Marketing efforts that some have as described as more intense and strategic are being partially credited for a banner tourism season in Niagara Falls.

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A ceremonial groundbreaking was held Monday morning on the site of a future hotel at Batavia Downs Gaming, where business leaders are hailing Genesee County's growing tourism industry.

Visit Buffalo Niagara has created a new campaign called “Bring It Home Buffalo” which focuses on the three Rs. Not reduce, reuse, recycle but rather revitalization, rebirth and resurgence.

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It has been a good tourism year for Niagara Falls, New York. Now, there are some changes in the works on that decades-long quest to keep people for more hours and more days.

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New York State has added to its tourism strategy. On Saturday, Governor Cuomo announced the groundbreaking of the new National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York.

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The heart of Buffalo's African American Heritage district is hoping to take advantage of the city's growing tourist appeal.

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More folks are visiting Niagara Falls and other parts of Niagara County.

When it comes to picking the best and worst cities for summer travel, one website gives Buffalo a low rating.

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Summer is peak tourism season in Western New York and an aggressive effort is now underway to attract more visitors to the region.

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Officials from Visit Buffalo Niagara, the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center and several area hotels are in Albany this week to promote Buffalo to those making decisions about where to hold meetings, conventions and sporting events.

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Visit Buffalo Niagara, Western New York's primary tourism agency, opened its new downtown visitor center Tuesday, right in the heart of Lafayette Square.

Redevelopment of Richardson Olmsted Complex begins

Oct 10, 2014
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The first phase of the Richardson Olmsted Complex reuse effort kicked off in Buffalo Friday. The $69 million project will consist of an 88 room hotel, a 300-plus seat conference and event center, and the Buffalo Architecture Center when complete.

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Plans to turn a historic section of Buffalo's East Side into a tourist destination received a shot in the arm Thursday when Lt. Governor Robert Duffy presented a ceremonial $250,000 check to the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission.

With the school year now officially over, the summer vacation season is underway.  Governor Andrew Cuomo is hoping New Yorkers will spend their vacations enjoying some of the attractions the state has to offer.

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The Seneca Gaming Corporation is making a significant financial commitment to help promote local tourism by providing $3 million in funding to Visit Buffalo Niagara.

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After a national search, Visit Buffalo Niagara has named Patrick Kaler its new President and Chief Executive Officer.

Press Pass: Time to strengthen tourism

Oct 28, 2013
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Major development projects are underway in Buffalo and in Niagara Falls. In this week's Press Pass conversation, WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer discuss how economic development could spur tourism in the Cataract City.

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For Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, this might be a golden time for the hotel business in his city and a potential shot in the arm for employment.

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Restoration efforts continue for Buffalo’s historic Central Terminal. The plans focus on bringing life back to the large train station while boosting cultural tourism in the area.

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A bill to expand the “Niagara Wine Trail” is awaiting approval from Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Once the legislation is passed into law it’s expected to provide a boost to upstate New York tourism.

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The City of Niagara Falls is set to receive a lump sum of $89 million after the settlement of a long-standing dispute between New York State and the Seneca Nation over gambling revenues.

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Chinese tourists are traveling the world and visiting Niagara Falls, Ontario, but they're not spending a lot of time in the Canadian Cataract City. Now, there is a push on to change that.

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The federal government is launching a new campaign to draw more international visitors to the region.

Grain elevator light show expected to boost tourism

May 8, 2013
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The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation gave the go-ahead, Wednesday to fund a lighting display that it hopes will generate tourist traffic to Buffalo.

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Members of the Bi-National Alliance are launching a new marketing plan to boost tourism on both sides of the Niagara River. The plan includes the branding of a new destination: the 'Buffalo Brewery District.'

Press Pass: Visitor-friendly Buffalo

Sep 17, 2012
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Efforts are underway to boost tourism through projects to make Buffalo more visitor-friendly. 

In this week's Press Pass conversation WBFO & AM-970's Eileen Buckley talks with Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer, who has been focusing on the issue.

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Niagara Falls, N.Y. sees Nik Wallenda’s Friday night wirewalk as its best chance in decades to revive tourism and spark economic development.

But measuring Wallenda’s long-term impact may be tough - assuming there’s an impact at all.

“Part of our mystique”

The Daredevil Museum in Niagara Falls, N.Y. is a shrine to those who have tried to conquer the natural wonder.

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Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda concludes his public practices Tuesday in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Over the last week, Wallenda has invited spectators to watch him prepare for his June 15 wirewalk over Horseshoe Falls.

But almost a month before the main event, Wallenda's presence is already inspiring an eclectic atmosphere in this hard scrabble city of 50,000.

"Great for the city"