From Niagara This Week:
Described as a critical piece of the pie in terms of attracting people to Niagara, the gleaming new Scotiabank Convention Centre opened in Niagara Falls on Friday to much fanfare.
Years in the making, the new centre across from the old Loretto Academy attracted hundreds of people to the opening celebration.
It’s expected the $100-million building, which received federal and provincial funding as well as funding from local business improvement areas and the private sector, will become an institution that generations of people will use for graduation ceremonies, proms, weddings, and business meetings.
It’s also expected that the convention centre will have a huge economic impact: it’s already created 70 full-time and 210 part-time jobs, and it’s projected that it will generate $83 million worth of new visitor expenditures in the region annually.
If those projections hold true, it will practically pay for itself in a little over a year.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
Weddings aboard a tour boat in the mist of Niagara Falls could become a new tradition depending on what “innovative” ideas companies propose in their bids to operate tours from the Canadian side of the Niagara River.
“You can provide anything that you think will work,” said Bill Mocsan, a consultant hired by the Ministry of Tourism to help the Niagara Parks Commission pick a company to provide tours — a process that could end the commission’s historic tie with the Maid of the Mist Steamboat Co.
Mocsan, the government-appointed procurement specialist will draft the request for proposals for companies interested in winning the lease to run boat tours from a piece of parks commission property.
Other possibilities could include hour-long cruises with hot meals. A snack bar on board. And night tours.
The “preview” put up yesterday also has some videos…
From the Chicago Tribune:
I think Philadelphia Daily News critic Ellen Gray put it best: “Thought the hype had killed ‘The Office’ wedding for me. But I’m all choked up.”
Agreed. I don’t know about you, but I teared up at the end. And that’s kind of miraculous, considering that two things have been overexposed this year. One was “The Office” wedding (and yes, I realize that I added to the hype with my article and tweets, but I was genuinely excited about seeing Jim and Pam tie the knot, and now I know the episode definitely met all my expectations and then some).
Another overexposed thing: The “dancing down the aisle” wedding from Youtube.
Despite the potential that big TV weddings have for being dumping grounds for cliches, despite the fact that we all probably thought we never wanted to see or read about that video again, “The Office” writers were very clever and the whole thing ended up not only funny but heartfelt.
From the Associated Press via the San Francisco Chronicle:
Up here, it becomes clear what helicopter pilot Ruedi Hafen has said on the ground: A helicopter offers a view of Niagara Falls like no other, and no one wants to leave without a picture, or 10.
It’s also obvious just how imposing the landscape really is with its foaming white cascades, steep and rocky escarpment and swirling green river and whirlpool.
Twenty-eight years at the controls of his fleet of sightseeing helicopters have given Hafen a unique perspective of the natural wonder straddling the United States and Canadian border. Perhaps more than anyone else, he has seen the good and the bad, from the happiest tourists drinking in the scenery, to the despondent who allow themselves to be swallowed by it.