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    Niagara Falls continues to grow as tourist destination

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    From Buffalo Business First (sometimes the article shows up free, sometimes you need a paid subscription):

    On a sunny spring afternoon, Asian tourists climbed off a bus in the Fallsview District of Niagara Falls and made their way toward the iconic waterfalls, many with cameras in hand.

    Those who didn’t immediately head to a nearby overview were busy taking selfies near the Fallsview Casino.

    Those 40 tourists are symbolic of the more than 14 million people a year who visit Niagara Falls, Ontario. They come not only for the dramatic views but for a growing list of attractions.

    Despite 8 million tourists, Niagara Falls taxis and liveries fight to survive

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Driving a taxicab in a city that welcomes more than eight million tourists a year might seem like a lucrative business – and that might have been true at one time.

    But today, owners of taxi and livery companies in Niagara Falls are battling over a piece of a shrinking pie.

    Most tourists who come to Niagara Falls arrive either by car or in tour buses, studies have long shown, and have no need for a cab. And many of the major hotels operate shuttles for their guests.

    State and local governments even fund a hop-on, hop-off shuttle that connects downtown Niagara Falls to Fort Niagara in Youngstown, and that hits all of the major stops along the Niagara River.

    And now, since June 29 with the state’s legalization of ride-hailing services, private vehicle owners who sign up with Uber and Lyft have been able to join the competition.

    Niagara Falls development financing falling into place

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    From WBFO News:

    Across Niagara Falls, there are projects suggesting the tourism boom – and development that feeds off tourists – are here to stay for the long haul. Read More…

    ‘They’re more sharp’: Tourists take in new lights on falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    For longtime Niagara Falls visitor Chris Endres, it was like looking at the falls with a new glasses.

    They were brighter. Clearer. Better.

    Like several other tourists Saturday night, he had come to check out the falls in a better light. Four million dollars worth of better lights, actually.

    On Thursday, the bi-national Niagara Falls Illumination Board unveiled the first new lighting system for the falls in 20 years. Using 100 panels of LED lights, the new system provides twice the power of the old Xenon spotlights while using about 60 percent less energy.

    The new system was unveiled during a lighting ceremony Thursday, and two nights later tourists were bedazzled by the change.

    Unknown Stories of WNY: Tesla’s Niagara Legacy

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    From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo (includes video):

    As Dan Davis, Joan Johnson and Lewis Buttery sit in the cafe at the Niagara Arts Culture Center, they discuss Niagara Falls history, and how it could mean big things for the future of the Cataract City. As members of the group Tesla at Niagara, they envision the famous inventor’s creation energizing tourists of the future.

    The group is trying to establish a museum dedicated to the work of Nikola Tesla and the Niagara Falls Power Company.

    “Canada” (including Niagara Falls)

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    At another store, I recently saw this book from 1978 called Canada which includes an introduction by Harry J Boyle (apparently he was a famous CBC broadcaster). The book has information about different parts of Canada and there was a section about Niagara Falls:

    Niagara Falls, where the mighty Niagara River plunges over the escarpment into a deep gorge, is one of the world’s most spectacular shows of natural beauty. The Canadian Horseshoe Falls measures 671 metres across and are an impressive 54 metres high. First described by a priest who travelled with La Salle, the Rev. Louis Hennepin, the falls have attracted honeymooners, stunt-men and tourists since the early 1800’s. The river also provides, at this point, much of the hydro-electric power for Ontario and New York.

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    This shot of the Falls is great, as the only building you see is the Tower Hotel. There were no other big buildings at all.

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    Region throws support behind summer games bid

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    This isn’t exactly related to the main Niagara Falls tourism district, but if a large event is held in the region, it would certainly bring a lot of tourists.

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Niagara Region has put its support behind a bid to host the 2021 Canada Summer Games.

    Council committed $85,000 Thursday to have Niagara Sport Commission develop a formal bid proposal for the two-week competition.

    The funds will allow the commission to develop preliminary and comprehensive bid proposals that, if approved by council upon completion, will be submitted for consideration.

    The Majesty of the Niagara Falls

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    A recent CNN iReport was about Niagara Falls (including a few pictures):

    There are two cities in the world that bear the name Niagara Falls. The first city is Niagara Falls, New York, which is a part of the Buffalo, NY Metropolitan Area. On the other side (to the northwest) of the Niagara River, lies Niagara Falls, Ontario in Canada. Both of these cities have charming attractions that tourists will love, but the primary attraction of the region are the Niagara Falls themselves.

    Maid of the Mist to launch for 129th consecutive season on May 10th

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    From a CNW Group press release seen on Yahoo! Finance:

    Celebrities, world leaders and tourists from Canada and around the world will once again have a chance to ride the iconic Maid of the Mist when the boats are launched in Niagara Falls, N.Y., beginning Saturday, May 10, at 10 a.m. The Maid’s 2014 season marks the 129th consecutive year for one of North America’s longest running tourist attractions, and one that has long been considered a “must do” for Niagara Falls visitors from around the world.

    “For 129 years, the Maid of the Mist has been on the bucket-list of the world’s most famous, and not so famous visitors to Niagara Falls, and 2014 continues this genuine tradition,” said Christopher Glynn, president of the Maid of the Mist.

    All mothers will ride free on Mother’s Day, in honor of the 80th birthday of James Glynn, Chairman of the Maid of the Mist Corp. 2014 also marks James Glynn’s 64th consecutive season with the Maid of the Mist.

    Falls tourists talk about being forced to change travel plans

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    Many visitors to the Niagara Falls State Park Wednesday definitely had mixed emotions about their travel plans.

    They were thrilled to view the falls — even with a large section of the Prospect Point viewing area fenced off for remedial work— but disappointed that they would have to skip visits to other destinations due to the federal government shutdown. The name of the game, or so it seemed, was to change on the fly.

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