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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.

    $8.3M second phase Victoria Avenue revitalization

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The second phase of the streetscape revitalization along Victoria Avenue will cost $8.3 million.

    It’s one of the most expensive projects in council’s 2017 capital budget. Read More…

    New events expand festival route

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    From Niagara Falls Review:

    There’ll be a prehistoric addition to this year’s Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights.

    Among the new additions to the 34th edition of the festival will be a 10-foot-tall 3D woolly mammoth as part of the Canadian wildlife displays at Dufferin Islands…

    The expanded eight-kilometre illumination route runs along the Niagara Parkway as well as the surrounding districts of Fallsview Boulevard, Victoria Centre, Clifton Hill and Lundy’s Lane.
    “For over three decades now, countless local residents and businesses have come together to support and promote what we feel is the best winter festival celebration anywhere,” Niagara Parks Commission chairwoman Janice Thomson said Thursday at a press conference at the Floral Showhouse.

    The provincial agency this year invested $300,000 on lighting, programming and infrastructure improvements within Queen Victoria Park.

    Connecting Fallsview, Victoria districts

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The city is looking at how the Fallsview and Victoria Centre districts could be better connected in the future.

    “We’re looking at traffic improvements and how we can make turning movements at the intersection of Ferry Street and Fallsview (Boulevard) safer for pedestrians to cross, and also to make the traffic movements easier for routing services like the Wego,” said Geoff Holman, the city’s director of municipal works.

    Holman said at first, the city was just looking at replacing a watermain in the area. But after receiving comments from businesses, municipal staff began to look at the condition of the road, traffic safety, and it “kind of evolved into a larger project.

    “We’ve examined a number of different alternatives to make improvements there, and one of the alternatives that we’re bringing forward will be to look at making it a three-legged intersection, so it’ll be like a T-intersection (involving Fallsview Boulevard, Ferry Street and Buchanan Avenue),” he said.

    Victoria Avenue ‘really needs some attention’

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Long-awaited streetscape improvements along Victoria Avenue are set to begin.

    City council awarded a $3-million contract to Rankin Construction this week for the first phase of the project, which will go from Highway 420 to Clifton Hill/Centre Street.

    It will see new sidewalks, curbs, streetlights, as well as sewer repairs, road resurfacing and tree planting.

    David Antonsen, landscape architect and project manager for the city, said the project is scheduled to start during the week of May 9.

    Council approved the project, at the request of the Victoria Centre business improvement association, during its Jan. 26 meeting, and awarded the construction contract to the St. Catharines company on Tuesday night.

    Information on WEGO transportation system (People Mover replacement)

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    As a frequent visitor to Niagara Falls, I was lucky enough to take advantage with the People Movers Bus Line operated by the Niagara Parks Commission. On 8-13-12 The WEGO Bus line took over for the People Movers bringing transportation in Niagara Falls to a more current and highly functioning operation not to mention a larger travel area. Please check out a little information about the WEGO Bus line.

    WEGO connects you to Niagara Falls accommodations and the tourist areas. WEGO is part of a partnership between the City of Niagara Falls and the Niagara Parks Commission. To provide bus service to visiting tourist. WEGO delivers people’s connections between tourist attractions within the city and Niagara Parks, helping you to experience all that Niagara Falls has to offer. WEGO is fully accessible and will operate year-round, giving easy, convenient service to travelers from around the globe who visit Niagara Falls. At Niagara Parks, WEGO  replaces the familiar fleet of People mover buses which have operated seasonally for over 26 years.

    WEGO features four different bus lines that all meet in Niagara Parks at Table Rock next to the Horseshoe Falls. This is the main transfer hub from the Blue, Red and Purple lines serving the city tourist areas, to the Green line that runs through Niagara Parks.

    The Four Lines are:

    Green Line – Niagara Parks

    Blue Line – Fallsview, Victoria Centre, Clifton Hill

    Red Line – Lundy’s Lane

    Purple Line – Downtown Queen Street

    WEGO operates daily from as early as 9 a.m. to as late as 1 a.m., April through October. A WEGO bus will arrive at most stops every 20 to 30 minutes. Modified service will be offered November through March.

    Fares

    2012 Retail Pricing

    Until October 24:

    24-Hour Pass – Adults $7.00 and Kids $4.00

    48-Hour Pass – Adults $11.50 and Kids $8.00

    October 25 to April 14

    Ride the Second Day Free – Adults $7.00 and Kids $4.00

    Adults = 13+ Years

    Kids = 6-12 Years

    Kids under 6 Ride Free

    Purchase your WEGO Pass at the following locations:

    Campark Campground 9387 Lundy’s Lane 905-358-3873

    Comfort Inn Fallsview 6645 Fallsview Boulevard 905-358-9353

    DO Niagara/Nightmares Fear Factory 5631 Victoria Avenue 905-357-3327

    Embassy Suites by Hilton Fallsview 6700 Fallsview Boulevard 1-800-420-6980

    Falls Convenience 5613 Victoria Avenue 905-356-6103

    Howard Johnson Hotel by the Falls 5905 Victoria Avenue 905-357-4040

    KOA Campground 8625 Lundy’s Lane 905-354-6472

    Niagara Falls Inter-City Bus Terminal 4555 Erie Avenue 905-357-2133

    Niagara Falls Tourism 5400 Robinson Street 905-356-6061

    Niagara Information Centre 5615 Stanley Avenue 905-941-1970

    Reg’s Candy Kitchen Rainbow Bridge Plaza 905-356-4229

    Scotiabank Convention Centre 6815 Stanley Avenue 905-357-6222

    Souvenir City 4199 River Road 1-866-344-0985

    Super 8 North of the Falls 4009 River Road 905-356-0131

    Tourism Excellence Niagara 424 South Service Road, Grimsby 1-800-263-2988

    New “Clifton Hill District” garbage cans

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    Have you seen the new garbage cans that are around (but not on) Clifton Hill? They look very nice.

    As I indicated, they are not on Clifton Hill. Why? Because they are put out by the Victoria Centre BIA (Business Improvement Association). This is the business group representing the operations above Clifton Hill. You can find out more about that area by visiting http://www.topofcliftonhill.com/

    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.'”

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