 2008. The plan was mentioned again in last week’s speech from the throne. However, the government’s proposed 2010 budget, unveiled last week, didn’t provided specific details about funding for the initiative.

    Some local tourism officials have expressed support in principle for biometrics, but want to know if the changes will mean Canadians will have to pay more to acquire the important border-crossing documents.

    “Before price is established, there will be a public consultation process,” said Stephens. “In the second part of that process, they will introduce a fee structure, so they’re going to consult Canadians on a price before anything is … announced.”

    “That will be an important part for people, particularly in the Niagara area.”

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