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    ‘One of the best years’ for tourism

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    A co-ordinated marketing campaign and hosting a live American talk show helped make for another great tourism season in Niagara Falls.

    “I just talked to one of the major players the other day, and he said he was up 10 per cent last year, and he’s up 10 per cent this year, so that gives you a very good idea,” said Niagara Falls Tourism chairman Wayne Thomson.

    He said the heart of the tourism sector — Fallsview, Victoria Centre and Clifton Hill — was regularly jammed with people during the traditional busy season May 24 to Labour Day.

    “People right from Clifton Hill, right down to Table Rock — people walking up Murray Hill — it was just constantly loaded,” said Thomson.

    Victoria Avenue work requires extra $230K

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Council approved an additional $230,000 to complete the first phase of a streetscape project along Victoria Avenue.

    The extra expense will come out of the city’s capital holding reserve fund and will address unanticipated intersection work, as well as additional consultant services.

    Earlier this year, council entered into a cost-sharing arrangement with the Victoria Centre Business Improvement Association for a $3.8-million revitalization from Highway 420 to Clifton Hill/Centre Street. The city agreed to a strict construction timeline, at the request of the BIA.

    Construction began this spring, but stopped during July and August to not disrupt the busy tourism season. Work is scheduled to resume after Labour Day, and is expected to be mostly completed by November.

    The tourists are coming! Unofficial start of the tourism season

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The holiday honours Queen Victoria’s birthday, but for the thousands of tourists who come to Niagara Falls for the Victoria Day weekend it’s a time to relax, have fun and kick off the beginning of the summer season.

    No trip to Niagara Falls would be complete without a stop on Clifton Hill, which is often quite busy, regardless of the hour.

    “Getting to see the Falls is just amazing,” said Karisa Burt, a first-time visitor, who is visiting with her family from Newfoundland. “I’m taking a lot of pictures because I want to remember everything.”

    Vikki Ash, also from Newfoundland, has been to Niagara Falls before, but she made Clifton Hill her first stop of the day.

    “We’ve been on the Skywheel and really enjoyed that and later we will be doing some shopping. We are here to enjoy some family time together.”

    Tourism sector takes stock at season start

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    With new tourism-related services, and the potential for more in the coming years, officials see a bright future for the No. 1 industry in Niagara Falls.

    As the traditional tourism season gets underway in the city, many of those involved in the sector are looking forward to seeing if, or how, the new convention centre will help an industry that has suffered some lean years recently.

    But with the food and wine expo at the convention centre this weekend, an extension to GO rail service, with discussions continuing on a people-mover system and with the potential for a new 7,000-seat entertainment centre bringing A-list stars to the city in a few years, the long-term prospects look good, they say.


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    From the Niagara Falls Reporter:

    If Easter week is any sort of barometer, the 2011 tourism season is going to be an exceptionally good one for Niagara Falls. Tourists were out en masse, and even the reality of $4-per-gallon gas prices did not keep them from traveling to see the world’s most famous waterfall.

    The Hilton Fallsview and Suites in Niagara Falls, Ont., was filled to capacity with guests representing states from all over the union, along with a number of European, South American and Middle Eastern countries.

    No one seemed to be clutching their wallets too closely, as they freely spent on sightseeing, attractions, shopping and food. All of this came despite the fact that the area’s top attraction, the Maid of the Mist boat ride, was dry-docked due to unseasonably cold weather that caused a very late release of the Lake Erie ice boom.

    The Cave of the Winds and the Journey Behind the Falls operated at diminished capacity. The Cave could only allow visitors a ride to the base of the American Falls, as their famed wooden decks have yet to be rebuilt for the season, while the Journey dealt with falling rock that closed their outside observation decks to visitors in the early part of last week.

    With the dawn of another busy and profitable season upon us, it seems the proper time for a primer as to how all local residents can best be prepared to handle and augment the big tourism push that fuels the economy of our city and county.

    Nothing frosts the hardworking people in the tourism sector of Niagara Falls, N.Y., more than when they hear tales from tourists that locals seem to go out of their way to send people across the border to Canada.

    Tourism looking up

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    (yeah, I know I’m a few days late with this one…)

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The Honeymoon Capital is having a better tourism season this year than last, despite the continuing difficulties convincing Americans to take their holidays north of the border, says the president of Niagara Falls Tourism.

    “We’re holding our own,” said Wayne Thomson.

    “Fortunately, there are enough Ontarians, people from Quebec and other parts of Canada who are offsetting what would be a dismal year otherwise.”

    Thomson said so far this year the majority of operators are reporting increased business compared to last summer when both Canada and the United States were smack dab in the middle of one of the worst recessions in decades.

    “This last long weekend was exceptional,” said Thomson.

    This summer could be a thriller in the city

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It’s not always about what you’re selling.

    Sometimes, especially in an industry like tourism, it’s how you sell it.

    Take Clifton Hill as an example.

    As the 2010 tourism season kicks off this long weekend, the area is preparing for new attractions, restaurants and accommodations.

    “A lot of people who have come to Niagara Falls in the past have that ‘been there, done that’ attitude. But the reality is Clifton Hill and all of Niagara Falls is evolving and ever changing,” said Sue McDowell, executive director of the Victoria Centre Business Improvement Area.

    “There’s so many hidden treasures and places of interest in the whole Niagara region, so it’s really important to get the word out.

    “We want people to know and say ‘Oh my goodness, we haven’t been to Niagara Falls in a while and so much has changed, there’s so much more to do.'”

    GO trains returning for tourism season

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The return of GO Transit trains to Niagara Falls is “absolutely wonderful,” says Niagara Falls woman Denise Kurek, one of the first passengers aboard last summer’s “excursion train” to Toronto as the provincial agency tested weekend service between Ontario’s two most popular tourism destinations.

    “We don’t like driving to Toronto,” said Kurek, who travelled with her husband, Bernie, to go to the theatre last June, on the first day of GO’s temporary service between the two cities.

    After GO announced Thursday its summer train service would resume May 21, Kurek said they hope to take their seven-and eight-year-old sons on the train to take in Toronto sights.

    “We want to be able to take the boys this year, maybe to some baseball games, the zoo and the island,” she said.

    Greeters sought for tourism season

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    With the tourist season just around the corner, the Niagara Greeters Program is inviting interested volunteers to participate in the countywide program.

    Coordinator Louise Yots said the success of the program depends on the volunteers who are willing to give of their time and expertise to promote the region’s many attractions and offerings.

    “We look forward to another exciting year as we proudly welcome tourists to our region,” she said.

    GO Transit experiment exceeds expectations

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    More than 43,000 passengers used GO Transit’s “excursion train” to travel between Niagara Falls and Toronto, according to figures released by the provincial transit agency. The summer weekend and holiday service ended on the Thanksgiving holiday Monday, considered the end of the traditional tourism season. There were 833 passengers on Saturday, the start of the three-day weekend. On Sunday, there were 588 and 658 on Thanksgiving.

    In total, 43,646 people used the Niagara-Toronto GO train on 36 service days between June 27 and Oct. 12. It means the average number of passengers per day was 1,212.

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