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8 Meet the Niagara Falls Tourism Team 10 Top Reasons to Choose Niagara Falls

22 Planner's Map 30 2012 Canadian Gaming Summit Thunders into Niagara Falls

40 Scotiabank Convention Centre's 2013 Promotion 42 Meeting Space Specs at a Glance

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Words of Welcome Look like a hero with record conference attendance, simply by choosing the “World's Most Famous” address ... Niagara Falls! As a preferred destination, Niagara offers a smorgasbord of entertainment options for your delegates and companion tours. Be it casinos, golf courses, shopping, dining, attractions, waterparks, theatre, or wineries – the list of fun is endless. We also have the recently built Scotiabank Convention Centre, as well as a wide range of meeting spaces and world class accommodations, all connected with our newly implemented WEGO visitor transportation system. Find out why 12 million people chose Niagara Falls as part of their vacation and conference plans, and expect to either arrive early or stay late! Yours to enjoy, Jim Diodati Niagara Falls Mayor

Welcome to the most exciting address on earth for your business events – Niagara Falls awaits you! To complement the naturally glorious beauty of the majestic and powerful Falls, there is – quite literally – “One wonder after another” to discover here in Niagara. We invite your meeting and conference delegates to be inspired by the landscape, challenged and seduced by its offerings, and warmed by her gracious hospitality. 2012 will be forever be earmarked as Niagara Falls’ Year of the Dare Devil, as it hosted several iconic, highly acclaimed, and historical events. From Nik Wallenda’s incredible high-wire walk across the Horseshoe Falls, to Jay Cochrane’s Summer of Skywalks, and the highly anticipated Red Bull Crashed Ice competition, we continue to attract the world's attention time and time again. If Niagara Falls can seamlessly execute the logistics to make these globally renowned events happen, just imagine what we can do for you. Celebrating a wondrous first birthday, the gem of all conventions centres is our very own Scotiabank Convention Centre; recently voted one of the world’s top six new centres. Spectacular in design, unconventional in its purpose, and best-in-class for its service, the SCCN is our reminder and promise that you can be grand and yet still intimate in features and human connection. To maximize and enhance all that your time permits, we encourage your delegates to jump onboard the new state-of-the-art WEGO Bus System; a transportation system linking all four corners of Niagara Falls with accessibility around every corner. Regrettably, it’s impossible to see and do all that Niagara offers in just one trip, yet we’re hoping to give you a fighting chance. As you can see, we’ve been anticipating your arrival and we’re ready to please! Whatever your interests, Niagara Falls Tourism has the professionals to assist with your planning needs. We look forward to hosting you and your guests in Niagara Falls in 2013. Wayne Thomson Chair, Niagara Falls Tourism

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Vittoria Wikston, CMP Director, Business Development

Armed with a vast experience in sales, Vittoria has held her reputation as being one of the best in the industry. Her passion, persistence and determination have not only secured her a successful and rewarding career; but have also driven her to the summit heights of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Everest Base Camp, and – most recently – through the Peruvian Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. As a 28 year veteran of the Hospitality Industry, Vittoria opened the door to industry certification by becoming one of Niagara’s first certified meeting professionals, receiving her certification in 1998. As a contracted consultant, Vittoria was invited to work with the Niagara Falls Tourism Group Sales team in July 2012, which naturally progressed into her current role. In developing outstanding performance teams, she believes that “we’re humans serving humans”; and that through effective communication, trust, collaboration, and dedicated leadership that any obstacle can be overcome and any mountain climbed. Each and every day, Vittoria demonstrates the understanding that “she who wholeheartedly wins the support of her troops; wins the war.” Introduced in the 2012 fiscal year, Vittoria's newly developed position is vitally responsible for managing the sales, marketing, and strategic business development activities of Niagara Falls Tourism Group Sales departments. Broadly, the role continues to support the development and implementation of the Niagara Falls Tourism's mission of generating economic impact for the Niagara Falls destination through generating room nights, convention and group bookings, and visitor spending.

Located in Montreal, Joanne St-Pierre has been supporting the Niagara Falls Tourism team for over 3 years. After 15 years as an association meeting manager, Joanne went to work for Starwood Hotels & Resorts as its global account director, representing 900 hotels around the world. Armed with her in-depth experience in the association market, Joanne develops and delivers marketing and sales initiatives that promote Niagara Falls and the surrounding region as the pre-eminent meetings destination within Canada. She continues to represent Niagara within the association market in Eastern Canada, United States of America, and international markets. Joanne has earned volumes of respect from her fellow peers and industry professionals. She is an endless source of passionate energy and never shies away from volunteering within her MPI and CSAE chapters to enhance the industry’s education platform. Acting as a panel expert, a workshop leader, and event organizer, Joanne walks her talk and believes giving is the beginning to receiving.

Joanne St-Pierre Manager, Meetings, Conventions, & Incentive Travel

Specializing in conventions and corporate meetings, Paula Racher has led the Niagara Falls Tourism team to successfully capitalize on this particular segment. Paula has been part of the team for over 2 years and continues to successfully act as the liaison between Niagara Falls Tourism and corporate clientele. Paula has been a tourism industry professional since 1989, with experience in Kitchener, Toronto, Niagara on the Lake, and Niagara Falls. Paula appreciates the small details that it requires to execute successful and memorable events; and as a result of this personality trait, she’s the first to push herself towards continual self-improvement. She is an active member within her MPI chapter, in which she sits on their Communications Committee; as well as a member of her CSAE Trillium chapter, in which she serves on their winter summit. In her current role, Paula continues to represent Niagara within the conventions and corporate meetings market in Canada, United States of America, and international markets.

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TOP REASONS TO CHOOSE We l c o m e t o N i a g a r a F a l l s ; O n t a r i o ' s natural selection for premier events, inspired getaways, and memorable adventures. Bordered by beauty and o v e r f l o w i n g w i t h a m e n i t i e s , N i a g a r a F a l l s p ro v i d e s t h e p e r f e c t b a l a n c e o f p ro f e s s i o n a l i s m , e x c i t e m e n t , re l a x a t i o n , a n d f u n t o m a k e a n y e v e n t a t h u n d e r i n g success. Situated in the heart of Ontario's scenic Niagara Region, this is truly the destination that has it all. Interested in what “The World's Most Famous” address has to offer? Read on for the top reasons why Niagara Falls deserves to be the top pick on your planning agenda...

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Niagara by the Numbers 16,000:

Number of available guest rooms for Niagara's overnight visitors

For groups of 6 to business events of 1600, Niagara Falls is suited with a vast selection of venues and accommodations to host any function, no matter the size or unique conditions. Simply put: Niagara Falls is flexible. So whether you're planning an exclusive weekend for top brass or a weeklong gala for international delegates, you'll find a space that caters to your event's every whim and exacting requirements. Setting up close to the Falls? Niagara Falls' downtown core is home to a wealth of unique meeting spaces, each equipped with the amenities and highly-trained staff to elevate your event into something extraordinary. What's more, our ultra convenient WEGO visitor transportation system is at your service morning, noon, and night to get your team to where they're going on time and in comfort. Venturing outside city limits? Take a quick detour from downtown Niagara Falls and you'll encounter a vast range of viewtiful venues and hotels; all of which sit on the doorstep of Niagara's awe-inspiring wine region. There's a reason groups from across the globe choose Niagara Falls as their home base. Delivering the utmost in style, flexibility, and productivity; Niagara's venues and hotels cater to all its professional guests with the ideal facilities, the right features, the right benefits, and the right people to achieve the right outcomes!

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Care for a chardonnay with your opening reception? How about an Icewine after the AGM? Thanks to Niagara Falls' proximity to some of North America's most renowned vineyards, you can frame your event against the backdrop of one of the region's many stunning wineries.

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Tucked away in the Niagara Peninsula, JacksonTriggs Niagara Estate is just one of the wineries that dot the Niagara landscape. Here, guests can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Niagara Peninsula, and sample Jackson-Triggs' inventory with behindthe-scenes tours and tastings. Summer guests can also enjoy the outdoor sounds of JacksonTriggs' annual Summer Concert series, featuring top Canadian musicians live on its Niagara Estate Amphitheatre. Elsewhere in wine country, facilities like Inniskillin Estates Winery offer their own savoury selection of tours, tastings, and awe-inspiring conference venues; while heritage wineries like the family-owned Château des Charmes blend history and elegance to provide an ideal atmosphere for weddings, celebrations, and corporate events any time of the year. Over and above their natural ambiance, Niagara's wineries are home to some of the best restaurants in the region. For a meal that won't go unnoticed, book a group dinner at Hillebrand's luxurious Trius Winery Restaurant, led by noted chef Frank Dodd; or sit down to a meal at Peller Estates' Winery Restaurant, backed by celebrated chef and CityLine personality Jason Parsons. The tastes continue at the historic Ravine Vineyard Estate W inery, where the recently expanded production cellars and event space beckons travellers hungry groups of all sizes, and Chef Paul Harber and Chef Ryan Crawford are always waiting to entice locals and out-of-towners alike with an unforgettable dining experience. Thirsty for a nightcap? Niagara's wine region is renowned worldwide for its savoury Icewines. And whether it’s uncorked at its founding location of Inniskillin Winery, or during an atmospheric dinner in the historic cellars of Reif Estates Winery, Niagara's Icewines are the perfect cap to a productive day. With 28 wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and many more throughout the region, it's easy to add a touch of class to your event. Each winery offers their own unique personality, elegance, taste, and views that will astonish. They are the perfect place to conduct business, raise a toast, and brew a few memories. 16  |  


Château des Charmes is unlike any other setting in Canada. Surrounded by romantic rose gardens and our award-winning St. David’s Bench Vineyard, Château des Charmes is an amazing setting for gatherings of all kinds. Our experienced multi-lingual Hospitality team will graciously host your guests for a truly memorable evening. It will be our pleasure to welcome your group to a relaxed and fun environment, where over a glass of fine wine you can connect

with colleagues, share experiences, and escape to the tranquility of Niagara Wine Country. If you would like to add a little excitement we can arrange fireworks, live entertainment and even arrival via helicopter. You imagine it; we will do our utmost to deliver it! Conveniently located minutes from the QEW between Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls.




Foodies, sweet teeth, and snackers take heart. Niagara Falls comes well stocked with a delicious spread of restaurants to suit every taste. Whether your programming calls for a quick and hearty lunch or a full course dinner, there's a whole region of food experts ready to serve your group in style. Need some inspiration? We asked some of the Niagara’s top celebrity chefs who have chosen to call Niagara their home to offer their perspectives and recommendations for making the most of Niagara's culinary scene. vegetables; while in winter, it's a slowbraised dish like pot roast; in spring it's roasted lamb with asparagus and goat cheese; and in summer it's barbecue ribs with fresh salads.

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Why you should try Scotiabank Convention Centre: My connection with the Scotiabank Convention Centre allows me to showcase Niagara to guests who might otherwise not see the region, since they may be at a convention, conference, or in meetings all day. By experiencing Niagara on your plate, you get a sense of the time of year and the produce and preparations that are in season. Favourite Meal: My favourite meal changes with the seasons, but regardless of the time of year, I am a big fan of the "Sunday Supper". In autumn, that means a roasted chicken with pan juices and roasted root 18  |  

Jamie Kennedy

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When I'm not in the kitchen I'm ... At the local farmers' markets and farmgate stands. My advice for planning a “wow” culinary experience: Capture that "sense of place" by planning seasonally coordinated menus. And for a big impact at dessert, consider a dessert table. This allows the guests to choose what they wish – and as much or little as they wish – while gazing upon a spectacle. Desserts make for a showpiece of a display! Alternatively, consider a dessert "reception" after the main course, where guests can mix and mingle in the reception space while hors d'oeuvre-sized desserts are passed around. This is a great way to keep the group together, engaged, and doing business after the formal meal has ended.

Why you should try Windows by Jamie Kennedy: We offer Niagara regional food wine and culture to Niagara Falls, as well as an international tourist destination within the Niagara region. What I enjoy most about working in Niagara Falls: It's an interesting study of a culture and economy that seems separate from what's going on in the region. Favourite Meal: Corned beef and cabbage When I'm not in the kitchen I'm ... On the farm. My advice for planning a “wow” culinary experience: Make sure all the component parts of the experience are genuine, speaking from a Niagara regional perspective.

Why you should try Peller Estates Winery: I believe Peller has become the definitive wine and food destination. My love for finding the perfect balance between farm driven cuisine and Niagara wine has become a passion of mine. This gives our guests an insight as to what the region truly has to offer. What I enjoy most about working in Niagara Falls: There are many great inery Peller Estates W reasons to love working in the Niagara Region. For me, the most inspiring is not only does this area have a great microclimate and create world class wines, it also produces some of the most incredible ingredients for chefs to play with.

Jason Parsons

Favourite Meal: This is tough question. My personal passion is

to source out fresh seasonal ingredients when they are at their prime. So for me, nothing tastes better than the first crop of asparagus, warm tomatoes off the vine, or perfectly tree-ripened peaches. Anything picked at it’s peak is my favourite meal. When I'm not in the kitchen ... I like to travel. There is something about having no agenda and just a route to experience a country’s culture and cuisine. When I can’t get away, I enjoy cycling, which is a great way for me to discover my own part of the world. My advice for planning a “wow” culinary experience: Niagara is a great place to “wow” your clients. No matter what time of year, there is always something going on at Peller Estates. From drinking Icewine Hot Chocolate and roasting Icewine Marshmallows on an open fire in the winter, dining amongst the vines in the summer, or eating a harvest lunch with a whole roasted suckling pig in the fall, wine country is full of unique and regionally inspired culinary experiences.  |  19



Niagara by the Numbers 40: Number of golf courses ready to be teed up

Niagara's natural beauty extends beyond its waterfall and vineyards. In and around the city core, you'll encounter a number of historical and inspiring locations that are perfect for adding a touch of outdoor (and indoor) inspiration to your events and after-hours excursions. From attractions that excite to landmarks that inspire, there's always something new to experience in Niagara Falls! Plan an afternoon exploring every nook and cranny of Niagara's wine country

Journey into the thundering heart of the falls aboard the world famous Maid of the Mist

Whirlpool Golf Course, designed by the legendary golf architect Stanley Thompson, is the perfect place to tee up the ultimate corporate golf tournament.

Visiting in winter? Treat your team to the sights, sounds, tastes, and wonders of Niagara Falls' Winter Festival of Lights

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Come experience our hospitality, then discover our award winning wines. Visit our award-winning wineries and experience the most memorable hospitality in the Niagara Region.

Known around the world for its award winning Icewines, Inniskillin has a proud history as one of Canada’s first estate wineries. We welcome you to come and experience our picturesque settings, fine VQA wines and our customized lunches, dinners, special events, and winery tours year round.

Welcome to one of Canada’s most architecturally stunning wineries, where our passion for wine and culinary excellence is yours to discover. We invite you to savour our award winning wines perfectly paired with seasonal Niagara cuisine staged throughout our 47,000 sq. foot winery during your next special event, winery tour or progressive lunch or dinner experience.

Le Clos Jordanne wines have received critical acclaim since their launch. Our wines are crafted with exacting viticulture practice and are perfected in the cellar combining innovative New World techniques with time honoured Burgundian traditions. Purchase Le Clos Jordanne wines and experience pre-arranged tours and seminars at our sister winery, Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate.

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Niagara falls Region WINERIES


1 Château des Charmes Winery 1025 York Rd., Niagara-on-the-Lake (800) 263-2541





Inniskillin Estates Winery 1499 Line 3, Niagara-on-the-Lake (888) 466-4754 x 5400 2


Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate 2145 Regional Road 55,
Niagara-on-the-Lake (866) 589-4637 3



4 Peller Estates Winery 290 John Street East, Niagara-on-the-Lake (888) 673-5537 5 Trius Winery at Hillebrand
 1249 Niagara Stone Rd.,Niagara-on-the-Lake (800) 582-8412


6 Ravine Vineyard 1366 York Rd., Saint Davids (905) 262-8463


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Reif Estates Winery 15608 Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara-on-the-Lake (905) 468-7738 7

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8 Americana Conference Resort Resort & Spa 8444 Lundy's Lane, Niagara Falls (downtown) (905) 356-8444


Queen’s Landing Inn & Conference Resort 155 Byron Niagara-on-the-Lake (888) 669-5566 9

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White Oaks Conference Resort & Spa 253 Taylor Rd., Niagara-on-the-Lake (800) 263-5766 10


13 ENTERTAINMENT/ATTRACTIONS 11 Butterfly Conservatory 2405 Niagara Pkwy., Niagara Falls (877) 642-7275


12 Canada ONE Factory Outlets 7500 Lundy's Lane, Niagara Falls (downtown) (905) 356-8989 13 Elements on the Falls 6650 Niagara Pkwy., Niagara Falls (905) 354-3631

Legends on the Niagara Golf Course 9172 Willoughby Dr., Niagara Falls (866) GOLF NIA (465-3642) 14

Niagara Helicopters 3731 Victoria Ave., Niagara Falls (905) 357-5672 15

16 Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show! 8585 Lundy's Lane, Niagara Falls (downtown) (800) 467-2071

Shaw Festival Theatre 10 Queens Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake (800) 511-SHAW (7429) 17

Whirlpool Golf Course 3850 Niagara Pkwy., Niagara Falls (Whirlpool Aero Car) (866) GOLF NIA (465-3642) 18

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours 19 61 Melville St., Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Naturally Accessible


Niagara District Airport 468 Niagara Stone Rd., Niagara-on-the-Lake (905) 684-7447

Whether you're coming in from across the province, across the border, or across the pond, there's many ways to make it to Niagara Falls' doorstep.

21 Niagara Falls VIA Station Rail 4267 Bridge Street, Niagara Falls

By Plane: Niagara Falls is a 90-minute transfer from the Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YYZ), a 45-minute transfer from the Hamilton International Airport (YHM), and a 30-minute ride from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BNIA). By Train: Niagara Falls is reachable by daily VIA Rail service, with connections to Ontario, Quebec, and New York. By Automobile: Three international bridges connect Niagara Falls to the US, with major highways connecting Canadian visitors to all major transportation hubs. By GO TRANSIT: Ontario's inter-regional transit service offers train and bus service between Toronto and Niagara Falls during peak season, with connections to major Ontario stops.

Niagara District and Fallsview Core HOTELS / VENUES Best Western Plus Cairn Croft 6400 Lundy's Lane (800) 263-2551 22

Casino Niagara 5705 Falls Avenue (888) 946-3255 23

The Courtyard by Marriott 5950 Victoria Avenue (800) 771-1123 24

DoubleTree Fallsview Resort and Spa by Hilton 6039 Fallsview Blvd. (800) 730-8609 25

Embassy Suites by Hilton 6700 Fallsview Blvd. (800) 420-6980 26

Fallsview Casino Resort 6380 Fallsview Blvd. (888) 325-5788 27

28 Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview 6455 Fallsview Blvd. (888) 238-9190

Hilton Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls / Watermark Restaurant / Brasa Brazilian Steak House 6361 Fallsview Blvd (888) 370-0325 29

30 Marriott Gateway on the Falls 6755 Fallsview Blvd. (800) 618-9059 31 Radisson Hotel & Suites Fallsview 6733 Fallsview Blvd. (800) 395-7046 32 Scotiabank Convention Centre 6815 Stanley Ave. (888) 997-6222 33 Sheraton on the Falls / Windows by Jamie Kennedy restaurant 5875 Falls Ave. (888) 229-9961 34 Wyndham Garden Fallsview 6170 Stanley Ave. (877) 999-3223



Bird Kingdom 5651 River Rd. (866) 994-0090

43 Dragonfly Nightclub 6380 Fallsview Boulevard


44 Hard Rock Night Club 5705 Falls Ave. (905) 356-7625

Greg Frewin Dinner Theatre 5781 Ellen Ave. (866) 870-3002 36

45 Margaritaville 6300 Fallsview Blvd. (905) 354-1245

Journey Behind the Falls 6650 Niagara Parkway (905) 354-1551 37

46 Rumours Night Club 4960 Clifton Hill (905) 358-6152

Maid of the Mist 5920 River Rd. (905) 358-5781 38

39 Niagara Falls History Museum 5810 Ferry St. (905) 358-5082 40 Niagara SkyWheel (905) 358-4793 41 Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra 5685 Falls Ave. (905) 374-4447 42 Skylon Tower 5200 Robinson St. (888) 9-Skylon (759566)


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Experience the pull of the rapids, the exhilaration of flight, the thrill of a winning hand, or an unforgettable evening with friends and colleagues. There's a reason why fun-seekers and dare-devils flock to Niagara Falls every year. Within the city and beyond lies many opportunities for adventure and entertainment that can turn ordinary get-togethers into extraordinary memories. 24  |  

For a spot that caters to the youthful spirit, Niagara Falls' world famous Clifton Hill delivers fun in spades with restaurants, arcades, gift shops, wax museums, and one-of-a-kind attractions that make any day come alive. Compare heights with the world's tallest man at the Guinness World Records Museum or play for prizes at the Great Canadian Midway. Give your putting a glow at Galaxy Golf, ride Niagara’s 175foot high SkyWheel, or get your heart racing at the spine-chilling House of Frankenstein. W ith something to do, see, and soak in at every turn, Clifton Hill is where playful adventures live. Hungry for live entertainment? Enjoy a night of home-cooked laughs at the Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show, a celebration o f C a na di an m us ic st ar r in g i nt er a ct iv e performances, genuine canuck cuisine, and all the Great White North references you can shake a hockey stick at. For a taste of the mystical, book a table at the Greg Frewin Dinner Theatre for a magic review show starring the International Champion of Magic Himself, Greg Frewin. Niagara-on-the-Lake is also home to the famous Shaw Festival Theatre, where culture vultures can enjoy live performances based on – and inspired by – the legendary works of playwright Bernard Shaw. Craving adventure? Niagara Falls isn't renowned for attracting daredevils for nothing. Lift your team up for an unparalleled view of the region in a Niagara Helicopters tour or treat them to an extreme team-building session with a trek through the Niagara Glen. Your guests will also forge bonds and memories while braving a classified six white water adventure with Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours. And, if it’s the rush of the casino floor they're after, spend a day or evening on the casino floors at Fallsview Casino Resort and Casino Niagara, both of which offer non-stop entertainment for gamers and non-gamblers alike. Just because you're in Niagara Falls for business, doesn't mean you can't cut loose. With exhilarating activities and attractions around every corner, how you choose to leave an impression is up to you.  |  25



Niagara by the Numbers 12,000,000: Number of annual tourists who make Niagara Falls their destination

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It's the shake of a hand. The pulse of a beat. It's a round of refreshments after a long day of meetings, or a night of cutting loose. When you leave your networking and social functions t o N i a g a r a F a l l s , y o u ' re o p e n i n g your group to a night of exciting opportunities. Niagara's nightlife has something for everyone, from the island vibe of Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville to the allnight sophisticated party atmosphere at the city’s most popular Dragonfly Nightclub. Clifton Hill also hosts its own beat-thumping headquarters at Rumours Nightclub, while the Centre Street Bar District spices up the night with local bands and ground level clubbing experiences. Not to be underestimated, Niagara's hotels also boast their own nightlife experiences.

F o r a n e x c l u s i v e a f t e r- h o u r s g e t together with style, try Fallsview Casino's R5 lounge, featuring a chic and contemporary atmosphere and one of the city's most exotic cocktail menus. Dance. Laugh. Play. Whether you're spicing up your event with a round of cocktails, or adding some class to your after-hours agenda, Niagara is always ready for a good time.


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Niagara Falls Tourism's (NFT) certified professionals are ready and eager to make your Niagara Falls event a success by putting you in contact with all that the Niagara region has to offer and going the extra mile to ensure your plans go off without a hitch.

How can we help? Niagara Falls Tourism’s conference and event services include: Event Bid Assistance Your NFT Team will not only help you with all the paperwork that accompanies your bid, but we'll also assist you with your official bid presentation – bells and whistles included! Convention Development Funds and Tax Rebates Where possible, NFT will assist with championing on your behalf for Convention Development Funding, as well connecting all international events with the right agencies to take advantage of available tax rebates. Site Selection Simplified Based on your requirements, the NFT team will ensure you're matched with the best options available, saving you both time and money. We'll handle all the coordination; all you have to do is show up!

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Accommodation and Meeting Coordination Acting as an extension of your planning Team, the NFT's event experts can assist in securing your accommodations, meeting and banquet space, and ensure seamless coordination with your selected venues. Online Attendee Housing Module NFT clients have exclusive access to the use of our internal Attendee Housing System. A dedicated event webpage will also be created, offering your delegates a secured username and passcode and giving them direct online access to the available accommodations. As a special bonus, event planners are also granted personalized administration access for customized performance reports. Immediate Links to Industry Suppliers Let NFT connect you to the key players that will make a perfect match for your event.

Program Agenda Development Let NFT inject some of our regional flair into your program agenda. What to see, what to do, and where to eat ... the list is endless. Pre-Event Promotional Materials NFT understands how important it is to attract as many delegates as possible to your events and do so on a timely basis. NFT can assist with its readily available marketing tools, including Niagara Falls and regional images, lure brochures, promo videos, and post-cards and posters. Delegate Promotional Gifts NFT d o e s a c o n s i d e r a b l e a m o u n t o f bulk buying on their client’s behalf for promotional give-away gifts / souvenirs. And, as a special thank you for selecting Niagara Falls as your destination of choice, you can be certain that our preferred suppliers will gladly pass the savings onto your event. Delegate | Attendee Welcome Bags Welcome your attendees with our Niagara Falls “Delegate Welcome Bag”, chock-full of valuable Niagara Super-Saver coupons, a city map, and shopping and dining guides. Please be certain to provide ample assembly time (3 weeks would be greatly appreciated).


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The 2012 Canadian Gaming Summit Thunders into Niagara Falls In June 2012, the makers and shakers of the Canadian and US gaming industry descended on Niagara Falls for the 16th Annual Canadian Gaming Summit. Hosted by MediaEdge Communications and the Canadian Gaming Association, the yearly gala united over 1000 gaming delegates from across North America to shake hands, trade insights, showcase businesses, and soak up the natural excitement of one of the country's premier meeting destinations. “The OLG and Fallsview Casino Resort were both extremely supportive of bringing the Summit to Niagara Falls,” says Chris Torry, Operation Manager with MediaEdge. “Every year we base our city selection on input from our partners at the Canadian Gaming Association; interest from the provincial lottery corporation; proximity to gaming facilities and their interest, support and participation in the event; and a city's venue offerings and ability to host this multi-faceted event. Niagara Falls met all of these conditions and more, and all of the venues that we worked with were top-notch from selection to planning and execution.” The summit swung into full gear on Monday, June 11th, with the traditional Canadian Gaming Summit Golf Classic at the Whirlpool Golf Course. Here, gamers enjoyed eighteen holes on one of golf course architect Stanley Thompson's most celebrated creations against the backdrop of the Niagara River Whirlpool and Gorge. Fresh from their day on the links, the players traded tees and turf for a great view and good company at the Summit's official welcoming ceremony at the Elements on the Falls, situated at the upper level of the scenic Table Rock Welcome Centre. Nearly 400 attended the welcoming event, which included cocktails, appetizers, and an unparalleled view of Niagara's star attraction. The night concluded with an after-party at the colourful Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville, where delegates slipped into island mode for a night of live music, tasty eats, and relaxed conversation with colleagues new and old. “Our guests really enjoyed all the social elements of the Summit,” says Bill Rutsey, President of the Canadian Gaming Association, co-owners with MediaEdge of the Summit. “The off-site venues, Elements on the Falls, and Margaritaville were great party venues that allowed people to mix, mingle, socialize, and have fun.” With their opening night behind them, summit attendees hopped aboard the continuous shuttles on Tuesday morning to partake in two full days of keynote addresses, industry sessions, round tables, and catered 30  |  


MEETING NEEDS. EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS Just 30 minutes from Buffalo and 90 minutes from Toronto, it’s easily accessible. The hotels offer 4,366 square metres/47,000 square feet of combined meeting space, with versatile venues that can accommodate small meetings, as well as large conferences. There are more than 1,300 guest rooms between the two hotels. Our attentive staff assist you with every detail, and extend the kind of hospitality that makes each guest feel truly special. Enjoy one of the largest gaming floors in the world at Fallsview Casino Resort. Hilton Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls and Fallsview Casino Resort are your Convention Connection, conveniently attached by an enclosed, climate controlled walkway. INFORMATION Fallsview Casino Resort Annette Bennitz: 1.905.371.7740 or

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luncheons at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. This state-of-the-art venue proved to be an ideal headquarters for the event's main programming, offering attendees a wealth of meeting spaces in which to talk shop and get down to business. The Scotiabank Convention Centre was also home to the jewel of CGA's annual event: The Canadian Gaming Summit Exhibition. The massive tradeshow featured booths and exhibitors from all corners of the industry spread over the Centre's 81,140 sp. ft. Exhibit Hall; and included hot buffet lunches and breakfasts care of Scotiabank Convention Centre's attentive staff. “The Scotiabank Convention Centre was the perfect size and configuration for the Summit, offering sufficient floor space for the exhibition, large ballrooms for plenary sessions and meals, and enough breakout and meeting rooms for the extensive education program,” says Torry. “It had been open for just over a year when the Summit was held there and everything ran smoothly as if they'd been in business for years.” By Wednesday, it was time to send the 2012 Summit off in style during the Annual Awards Reception and Charity Gala at the lavish Fallsview Casino Resort. Here, guests mingled for afternoon cocktails before finding their seat inside the casino's spacious Grand Hall. The evening featured multi-media presentations for both the Canadian Gaming Industry Awards and the 3rd Annual First Nation Canadian Gaming Awards; during which time guests enjoyed a seated, four-course meal prepared to perfection by Fallsview Casino's extraordinary chefs. Reflecting on both of the Summit's main venues, Rutsey recalls, “The Scotiabank Convention Centre was ideal for all conference elements, from the keynotes, plenary sessions, presentations, panels, trade show floor, and on-site dining. Fallsview Casino Resort ballroom and the 21 Club were both the right size to host awards gala dinner and after party. The food and beverage service was outstanding at both events.” The Summit dinner was visited by John, Paul, George, Ringo – or rather, their convincing stand-ins – in the award winning tribute act, “Stars of Beatlemania”. Later, the party continued upstairs at the private Chairman's Reception in the elegant and trendy 21 Club, providing a stylish cap to a successful industry event. “Everyone loved the 2012 Summit,” says Chuck Nervick, Senior Vice President at MediaEdge, a co-owner of the annual Canadian Gaming Summit. “Beyond the excellent program we put together for attending delegates, Niagara Falls was a destination that many delegates work in and are close to, and one in which many suppliers and sponsors are active. It was a perfect choice and the feedback has been great with respect to the region.” Reflecting on the allure of Niagara Falls on a whole, Nervick adds, “We had not ran an event in Niagara Falls before 2012 and were pleasantly surprised at what the region had to offer. There are plenty of event options at varying price points and areas of attractiveness that only certain cities such as Niagara Falls can offer. I would consider Niagara Falls a true meeting destination offering multiple options for any type of event. The staff we dealt with were top notch and helped make our event one of the smoothest Summits we've done to date. I would encourage all meeting planners to take a look at Niagara Falls as it has a ton to offer and is a great place to hold an event.”

“Niagara Falls had all the physical elements we need, the casinos, clubs and restaurants, more than sufficient hotel availability at all price-points, all backed by the sheer physical beauty of the Falls.” - Bill Rutsey, President of CGA 32  |  

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Every year, planners and coordinators from across Canada make Niagara Falls their pick, bringing hundreds of world class meetings and events to the Niagara region. Here is what some of them had to say about their experiences...

Joe Nishi & Jennifer Glynn Partners, Meeting Encore Ltd. Event: Meeting Encore Client Event (June 2011) Venue: Peller Estates Winery Attendance: 25 “The venue was perfect as we did a lunch time 'dine around' throughout the grounds of Peller Estates Winery. At each station we sipped the wines from that particular area of the winery and savoured gourmet foods from Chef Parsons. It was an amazing afternoon networking with our clients and Niagara Falls partners. Looking back, I would absolutely recommend Niagara Falls to other planners. The indoor and outdoor activity options for groups are fantastic, the meeting venues are numerous and in great condition, and – best of all – like the team at Peller, the service and hospitality in Niagara Falls is top notch. You really feel like you're getting away from the office without having to travel a super long distance.”

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Glenna Cairnie Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention Coordinator Event: Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention (February 2012) Canadian Greenhouse Conference (October 2012) Venue: Scotiabank Convention Centre Attendance: Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention: Approx. 2500 Canadian Greenhouse Conference: Approx. 1700 “The Scotiabank Convention Centre allowed both events to grow their trade show components with their large exhibit hall. The meeting space was also good for both events. Both events experienced an increase in attendance over previous years which we attributed to the ability to increase the size and content of our trade show and the area of Niagara Falls as a destination. Attendees and exhibitors appreciate the variety of restaurants and other activities that Niagara Falls has to offer. It encourages attendees to bring family and use the conferences as a reason for a get-a-way. As a conference coordinator, I liked the variety of hotels and price points available to our guests. I would absolutely recommend Niagara Falls to other planners.�


Reactions Don Chapman Senior Conference Co nsultant, Manulife Fin ancial Event: Manulife Finan cial Educational Forum Venue: Chocolate FX , Niagara-on-the-Lake (May 2012) Attendance: Approx. 150

“C ho co lat e FX wa s an un iqu e ven ue wh ich all ow ed us to co on fun wit h an un iqu mb ine ha nd s e din ing ex pe rie nc e. Gu est s we re ab le to ow n cho co lat es as tak ma ke the ir e ho me gif ts (alo ng wit h sam pli ng som e along) and we worked as the y we nt with great area chefs to create a 'chocolate me nu . Th e en tire eve influenced' nin g wa s fun , int era cti ve, ed uca tio na l, an d at Chocolate FX were tas ty! Sta ff knowledgeable and pa ssionate about their an d ea sy to wo rk wit profession h, an d op en to cu sto mi zin g the en tire ex meet our program ob pe rie nc e to jectives.”

Brian Draves Conference Chair, Canadian Tire Event: 2012 Canadian Tire Dealer's Association Convention Gala Evening (Sept 2012) Venue: Fallsview Casino Resort Attendance: 620

“Fallsview Casino Resort went out of their way to make certain that everything happened exactly as we had envisioned. Everything went just perfect. We had the right amount of servers, there were no hitches, and everything flowed really, really well. Serving 620 people is a feat in and of itself. The quality of the food and the quality of the people I dealt with at the casino were second to none. It was absolutely top drawer – everything was superb.”

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Andrea McMullen Vice President, Opera tions ACT Canada Event: Cardware 201 2: Payment Insights
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“Marriott Gateway on the Falls provided exc eptional service and our event. The staff en value for sured that our event was properly planned smoothly and that ou out, ran r guests were treated well. Overall, I would Niagara Falls to fellow recommend planners as it offers firs t class facilities at rea rat es. Th e cit y off ers sonable a var iet y of en ter tai nm en t op tio ns for yo after hours. The proxim ur gu est s ity to both the Toron to and Buffalo airports it an easy destination makes to get to for our Cana dian and American de legates.”


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Scotiabank Convention Centre announces new promotion for 2013 The sales team at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls is going all out to introduce the centre's 150,000-plus square feet of functional and flexible meeting space to professional planners everywhere. Along with a concentrated effort to reach every client who can possibly benefit from one of Canada's newest, most eco-friendly convention and meeting facilities, the creative and unconventional sales team has added another tool to their kit. New for 2013, the Scotiabank Convention Centre has announced a promotion whereby qualifying conferences and conventions can qualify to enjoy at least $10,000 in meeting room rental rebates. Conventions with meeting and meal requirements using local hotels may also qualify. "We know there are associations and companies whose annual meetings have outgrown most hotels and are looking to break away from the same old, same old,” says Jeremy Tyrrell, Director of Sales at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, adding, “We've met them, we've hosted them, and we've heard that they don't need much convincing to return. In fact, they’re happy to return to the Scotiabank Convention Centre and Niagara Falls. This convention development fund is targeted at those who need an extra reason to try us out for the first time. It's a great deal. Our convention team, our hotel partners, and our area attractions are standing by to welcome the many delegates this offer is going to attract to our region." To l e a r n m o re a b o u t t h i s a n d o t h e r s p e c i a l o ff e r s a t t h e S c o t i a b a n k Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, please contact: Jeremy Tyrrell, Director of Sales at: (888) 997-6222 or email:

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