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    Noel Buckley to head Scotiabank Convention Centre

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    From Buffalo Business First:

    Noel Buckley, a recognized Niagara Falls, Ont. hospitality industry leader, is returning to Southern Ontario to run the Scotiabank Convention Centre.

    Buckley, 55, has been named the convention center’s president and general manager, filling a position that had vacant for nearly 20 months. Buckley was selected for a national headhunting search. He begins his new Niagara Falls tenure next month.

    Terms of his new contract were not disclosed.

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    Lesson from Falls: Casinos are a gamble

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Cha-ching! That was the jubilant sound from across the state last week as politicians began counting up casino cash they hope will soon roll in. The Catskills rejoiced at hitting the jackpot. The Southern Tier was shocked to lose out, and struggling Atlantic City breathed a sigh of relief that New York’s three newest casinos won’t be nearer.

    But here’s a hard-luck tale that might make newly anointed casino towns think twice before counting their winnings. It begins with the same hopes for new jobs, boatloads of cash and an opportunity to rewrite the future. It ends, at least for now, with a city still struggling to pay its bills and more reliant on gambling dollars than ever.

    It was December 2002, and the doors of the Seneca Niagara Casino were just about to open. The City of Niagara Falls was a tattered tourist destination with a world-class waterfall, a place with as many vacant storefronts as memories of the way things once were. The casino, residents were told, would bring the jobs, construction and city revenue they had been chasing in failed development deals for years.

    But there were already signs the fine print wasn’t as good a deal as it could have been for the Falls.

    N.F., Ont., inn gets new life as Wyndham

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    From Buffalo Business First:

    The former Stanley Inn, once a landmark hotel on Stanley Avenue in Niagara Falls, Ont., will be reborn as the city’s first Wyndham Hotel .

    Local developers are investing $7.5 million to renovate it into a nine-story, 152-suite hotel that will open next year. Located in the city’s Fallsview business district, it is near the recently opened Scotiabank Convention Centre and also close to Fallsview Casino Resort. The Stanley Inn has been vacant for more than five years.

    As you know, I have reported on the construction on this site for months. However, I had no idea it was going to be a Wyndham property. Why don’t these companies put signs up to get the name out there. I would have included it in every posting if I had known. Seems like a missed opportunity…

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