Niagara Falls Mayor will finally see Yankee bucks in his tourist town starting Monday

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Published August 6, 2021 at 7:37 pm

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Expect at least one Niagara Region Mayor to be thrilled when Pearson International Airport in Mississauga starts receiving fully-vaccinated America travelers as of Monday (August 9).

Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati has long been calling for relaxed border restrictions, knowing the kind of cash American visitors bring to his border tourist city.

With the American dollar worth about $1.30 Canadian, prior to the pandemic, Americans regularly poured north of the 49th Parallel knowing they could get far more bang for their Yankee Buck.

And Niagara Falls has always been one of Canada’s biggest beneficiaries of the American cash influx, which can often mean more than 30 per cent of the city’s businesses’ annual income.

With both casinos – Casino Niagara as Fallsview Resort and Casino – open and running at 50 per cent capacity, as well as literally dozens of family-friendly attractions, American visitors might find admission to the city’s popular tourist traps a little more bogged down, however.

New York State dropped all their COVID-19 restrictions at the beginning of May so things have been a little more free-and-easy south of the border.

(Photo of Jim Diodati in Fallsview Casino courtesy of Facebook)

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