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Hornblower reaches out to business community

By Charlie Specht

The new Canadian competitor of the Maid of the Mist is reaching out to the Buffalo Niagara business community in its fight to gain the American boat tours from the Maid.

Hornblower Cruises recently sent a letter to business and tourism leaders who came out earlier this month in support of the Maid.

"In our view, the 'Niagara Falls' are the 'iconic attraction' and people come to the area to see the Falls -- not the Maid of the Mist. The boat tours simply provide a means for visitors to enjoy those scenic wonders," Hornblower chief executive Terry MacRae writes.

Both companies are jostling for the right to run boat tours on the American side of the falls. Hornblower beat out the Maid last year for the right to run the tours on the Canadian side, and now the company is  suing the state to try to get the American tours, too.

You can read the letter by clicking here.

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