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‘It was a never-ending sea of people’

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From Niagara This Week (includes photo and video):

The city needs to do better after an estimated 80,000 people choked off travel in the city on Canada Day, Mayor Jim Diodati says.

“We never had a transportation plan like we do for New Year’s Eve or did for the Wallenda walk,” he said after the large crowds made movement throughout the city impossible. “We had a lot of opportunity to be prepared for this.”

Facebook was lit up with stories from residents and visitors complaining of trips normally measured in minutes instead being measured in hours. Other complaints included those from residents living near the tourist areas being unable to leave their homes or welcome guests.

80K people celebrate Canada in tourism district

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

About 80,000 people packed the heart of the tourism area of Niagara Falls on Canada Day, the largest gathering of people in the city since an estimated 100,000 watched Nik Wallenda’s historic wirewalk over the Horseshoe Falls in 2012.

“It was tremendous,” said Niagara Parks Commission chairwoman Janice Thomson.

“That was the number that our Niagara Parks Police recorded in the immediate area of the falls, and around Murray Hill, Clifton Hill, on the (Niagara) Parkway.”

Thomson said she believes the crowd reflects the “fact that we’ve been enjoying an uptick in tourism.”

“We’ve seen more visitors in general, and now for this to be a very special holiday, coupled with the American 4th of July holiday, we just saw an amazing amount of visitors.”

Sean Kirst: The soul of Niagara Falls, revealed at dawn

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From the Buffalo News:

They had dreamed of seeing Niagara Falls since they were children in Zimbabwe, on the other side of the Atlantic. Last week, while visiting friends in Ohio, James and Sta Maodzwa decided they would make the trip to Niagara.

Accompanied by their nephew Tongai and their 12-year-old son Ngoni, they booked a room at the Holiday Inn and then walked to the falls in the middle of the day. It was beautiful, but buses rumbled behind them and tourist groups pushed up to the railing. The bustle around the brink, the many visitors bumping around as they stretched and shouldered and did their best to take “selfies,” made it difficult for the couple to really focus on the natural majesty a few feet away.

In Focus: Niagara Falls area, Ontario, Canada

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From 4 Hoteliers:

The city of Niagara Falls, Ontario, is on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, which forms the international border between the Canadian province of Ontario and the US state of New York.

The natural wonder of Niagara Falls, which is the collective name for the Horseshoe Falls, the adjacent American Falls, and the smaller Bridal Veil Falls, is a major tourist attraction for the city of Niagara Falls, attracting 12 million visitors every year.

Combined, the three falls have the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world—and a vertical drop of more than 165 feet.

With a population of 85,810, the city offers direct “one-day” business opportunities to people on both sides of the border, along with multi-modal transportation networking that includes road, water, rail, and air.

Niagara Falls may have more visitors than it thought

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From the Buffalo News:

Niagara Falls tourism officials customarily say that their city draws 8 million visitors a year, but a new study may show the figure may be larger than that.

A consultant estimates 7.3 million Americans visited Niagara Falls last year. Longwoods International is still working on numbers for Canadian and other foreign tourists, said John H. Percy Jr., president of Destination Niagara.

More funding means brighter Niagara Falls event

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From Niagara This Week:

Organizers of the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights say extra funding from the city will allow for the festival to expand its programming for the 2017-18 event.

On May 9, city politicians approved a request for $300,000 in additional funding so organizers could expand programming to mark a number of milestones — the festival’s 35th anniversary, along with the sesquicentennial of both Ontario and Canada.

“Not only will this funding allow us to draw more visitors to Niagara Falls but at the same time we can expand our programming which provides locals with a world-class festival right here in Niagara,” said Tina Myers, executive director of the festival.

Record year for Winter Festival of Lights

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

A record number of people checked out the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights last season. Read More…

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.

In Focus: Niagara Falls Area, Ontario, Canada

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From HospitalityNet:

The city of Niagara Falls, Ontario, is on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, which forms the international border between the Canadian province of Ontario and the US state of New York. The natural wonder of Niagara Falls, which is the collective name for the Horseshoe Falls, the adjacent American Falls, and the smaller Bridal Veil Falls, is a major tourist attraction for the city of Niagara Falls, attracting 12 million visitors every year. Combined, the three falls have the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world—and a vertical drop of more than 165 feet.

Visitors flocking to Niagara Falls

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This is an old article, but the flow of visitors certainly seemed to continue through the whole summer.

From the Niagara Falls Review:

Niagara’s two casinos are cashing in thanks to a weaker Canadian dollar and more Americans crossing the border.

“Business was solid April through June,” said Greg Medulun, director of communications for Fallsview Casino Resort. “The casinos have experienced favourable conditions including a weaker loony that has translated into a spike in business.”

In addition, he adds, fewer Canadians have been crossing the border, while more Americans have been coming our way.

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