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    $16 Billion Ontario Tourism Gap Requires a Dedicated Government Strategy – Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

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    From Niagara at Large:

    This Thursday, November 17th, the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC) in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has released new data that reveals a significant tourism opportunity gap when compared to international growth rates.

    According to the organization’s report, Closing the Tourism Gap: Creating a Long-Term Advantage for Ontario, Ontario has foregone nearly $16 billion in visitor spending between 2006 and 2012 by not keeping up with global growth trends. While this year has been a strong year for tourism in Ontario, it is important that this recent growth is translated into long-term, sustainable gains in tourism visitation.

    CLOSEUP: Shining the lights on Niagara

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It could be the unseasonably mild temperatures or it could be the added attractions.

    Whatever the reason, organizers are pleased that residents and visitors alike are embracing the 33rd annual Ontario Power Generation WInter Festival of Lights.

    “People are noticing quite a difference this year in terms of the quality and the consistency of displays throughout the destination,” said John Lohuis, general manager of the Niagara Parks Commission and chairman of the festival’s board of directors.

    Visitation is up between 30 and 40 per cent compared to last year at this time.

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