Published on : Saturday, July 1, 2017
New measures are being undertaken to boost tourism in Niagara Falls by building more attractions for visitors. These measures differ from others because they would seek to target certain types of development in a specific area, and funding decisions will be made locally.
NYS Senator Robert Ortt said, “One of the things I heard over and over again was the lack of — or the feeling of a lack of — private investment activity in and around the immediate area where the casino is.” Money from the Niagara Falls Economic Development Fund will be used to build attractions for visitors to enjoy near the casino.
“This is so that when the visitors come and walk out of the park they have more restaurants, attractions and things to go to,” said NYS Assemblyman Angelo Morinello.
Hotel projects are not eligible, according to Steve Brady of the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency, which will administer the funds and award the grants.
Brady said, “People don’t come to a tourist area like this for the hotels. The hotels are there to support the other things that are here, and we want this funding to create more of the attractions that will draw people to Niagara Falls, who will then fill those hotels.”
However, according to Ortt, if a hotel owner would like to add an attraction onto their property besides additional rooms, which is open to others besides their guests, they would be eligible to apply for funding.
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