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There’s more to Niagara than just the Falls

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From Canada.com:

In the morning you’re on a catamaran a few feet from the base of the world’s best-known waterfall, with green water the colour of a Chinese vase thundering down from above and enveloping you in a mad, swirling mist. At lunch you’re sipping Cabernet Sauvignon in a posh dining room overlooking ripening vineyards.

Later in the day you catch an intense production of Dracula at the world-renowned Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, then stop at the craft brewery in town before finishing things off with dinner.

I’ve probably been to Niagara Falls a dozen times now, and I seem to discover a different version each time.

Facts About Niagara Falls

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From Live Science:

Niagara Falls is a geological wonder and one of the most famous waterfalls in the world. Straddling the border between the United States and Canada, it has been a popular tourist attraction for over 200 years, as well as a major source of hydroelectric power.

Wine, whisky and drama: More to Niagara than just the Falls

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

In the morning you’re on a catamaran a few feet from the base of the world’s best-known waterfall, with green water the colour of a Chinese vase thundering down from above and enveloping you in a mad, swirling mist. At lunch you’re sipping Cabernet Sauvignon in a posh dining room overlooking ripening vineyards.

Later in the day you catch an intense production of Dracula at the world-renowned Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, then stop at the craft brewery in town before finishing things off with an authentic Thai dinner.

A mindful run along Niagara Falls

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From Running Magazine:

Recently I was in Niagara Falls, Ont. for several days and reveled in the opportunity to run alongside the iconic waterfall. It’s truly an invigorating experience to be in the presence of such a natural wonder. Read More…

Canadians call for Niagara to be recognized as 8th wonder of the world

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Last week I received the official press release about the #claimthe8th campaign

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Canadians call for niagara to be recognized as 8th wonder of the world
78 per cent of Canadians support local Tourism Partnership of Niagara initiative to claim elusive title

NIAGARA, CANADA (August 9, 2016) A recent national poll by Ipsos Reid gauged Canadians’ support for the idea of designating Niagara Canada the 8th Wonder of the World, and eight in ten (78%) Canadians across the country support the idea.  According to the results, three in four Canadians (75%) say they already consider Niagara Canada a Wonder of the World and Niagara’s Regional Tourism Organization, the Tourism Partnership of Niagara (TPN) is setting out to make it official with a grassroots campaign that recently launched to rally support for the initiative.

“As the conversation goes, people are familiar with the “7 Wonders of the World.” Be it modern, natural or man-made, there are recognized icons of nature and culture that are associated with this list,” said Jody Larose, Executive Director of the Tourism Partnership of Niagara.  “However, there has never been an official recognition or title given to a new, globally known icon of the world.  Through this initiative we aim to change that and are calling on local residents and Canadians to show their support by joining the conversation and sharing why they too want to make Niagara Canada the 8th Wonder of the World.”

Driven by local and national support the #Claimthe8th campaign aims to prove why Niagara Falls and the surrounding regions of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Twenty Valley, St. Catharines and Niagara’s South Coast (that collectively make up Niagara Canada) should stake the claim as the 8th Wonder of the World.  With support from local government officials, businesses and residents, the campaign aims to officially recognize Niagara Canada as the 8th Wonder of the World, a title that the majority of Canadians already believe it to own.  Out of a list of eight globally recognized sites, Niagara Canada came in second with (75%), tied with the Great Wall of China and the Grand Canyon.  Topping the list with (84%), was the pyramids.

With more than 80 award-winning wineries, the Welland Canal – one of the greatest engineering feats of the twentieth-century, the historically rich sites dedicated to the war of 1812, beautiful beaches, a buzzing foodie scene and of course Niagara Canada’s waterfall wonder – the Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Canada is ready to claim the title as the 8th Wonder of the World.  The campaign continues to gain momentum and Canadians are invited to show their support by voting online at VISIT NIAGARA and by joining the conversation; sharing stories, memories and photos using #Claimthe8th. 

The campaign which is currently running, continues through to the end of August and will consist of online discussions, social media and digital media support.

About the survey

Ipsos Reid surveyed 1001 Canadians from across Canada in an online poll in August 2016.  The sample was balanced to represent current population census data and is accurate within +/- 10% margin of error at a 95% confidence level.  The survey was commissioned by Tourism Partnership of Niagara.

About Tourism Partnership of Niagara

The Tourism Partnership of Niagara (TPN) is a non-profit industry led organization funded by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS). We are one of thirteen Regional Tourism Organizations in the Province of Ontario, Canada (RTO2). Our sub-regional partners Niagara Falls Tourism, Tourism Niagara-on-the-Lake, City of St. Catharines Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Twenty Valley Tourism Association and Niagara’s South Coast Tourism Association share our vision to become the #1 international tourism destination in North America. Tourism Partnership of Niagara will enhance and grow a highly competitive tourism region through visitor-centric strategies and by developing a compelling leisure destination brand that strengthens Niagara’s reputation as a world-renowned travel destination.

For additional Information and/or interviews, please contact:

Caroline Murphy
Director of Communications, McCann Canada
caroline.murphy@mccann.com
416.846.8829

Jillian Nero
Marketing Manager
Tourism Partnership of Niagara
jillian.nero@niagarasrto.com
289.477.5344 x: 223
Cell: 905-351-7880

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.

The battle of Niagara: The US plans that could tempt tourists away from Canada

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From the Daily Mail:

Every year millions of visitors flock to see the dramatic Niagara Falls that separate New York state from Ontario.

But while 12million people head to the Canadian side, just six million choose to view the spectacular waterfall from the American side.

However, all that is set to change as the US ramps up a campaign to develop tourism on the south side of the Falls and tempt some of those 12million away from Canada.

Aerospace engineer wants to go over Niagara Falls

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From the Toronto Sun:

Aerospace engineer Julian Sharpe is so confident in the disaster-proof pod he has invented that he is willing to test it by going over Niagara Falls.

“I’m aware there are huge restrictions, and it may not even be possible, in which case we would be looking for an alternative waterfall,” said Sharpe, 50, a British inventor who now lives in the United States.

Niagara Falls is the preferred site for Sharpe’s pod, which is built for people to survive natural disasters.

Are We There Yet? – Top 10 Canadian Destinations

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I don’t know if they are in any particular order, but Crave Online has Niagara Falls at #1 in their list of top 10 Canadian destinations:

Niagara Falls: Niagara Falls is an awe-inspiring vacation destination like no other. From the top of Skylon Tower to the base of Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls boosts beauty beyond your imagination.And it’s not just the waterfall itself that ignites this area – Niagara Falls is bursting with activities making it one of top 10 places to visit in Canada. From vineyards, golf, casinos, dining and trails to fun on the Clifton Hill main street, Niagara Falls is an experience you’ll never forget.

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