Fourth of July tourism figures from Niagara Falls are like fireworks. Niagara Falls State Park is reporting a 19 percent jump in revenues. Attendance at Old Fort Niagara is up by 1,000 visitors compared to last year. Whirlpool Jet Boat says business is up 25 percent. The Lewiston, N.Y. location went from 5 percent to 50 percent of total sales for the jet boat. The Hard Rock Café's Saturday concert drew record crowds over the holiday weekend. The Niagara Tourism & convention Corp. says about half of the holiday visitors came from Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York, with 16 percent from New Jersey and Indiana.
Now Niagara Falls is looking to revive its title as honeymoon capital of the world, as it markets itself to gay and lesbian couples who can now marry under New York's new Marriage Equality Act.
A report in this week's Business First looks at Buffalo's festival season and what it means for area companies. More than 100 vendors took part in the Italian Festival that wrapped up last night. Vendors say the festivals are critical to attracting residual business throughout the year.