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    Political parties not ignoring tourism, say candidates

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Tourism may not be as prominent an issue in this provincial election as it was in 2007.

    But candidates representing the three major parties looking to form government after Oct. 6 are adamant they’re not overlooking an industry they say is so vital to Niagara’s economy.

    During the provincial election four years ago, tourism had its own section in the Liberal, Progressive Conservative and New Democratic platforms.

    For example, then PC leader John Tory promised more money for marketing.

    Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty pledged a “comprehensive competitiveness study,” which led to a $4-million report, which in turn led to the creation of regional tourism organizations tasked to make Ontario’s tourism industry more competitive with other destinations around the world.

    While there were specific promises for tourism in 2007, this time around, there are few.

    Niagara should be leader in province’s new tourism plan: Thomson

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Niagara Falls should be a leader in the province’s plan to build a stronger, more competitive tourism industry, says Niagara Falls Tourism chairman Wayne Thomson.

    “There’s no question that Niagara Falls is the logical leader in tourism,” he said. “While Niagara as a whole provides plenty of tourism opportunities, there are only two municipalities that really have anywhere near international appeal and those are Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the- Lake.”

    Under the plan, 13 tourism organizations will be established in regions across Ontario early in the new year. They will be responsible for working with tourism partners to enhance and grow each region’s tourism products and marketing activities.

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