New plan to be proposed to revive local tourism welcome centre

April 8, 2017 by  

A group of concerned residents have negotiated a plan to keep the Niagara Gateway welcome centre operating for another five years.

Brian Purdy will present a plan to keep the tourism facility open for another five years at the regional council meeting on April 27. Purdy represents a group of dedicated neighbors who see the importance of providing visitors information at the Niagara Gateway. The location often serves as the first stop for tourists vacationing in the Niagara region, including St. Catharines and Niagara Falls.

Purdy will ask the regional council to budget for $71,000 per year, on a five-year plan, for the operation of the welcome centre. In prior years, the tourism kiosk has been substantially more expensive to operate.

Purdy was able to renegotiate the rental fees charged by the Niagara Gateway for the kiosk’s space. The previous rental agreement included a yearly rent cheque of $80,000. As long as the region commits to a five year contract before the end of April, the rent will be reduced to $12,000 per year.

The detailed plan includes using the $71,000 yearly budget to pay for the kiosk’s rent bill, a manager and staff, and marketing services.

An additional request will be for an extra $15,000 to spruce up the space and upgrade the website’s appearance and functionality.

The brochures and catalogs, provided free of charge to tourists, include pertinent information on popular tourist attractions, like local winery tours and scenic bicycle and driving routes.