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A new report gives Buffalo and Erie County high marks as a tourism destination, but underscores the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center's shortcomings in drawing events and visitors. The results put more attention on the future of the Franklin Street facility – whether it should be renovated and expanded, or replaced in a new location. That is the subject of a separate st…

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The Krull Park beach in Olcott is back. The Niagara County beach opened for the season on Saturday, after losing all of last summer to high Lake Ontario water levels and the damage caused by the high water. The beach will be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, with lifeguards on duty. Krull Park is a year-round park covering more than 325 acres, with the beach being par…

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A newly formed group – WNY for Grand Island Toll Barrier Removal – has attracted 3,100 Facebook followers in less than a month and just reached its first goal: To garner 1,000 signatures on an online petition calling for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to "tear down the tolls." The next goal will be to raise that to 10,000 signatures, which co-chairman Brian R. Michel of Lewist…

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A multimillion dollar New York state welcome center for tourists is being planned on Grand Island with a prairie-style design, inspired by the historic architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. "I've been telling people 'This is not a rest stop,' " said Grand Island Chamber of Commerce President Eric Fiebelkorn. "Rest stops are nice, but they don't do anything for the communi…

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The City of Tonawanda made plans last year to turn a parking lot into an "intermodal hub," a $1.14 million project to construct a bathroom and rest stop for visitors using the bicycle and walking trails or taking advantage of kayaking, rowing or other activities on the waterways. The 4.5-acre lot between the Tonawanda Towers apartment building and a Walgreens drugstore …

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Niagara Falls is finally getting the message about tourism: Green is good, and it's important to have a nice place to spend the night. After decades of trying to surround one of the natural wonders of the world with hideous shopping malls and hokey water parks, the notion that tourists just might prefer a more natural setting for a natural wonder is finally starting to …

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NIAGARA FALLS – The Festival of Lights used to draw thousands to downtown in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and to its convention center and Winter Garden. Both the convention center and Winter Garden are long gone, and so is the Festival of Lights. But in Niagara Falls, Ontario, the Winter Festival of Lights continues to grow and draw tourists. The Ontario festival says it at…

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NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — Almost a century ago, a huge crowd – estimated at 30,000 – was on hand to see the 90-minute inauguration of the lighting of Niagara Falls. In 1925, a Niagara Falls reporter wrote: "The scene was one of almost incredible grandeur. The falls almost seemed to glow into life under the artistry of the directors of the giant searchlights." [Gallery: N…

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NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. - In old stone building high above the street in Queen Victoria Park, the Illuminations Tower houses rows of spotlights which have lit up the American and Horseshoe Falls since 1925, offering millions of visitors a view of the falls after dark. But the nighttime view of Niagara Falls is about to change dramatically as the lighting technology used mov…

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The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has a starring role in a short new ad for the long-running "I Love NY" campaign. The video, posted to YouTube on Jan. 8, features performer Neil Patrick Harris promoting the cultural highlights of upstate, central and Western New York. Other highlighted locations include Rochester's George Eastman Museum, Schenectady's Proctor's Theatre and t…

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The schedule of meetings of public bodies in Niagara Falls government this week: The City Council will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. Monday to vote on an override of the state tax cap for the 2016 budget. A public hearing will also be held during the meeting in Council Chambers in City Hall, 745 Main St. The Tourism Advisory Board scheduled for Monday has been cancele…