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FORT ERIE’S TOURISM SEASON LAUNCHED WITH NEW VISITORS GUIDE

FORT ERIE, Ontario, May 14, 2003 - Fort Erie Economic Development and Tourism Corporation (EDTC) General Manager, Jim Thibert, today announced that the EDTC has launched its 2003 tourism season with a vibrant new Visitors Guide, the cover of which shows a little girl sitting on a beach drawing the Fort Erie bridge logo in the sand with her finger. “We wanted something that captured the essence of Fort Erie. The Peace Bridge and our beaches have shaped our character over the decades and led to tremendous growth in what we’ve been calling Fort Erie’s seven jewels: our gaming; our festivals; our beaches, boating and trails; our history; shopping; native culture; and, relationship with Western New Yorkers”.

Unveiling the Guide at the Peace Bridge Duty Free was Mayor Wayne Redekop. The Mayor expressed during the unveiling that “Fort Erie enjoys an absolutely unique place in Niagara’s tourism landscape. We enjoy the largest trail system of any municipality in Niagara; significant heritage sites like Old Fort Erie and The Slave Quarters at the Mahoney Dolls House Gallery; forty festivals and events; and even an outdoor zoo. We boast one of the largest selections of quality things to do in Niagara”.

Herb McGirr, EDTC Chairperson, stated “The EDTC has invested in this publication which will enjoy a circulation of 100,000, 25,000 of which will be in Western New York, Rochester-Batavia and Erie, Pennsylvania. From our marketing programs, we know that a significant number of tourists come from the US and within a two hour drive of Niagara. You’ll be able to find the guide in 150 hotels in Niagara as well as in Ontario Travel Centres in the Province and the soon-to-be-completed, state-of-the-art Crossroads project in Fort Erie”.

Information from the Visitors Guide will be available also on-line at www.forteriecanada.com.