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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.

Tourism ‘our General Motors’: Falls mayor

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From Niagara This Week:

Calling the tourism industry “our General Motors,” Mayor Jim Diodati said the city needs to exploit opportunities to stage “blockbuster events” to further increase the number of visitors coming to Niagara Falls.

“People poke fun at it, but (tourism) is our General Motors,” Diodati told and audience of 200 at the Marriott Gateway on the Falls Hotel Monday. Diodati was delivering his annual State of the City address to an audience of local business people. “We need to see what we can do to strengthen it into a year round business.”

Niagara Falls Holiday Market Meets Half Its Goal For Visitors

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From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

When it opened on black Friday, organizers of the Holiday Market in Niagara Falls thought they could hit 400,000 visitors.

Now, it appears they will only get around half that. With four days before Christmas, an estimated 150,000 people have visited the market.

Despite that, the people behind the European style market say it is a success, and a big reason is out of town guests.

State Parks Commissioner Outlines Niagara Falls State Park Improvement Plans

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From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:

New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey on Tuesday outlined a three-part plan to ensure that Niagara Falls State Park offers a welcoming and attractive visitor experience that matches the natural beauty of the Niagara River falls and gorge.

“Governor Cuomo’s administration is fully committed to revitalizing New York’s economy, and Niagara Falls State Park is a critical part of the economic future of Western New York,” Harvey said. “The facilities at Niagara Falls State Park need to match the expectations of 8 million visitors coming from around the globe each year to see the iconic falls. State Parks staff takes great pride in the park and we will dedicate ourselves to improving and enhancing the facilities that complement the falls.”

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