Niagara Gazette

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December 9, 2012

Tour-boat companies prepare to share river

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Niagara Gazette — “As the largest ferry operator in New York and the U.S., we are pleased that the state will be benefitting from additional revenue, however the only way to ensure that the state will truly benefit is to open the process to transparent and competitive bidding,” said Hornblower chief executive officer Terry MacRae.

Maid of the Mist did not specifically answer questions about whether they foresee a problem sharing the Niagara River with Hornblower. Instead, company president Christopher Glynn said in an e-mail statement he is grateful to Cuomo for “his role in saving the Maid of the Mist.

“We are currently focusing our energies on preparing the site on the American side for construction of a new dry dock and other facilities. At the same time, our plans for the 2013 Maid of the Mist season on both sides of the border are well under way,” said Glynn.

“In 2014, visitors to Niagara Falls can be assured that the legendary boat ride, known as the Maid of the Mist, plans to continue to operate under the same schedule it has for many decades, providing a safe and memorable experience for generations to come.”

State Parks spokesman Dan Keefe said he doesn’t anticipate a problem with having two companies using a small section of the river.

Neither does NPC chairwoman Janice Thomson.

“I’m sure the operators will work something out,” she said, adding both companies have a world-class reputation in the tour-boat business.

Hornblower plans to start seasonal operations on the Canadian side of the Niagara River in April 2014.

Maid of the Mist will provide the service until then.

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