Tag: tourist season

    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.

    Niagara Falls asked to contribute $100K for Discover Niagara Shuttle operations

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    Support from Niagara Falls could keep the Discover Niagara Shuttle service free to riders.

    In coming weeks, city lawmakers will consider giving up to $100,000 to the Discover Niagara Shuttle, which during the 2016 tourist season ferried 33,000 visitors and locals from Youngstown to Niagara Falls.

    It was free for riders last summer, subsidized entirely by public sector partnerships, and will require another $200,000 to support its second year.

    Wallenda Negotiating For Temporary Venue In Falls

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    From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo (includes video):

    For one night last year Nik Wallenda returned Niagara Falls to its past glory with his daredevil wire walk.

    Now a source tells 2 On Your Side that Wallenda may return to the Falls next July, this time with his family’s acrobatic show to perform for up to six weeks during the height of the summer tourist season.

    Clifton Hill ride almost ready to relaunch

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It has had its fair share of ups and downs, but that’s sort of symbolic for the Pile Driver.

    The Clifton Hill thrill ride that sent those who dared to be shot 200 feet up into the air and plummet back down again at high speeds has been out of commission since the end of the 2010 tourist season

    But Doug Birrell, president of Canadian Niagara Hotels, the owner of the property, said it should be back up and running around the beginning of August.

    “We are reengineering it to simplify it, make it run better and faster,” said Birrell.

    Tourist season kicks off

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    This weekend the prime tourist season started with most visitors likely arriving from the Canadian side of the river.

    Over there, the long Victoria Day weekend celebrates the birthday of Queen Victoria of England. Banks, schools and government offices will be closed in Ontario on Monday.

    Traffic should be backed up at the international bridges as Canadians hop across to shop with their higher-valued currency. On Friday, that dollar was worth $1.03 (U.S.).

    That hurts, if you happened to be stuck in Canada with your American buck. Chances are an Ontario merchant smugly told you that your Yankee dollar was worth 90 cents. (It’s called payback time.)

    Next weekend, many of us will be off Monday to observe our Memorial Day holiday.

    Setting sail under cloud of uncertainty

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Maid of the Mist workers Tuesday hurriedly prepared for the start of the upcoming tourist season — hoping it won’t be the last on the Canadian side for an iconic tour boat company that traces its roots back 126 years.

    The Maid of the Mist Steamboat Corp. has owned exclusive rights from its Canadian docks below the falls since the company began, but Ontario’s tourism minister has ordered the lease on the Canadian side be opened to competitive bidding, in effect putting the long-term future of the company into question.

    Charter boats will keep ferrying visitors between the docks at Table Rock and the American, Bridal Veil and Horseshoe falls, but they may belong to a different company and not be part of the small fleet called the Maid of the Mist.

    “Everything is up in the air,” said John H. Percy Jr., president and chief executive of the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. on the U.S. side of the border. “Right now, I’m just looking forward to 2011 season and continuing to work with them.”

    New downtown Sheraton celebrates official opening

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    A family with a long history in Niagara Falls hotels is expanding back into the Cataract City and putting a new face and name on a familiar Third Street fixture.

    Under the kind of sunny skies that herald the return of tourist season to the Falls, the DiCienzo family, the owners of Canadian Niagara Hotels Inc., cut the ribbon on their newest New York property, the newly rechristened Sheraton at the Falls.

    Also see New Hotel Brings New Life To The Falls from WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo.

    Niagara One to spruce up for tourists

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    From the Buffalo News:

    With the beginning of a new tourist season only a few months away, the owners of One Niagara plan to begin sprucing up the property as soon as next week.

    The building is in one of downtown’s most prominent locations.

    “We’re going to swing into operation right away; we’re ready to go now,” Niagara One President Tony Farina said Thursday. The city Planning Board approved a site plan for the property during a meeting Wednesday evening.

    “This is a good sign for the city. It’s very exciting, and it opens up a spark of hope for downtown Niagara Falls,” Farina said.

    Bodies arrive in Niagara Falls

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Bodies have arrived in Niagara Falls and they’re here to stay for the rest of the summer.

    The bodies are not those of eager visitors who descend upon the Falls every summer for the annual tourist season. No, these are dead bodies that will be on display in the newly created Niagara Exhibition Centre at the corner of Stanley Road and Highway 420. Organizers are hoping the dead bodies will attract real living ones — both locals and tourists alike — to come and check out the display.

    Bodies… The Exhibition officially opened on Friday, providing visitors the chance to learn everything there is about the human body — from the inside out. Dr. Roy Glover, chief medical director of the exhibit, said it’s a chance for people to become familiar with the human body and challenge the way people see themselves.

    Clifton Hill Niagara Falls District Announces New Attractions for Visitors to Niagara Falls, Ontario

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    From a PR Web press release:

    As spring wakes up Niagara, so do many new additions to the attractions on Clifton Hill Niagara Falls that bring over 14 million visitors to the area each year. Although the main attraction, the thundering Falls themselves, have remained much the same for many millennia, the start of each new tourist season brings new dining options, unique accommodation choices, and things to do to Clifton Hill – Niagara Falls’ thrilling entertainment district.

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