buffalo-niagara tourism

A statewide tourism group that lobbies on behalf of businesses within the industry is calling on legislators to enact regulations which put what it calls 'illegal hotels' on a level playing field with hotels, motels, bed-and-breakfast establishments and similar businesses.

The New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association is pointing to online services, naming the website Airbnb as a specific example, which link travelers to private owner-occupiers who rent spaces for short-term stays. These include rooms, apartments, or private homes.

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The Maid of the Mist tour boats have been working out of the American side of Niagara Falls for 167 years. Development has just resumed on the operation’s new maintenance dock, after delays caused by local opposition.

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In an effort to boost tourism - a new Visitors Center has opened at the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport.

Western New York is already a popular destination for Canadian shoppers, but local tourism officials believe the region has greater potential.

Visit Buffalo Niagara President and CEO Dotty Gallagher-Cohen says a new study was designed to show local businesses who their Canadian customers really are.

"What we hope to do is take what's happening organically and devise some strategies to increase the frequencies and the lengths of stay of people who come here," Gallagher-Cohen said.