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Perfect Weather this Weekend in Niagara Falls

This promises to be an amazing weekend…

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Attention Niagara Tour Operators, China is Coming!

During Prime Minister Harper’s visit to China in December 2009, China announced that it granted Canada Approved Destination Status, which allows Chinese nationals to travel to Canada in a leisure group tour format. Currently, Canada’s Embassy in Beijing is working closely with the Chinese Government to implement Approved Destination Status.   ADS allows approved Canadian ADS tour operators to receive Chinese nationals into Canada in a leisure group tour format through ADS approved travel agents in China including those that have been authorized by the CNTA.

Canada received about 159,927 visitors from China in 2008 (+5.26% over 2007).  What will be the impact to tourism in Canada? I don’t know but the population of China is 1.3 billion.  Even if a small percentage decides to travel to Canada, I know that one of the preferred destinations will be Niagara Falls.

“The Chinese market is promising, but we have not yet received confirmation of any Niagara Falls tour operator being approved” says a representative from TorontoTours.ca

I really do hope that Niagara Falls tour operators receive approval.

Tour Operator Application Form: http://www.tiac.travel/china/ITOAP.pdf

Photo Credit: http://mediacentre.canada.travel/

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Stupid Tourist Contest 2

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If you have ever worked in tourism anywhere near Niagara Falls, you have heard your fair share of stupid questions. Some of the common ones are “What time does the falls shut off?”, “What happens when it runs out of water? ” & “Are there any penguins in winter?”. We had a stupid tourist question contest in 2008 but we know that you have many more stories to tell. So we would like to continue compiling that list of Stupid Tourist Stories.

1. Submit your stupid tourist story/question using the comment section below.
2. Use your real email address. If you win, we will contact you by email to get your full name and address.
3. Contest closes on May 31, 2010 at 11:59 pm.
4. The best story wins two (2) Niagara Falls Tours from Toronto courtesy of www.eTours.to.

PRIZE
eTours.to has a mandate to offer only the very best tours from the very best tour providers.  One of their most popular tours is the Niagara Falls 1 Day tour.  This tour departs from all Toronto hotels and is available 365 days per year. It includes a winery visit, the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Maid of the Mist, and free time in Niagara Falls.

Full tour details are located here: Niagara Falls 1 Day Tour

The Niagara Falls tour has a value of $79 Canadian.  The winner will receive 2 tickets (total value of $158). The tour tickets must be redeemed before December 31st, 2010.

HOW IS THE WINNER CHOSEN
NiagaraBlog.com and eTours.to will decide who the winner is.  For inspiration, please see some of the entries from our 2008 contest.

Volcano in Iceland Even Affects Niagara Falls Businesses

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A volcanic eruption in Iceland has disrupted Air travel throughout the world. That eruption has even affected local Niagara Falls businesses such as hotels and tour operators.

“We have received a significant number of Niagara Falls Tour cancellations this weekend because customer’s flights to Toronto have been canceled” says Kevin Pillai of NiagaraTours.ca

This is bad news especially since local Niagara Falls businesses have reported an expected decline in business this year.

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Maid of the Mist Opens April 10, 2010

moftmDue to a mild winter, the Maid of the Mist boat ride will be able to start operations a little early this season.  The start date is scheduled to be April 10, 2010.

Spring break road trip from Ohio to Niagara Falls New York

Sarah Takacs and her friend took a road trip from Ohio to Niagara Falls for Spring Break.  This was the first time any of them saw Niagara Falls in the winter.

Sarah tells us, “At times, we could feel the mist, and, while standing on a bridge, we were amazed at how fast the water flowed over the rocks below us. The best part of the trip, in my opinion, was getting to see the Falls lit up in many different colors at night.”

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Top 10 Dirtiest Hotels in Canada

The Top Ten Dirtiest Hotels in Canada decided by Tripadvisor.com based on comments. The top most being one in Niagara Falls, as well as the 7th. So be careful during your next vacationing stay!

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American vs Canadian Falls

ABC Good Morning America 2008 comparison between the economies of the American and Canadian sides of Niagara Falls.

How much have things changed since?

Best tour guides to any area are locals

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Are you vacationing to Niagara Falls any time soon and planning on taking a tour of the area? Be prepared for sticker shock when you see how much some of the tours cost!

Of course there are many reasons you would go with a large tour company when visiting the area. Perhaps you would like to go on a boat tour, or a helicopter ride. Obviously for a tour of that caliber it would be necessary to hire a professional company to show you around Niagara.

But what about if you just wanted to go site seeing? Some of the local tours in Niagara charge anywhere from $75-$150 per person for a 3-4 hour tour. So for an average family of 2 adults and 2 children you can expect to pay between $300-$600! Not only are you paying a lot of money for someone to show you around the area, but you will most likely be with a large group of people as well. Having a large group while site seeing is not always a plus. It can take longer to explore areas with a large group, and you don’t have a say if you want to skip a specific part of the tour.

If you are looking to have the tour of your life and see things you want to see, then going with a tour company might not be your best option. A better option you may want to consider would be to hire a local that lives in Niagara or even a retired tour guide from the area. more…

Rink at the Brink has Competition

skateIn November 2009 the Rink at the Brink opened up in Niagara Falls Canada, in hopes of being a ‘must see’ winter attraction similar to the Rideau Canal in Ottawa and the Rockefeller Center in New York. The attraction became a little disappointing when we learned that due to the mist from the falls, it needed to be covered up by a white roof and enclosed in plexiglas.

Niagara Falls, New York, hopes that their idea is better.  Construction of an ice rink DeVeaux Woods State Park,  just a little further from the falls, just finished.  Because the rink is far enough from the falls there is no need for a roof and enclosure.  Hopefully skating at the rink becomes an annual tradition for residences and visitors to Niagara Falls.

Pile Driver Niagara Falls

Video on board the  ‘Pile Driver’ ride, a Niagara Falls attraction that opened in 2002 by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE).

Niagara Falls Educational Video

An 18 minute video by Travel Video StoreThe video has fantastic Niagara Falls footage and is very educational. The Travel Store took down the original video we posted and replaced with this shorter and older video.

Vote for your Favorite Peace Bridge Design

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Two Tower Signature Bridge Concept I

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Three Tower Signature Bridge Concept I

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Three Span Arch Signature Bridge Concept

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Niagara Falls Tour 50% Off? Yes, Hurry!

Wow! Check out this deal from TeamBuy.ca.  For just $40 you can purchase a Niagara Falls tour from Toronto that includes a visit to Pillitteri Estates Vineyards, wine tasting, historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Journey Behind the Falls, and free time in Niagara Falls.  Pick-up and return from Toronto is included.

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Border Crossing Wait Times

If you are planning a shopping trip to Buffalo, Niagara Falls, or Toronto keep visiting NiagaraBlog.com. We will be featuring a series of posts that will save you time and money.

Travellers interested in a cross border shopping spree are probably contemplating which border crossing to take. You have 3 options; the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls; the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge in Queenston; or the Peace Bridge in Buffalo. The wait times for these vary so you should check which crossing to take right before you depart. The two most reliable websites are:

USA: Niagara Falls Bridge Commission

Canada: Border Crossing Times

These are great resources, however to get live up to the minute information we recommend that you use your mobile phone and the Government of Canada Web Poratal ( www.wap.gc.ca).  

To access border crossing wait times information just follow these easy steps on your WAP enabled phone.

1. With your phone go to www.wap.gc.ca

2. Choose Services
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3. Border Wait Times
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Locals Know Deals

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The 2009 LocalsKnow.ca winter campaign has just kicked off.  The site encourages Canadians to share and seek out their favourite winter places and experiences. Its goals: a shot in the arm to both Canada’s winter tourist economy and the media industry, plus amplifying any existing programs run by partners.

Here are some great local Niagara Falls Deals that we discovered:

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Fall & Winter Travel Guide

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Fall in Ontario is a wonderful time of year for making memories. Plan your fall getaway around any of the 18 scenic touring routes. It’s a time to explore our province with family and friends, and to enjoy all that our harvest has to offer.

Holiday CelebrationsFestivals and Events Ontario: Fall & Winter Celebrations

Celebrate the season! Find exciting festivals and events with your guide to Holiday Celebrations in Ontario.

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Marketing Niagara Falls Internationally

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The Canadian Tourism Commission has taken a new approach in marketing Canada as a vacation destination.   They are targeting free independent travelers through blogs and videos.  Recently they sponsored 8 well known bloggers from South Korea to visit and write about  Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario.

The first to visit Ontario was Won Kyun Chun.  She has already posted a few stories.  Jin Hyun Han, Kum Ran Son, Yong-Chul Kim, Sang Gu Jung, Ja Young Lee and Won Goo Kang will follow.

I can’t wait to see what they have to say about Niagara Falls.

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