Business View Civil Municipal - July 2023

198 CIVIL AND MUNICIPAL VOLUME 4, ISSUE 7 of that is U.S. visitation. Now that is about half of what it used to be. The focus now is how we get the Americans to come back and how we get the international tourists to come back again. We’ve got a lot of plans and a lot of ideas. Now that tourists are able to cross the borders, now that we don’t have any more issues, I’ve been speaking with our provincial and federal tourism ministers around the idea of doing a grand re-opening of Canada. And I suggest we do that right here in Niagara Falls. We can cut a big ribbon and have the premier and the prime minister here and back it up with a major marketing campaign to the international markets to let them know we are open for business, and we can roll out that red carpet once again. The good news is we are well on our way. Tourism is rebounding in a big way. We just need to focus on the international piece. “We are looking at special events,” Diodati continued, “and all these big events that bring people in here. Now Niagara Falls is the host to SAVE UP TO 53% ON NIAGARA’S MOST POPULAR ATTRACTIONS LEARN MORE AND BUY ONLINE AT NIAGARAPARKS.COM