Niagara Gazette

Tourism

March 16, 2009

NTCC: City tourism board moving to cut agency’s annual funding

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“Their check comes whether they’re doing a good job or a bad job,” he said.

Tourism board member Denise Easterling said more of NTCC’s promotions should focus on the Cataract City, regardless of the annual financial contribution.

“It’s not even about the money, the falls is the attraction,” Easterling said.

Percy has repeatedly said the agency’s main focus has always been Niagara Falls and the majority of advertising and promotion are done within a 350-mile radius. He has said the tourism board’s complaint is without merit and detail but he is willing to discuss the concerns.

If money cannot be withheld from NTCC, Fruscione said he would like the city to consider breaking the contract, which is renewable annually and can be terminated by any party with six months notice.

In addition to his discussion with Percy on Wednesday, Fruscione also is planning to meet with the Niagara Falls Hotel Association to gain support for the city keeping a portion of the NTCC funding and using it to fix roads.

Frank Strangio, president of the association and owner of the Quality Inn on Niagara Falls Boulevard, agrees city streets need to be fixed, but not at the expense of marketing and promotion. He doesn’t believe the condition of the streets is keeping tourists away.

“If you’re not out there marketing, it’s not going to matter if you have pristine streets,” he said.

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