November 15, 2013 - 10:40 AM
One of the discount regional airlines that flies into Niagara Falls International Airport is using a reference to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's recent admission to smoking crack in its advertisements on its website.
Spirit Airlines is pitching its low fares by assuring customers "We're not smoking crack."
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November 11, 2013 - 11:28 AM
Starting next year, Preservation Buffalo Niagara is adding guided tours of Niagara Falls State Park to its repertoire.
The group announced in an email late last week it was adding the Falls tours to its list of existing tours, which includes daily tours of Buffalo's City Hall, as well as tours of downtown Buffalo and other neighborhoods.
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November 7, 2013 - 10:30 AM
(Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)
Prospect Point in Niagara Falls State Park is in the middle of a $4.3 million makeover.
Here's the story and a photo gallery.
November 6, 2013 - 5:12 PM
Niagara County Community College's Niagara Falls Culinary Institute will hold an open house for prospective students from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 13.
The event will include tours of the Old Falls Street campus, workshops on financial aid, information on student housing and the chance to meet faculty and students.
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October 25, 2013 - 12:56 PM
Updated 2:14 p.m.
The state parks office today released the final version of a report formalizing a decision announced earlier this year to remove a two-mile stretch of the Robert Moses Parkway.
The issuance of a final scoping report is a procedural step which allows the state to begin design work on what has been called the first phase of planned changes to the parkway, taking out the stretch of highway between Main Street and Findlay Drive in the city's North End.
It will be replaced with a multi-use nature trail for pedestrians, bicyclists, cross-country skiers and others.
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October 8, 2013 - 10:21 AM
A new website is promoting Niagara Falls and the surrounding area for potential visitors.
NiagaraFallsUpClose.com includes information about attractions and lodging, as well as "news" items about recent area history.
The site is produced by Bob Koshinski, the vice president and general manager of WBBZ-TV.
October 3, 2013 - 4:23 PM
Updated 4:53 p.m.
The state and the City of Niagara Falls are offering $40 million in incentives as part of a competition to create downtown development projects.
Dubbed the "Downtown Niagara Falls Development Challenge," officials are looking for proposals for "signature projects" to boost tourism.
One of the reasons for the challenge is to build more attractions to try to get tourists who visit the Falls to stay longer and spend more money while visiting.
The area is not capitalizing on potential revenue, according to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's office, because overnight stays and visitor spending are less here than in places around the country with national parks, even though the Falls draws more visitors than most.
The loss in revenue "can be traced to the limited number and quality of amenities in the Niagara Falls area."
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September 20, 2013 - 4:54 PM
Niagara Falls is playing host to a collection of travel writers this weekend.
The Travel Media Showcase Family Travel Conference runs through Monday.
Attendees will take in presentations and seminars at Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, and will visit area attractions in the Falls, Lewiston, Youngstown and Gasport.
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September 18, 2013 - 10:01 AM
A proposal that would double the number of rooms at a Niagara Falls Boulevard motel passed its first round of scrutiny on Tuesday night.
The owner of the Budget Host Inn, 6621 Niagara Falls Blvd., got approval for two variances from the city's Zoning Board of Appeals.
The project calls for the motel to jump from 30 to 64 rooms by adding a second floor, said owner Dharan Shah. Renovations will also move the motel's pool, create a fitness room and breakfast room, as well as more office space, Shah said.
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September 13, 2013 - 9:46 AM
(Photo credit: Derek Gee/Buffalo News)
I wrote a story that appeared on today's front page about how officials want tourists to stay longer in the Falls but how visitors say there's nothing to do here.
I did talk to some visitors who said they absolutely loved it here - much of the time it was for the natural qualities this side offers.
But while some people do enjoy it, not enough people are staying. City and state economic development officials see the obvious need to try to get them to stay longer, spend more money while here, etc.
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