Monthly Archives: June 2014

Niagara Falls Celebrates Final Phase of New International Railway Station and Intermodal Transportation Center

Niagara Falls is getting ready for its brand new International Railway Station and Intermodal Transportation Center! WIVB reported that last week U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer was on hand with local officials in Niagara Falls to celebrate the final phase of the new train station’s construction with a ceremonial groundbreaking.

City officials say construction at the site of the 19th-century U.S. Customhouse, a registered national historic place, will take between 18 and 24 months to complete. When it’s finished, the transportation center will include a $25 million facility that will serve as an Amtrak terminal as well as an inspection site for Homeland Security.

In the WIVB video, one transportation official says, “The passenger rail will now be a more accessible and more competitive option that will improve the transportation and tourism infrastructure of Niagara Falls.”

GMS is very excited for business travelers and the people of Niagara Falls and nearby Toronto!

Niagara Falls at a Glance

With more than 22 million visitors every year, Niagara Falls is one of the top tourist attractions in the world. This new transportation system will give tourists and locals the ability to easily travel around Niagara Falls while reaching across Canada and the United States. Apart from the majestic Falls, you won’t want to miss the Niagara Wine Trail. With the unique vineyard conditions offered by the Niagara climate, these Niagara wineries offer fine and diverse selections for all tastes. The city also offers the chance to explore various aquariums, museums, and theaters.

Toronto at a Glance

And just across the border is Toronto, Canada’s largest city, which welcomes more than 21 million visitors every year and is also the fourth-largest city in North America. Toronto is home to the CN Tower, one of the tallest buildings in the world. Standing at 1,815 feet, it’s sure to take your breath away. There’s also Canada’s majestic castle, Casa Loma; world-class shopping at Holt Renfrew; the beautiful Toronto Islands–and so much more.

Stay tuned for more ways to explore Niagara Falls and Toronto!

 

For Summer Travel and Convenience, Chicago Tops the List

WalletHub has taken a close look at how U.S. cities stack up when it comes to summer travel. For anyone who has visited the Windy City, it should come as no surprise that Chicago occupies the top spot.

Chicago ranks first in Best International Departure Ranking, fifth in Best Domestic Departure Ranking, and first in Overall Departure Point Ranking.

WalletHub describes their methodology like this:

WalletHub analyzed flights listed on Kayak.com from the 50 largest metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) in the United States to the 8 most popular domestic and 10 most popular international destinations, using July 12 as the departure date and July 20 as the return date.  We compared airfare costs, flight times, and the number of connections for each in order to determine:

  • Which departure points offer the best combination of inexpensive flights and short travel times to the most popular destinations; and
  • Which destinations are the most accessible – both logistically and financially – for U.S. travelers across the 50 largest metro areas.

What’s amazing is that Chicago ranked #1 without having to rely on its staggering number of incredible summer events or even the many industry conventions and corporate meetings it hosts all year, every year.

Read the full report from WalletHub here.