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Hotels prepared for Wallenda Walk

Nik Wallenda practices on high wire in Niagara Falls, NY
WBFO News photos by Daniel Robison
Nik Wallenda practices on high wire in Niagara Falls, NY

This is a big business week in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Anthony Annunziata, Marketing Vice President, says his customers will have the best view of the walk  from the Marriott Gateway at the Falls and the Marriott Fallsview hotels.

That's more than 800 rooms looking out at the Falls and the walk.

Perhaps the biggest event on the hotel calendar in the Ontario Cataract City is New Year's Eve. Annunziata believes this will be as big and and the hotel room rates will be high.

"We're fortunate enough to have a location that is literally what I call the 50-yard line of the event," Annunziata said.

"The event is happening right in front of our hotel, right in front of the Falls. We're the closest hotel to the Falls and all of our rooms are Falls view rooms. So, we're what we call 'Position A' and we're excited."

Besides that, the Niagara Parks Commission is closing the parkway to traffic for the event, allowing people to walk everywhere and watch.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.