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Editorial: Niagara Falls has to seize the moment

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From the Buffalo News:

Lockport’s good news is a reminder of what Niagara Falls should be doing and isn’t. At least, not enough of it. It’s crazy that both Lockport and Niagara Falls, Ont., are able to move ahead on tourism development, but that on this bank of the international river, things can’t seem to happen very quickly.

Niagara Falls attractions secure despite Toronto casino plans

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From Multibriefs.com:

After years of debate, a casino is coming to Toronto. Great Canadian Gaming Corp. and Brookfield Business Partners recently announced a partnership to upgrade the OLG Slots at Woodbine to a full casino and entertainment/hotel complex.

With plans for a “city within a city” set to run on a 22-year lease, the development is causing concern among some who worry that it could steal some of Niagara Falls’ thunder. However, Niagara Falls’ tourism initiatives shouldn’t be counted out just yet — they have a few new offerings on the horizon.

Discover the Discover Niagara Shuttle before it’s too late

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From the Niagara Falls Reporter:

Though the tourist season is still underway, the “Back to School” noises are echoing ever louder, heralding the approaching end of summer’s activities. One of the players in the tourism game is the Discover Niagara Shuttle, which will see its second season close, with lingering thoughts of whether it will see a third.

Sara Capen, Executive Director of the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area and project manager responsible for the Discover Niagara Shuttle, remains optimistic, and hopeful.

Downtown Wi-Fi program gets a boost from Destination Niagara

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From the Niagara Gazette:

Destination Niagara USA, the renamed tourism bureau of Niagara County, has thrown financial support behind a local push to install wireless Internet equipment on Old Falls Street.

The Wi-Fi pilot program, which would allow up to 4,000 simultaneous users to access the web on their telephones, laptops and tablets, is being driven by the Niagara Global Tourism Institute.

Destination Niagara’s board of directors approved a $50,000 allocation for the initiative over the next two budget years last week, according to Andrea Czopp, the organization’s director of communications.

Niagara Falls is Working with Review Site ‘Yelp’ to Promote City

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From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:

Destination Niagara USA recognizes the power of social media and says by connecting with the popular review site ‘Yelp,’ it will help local businesses and tourism in Niagara Falls. Destination Niagara USA is the marketing organization for Niagara Falls and Niagara County that promotes tourism.

Strong tourism start despite surging dollar

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

A top Niagara Falls tourism official is not concerned about the Canadian dollar’s surge to US80 cents this week amid a weakened U.S. dollar and further signs of a strengthening Canadian economy.

“I don’t think it’s enough to discourage anybody from coming,” said Wayne Thomson, chairman of Niagara Falls Tourism.

“I think 20 cents on the dollar is really not bad. They’d prefer 30 cents on the dollar, 32 cents, but 20 cents on the dollar is a pretty substantial reduction on (Americans’) travelling (costs to Canada) … so I don’t think we’re in any kind of concern at this point.”

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 operator credits casino patrol unit

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

An incident that occurred during the long weekend at an attraction on Clifton Hill is just another example of how important the Niagara Regional Police’s casino patrol unit is to the Niagara Falls tourism core, says Niagara Clifton Group president Charlie Burland.

Burland, whose family has owned property on the north side of Clifton Hill for about 90 years, said fire alarms at his haunted house attraction went off around 1:40 a.m. Saturday.

Burland said he has hundreds of security cameras throughout his properties and footage showed one male in a group of young men grabbed a fire extinguisher in the middle of the haunted house and shot it off.

Looming casino revenue loss could hit Niagara Falls hard

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From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

“If we spend it now and it’s not there and this thing lasts for quite some time it can cause a lot of problems,” said Andrew Touma, Niagara Falls City Councilman.

Touma is calling for a 90-day moratorium on casino revenue spending following the Seneca Nation’s announcement to discontinue payments to the state.

“We collect about $16 million a year and of that money around $11 or $12 million per year is used in the general budget. Just to cover expenses in the general budget and then we use other monies for capital projects,” said Touma.

Cuomo Talks Toppling Taxes, Defends Thruway Signs, Tourism in Niagara Falls

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From Time Warner Cable News:

…Cuomo says he won’t stop his call for development on Goat Island in Niagara Falls, despite a petition calling for the park to remain focused on nature and having funds instead go toward other parts of the city. Cuomo says the state is still pushing forward with a request for proposals for projects that could help boost tourism there. Read More…

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