NFTA Transporter

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

New Buffalo Niagara Visitor Center to be located Inside Buffalo Airport

Millions of people are about to be introduced to Buffalo Niagara’s incredible art, architecture, culture, sports, nature, food, lodging, events and entertainment. At a press event Friday, April 27, Visit Buffalo Niagara announced the creation of a new Buffalo Niagara Visitor Center within the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, made possible through a generous grant from First Niagara.
The center, which is currently under construction, will be located on the secure side of the airport. Its sleek, yet welcoming design will feature: · An information desk, where knowledgeable VBN associates will provide free visitor assistance · Video screens depicting landscapes, attractions and events around Buffalo Niagara · Brochure racks with visitor materials · Buffalo related merchandise for sale

“Four years ago, Visit Buffalo Niagara created a strategic plan that called for adding a Buffalo Niagara Visitor Center in the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Today, we are making that plan a reality,” said Visit Buffalo Niagara President and CEO Dottie Gallagher-Cohen.

“Five million passengers fly in and out of the airport each year. Capturing even a fraction of this audience will have an enormous impact on our tourism industry.” Henry M. Sloma, Acting Chairman of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, said, “Having the Visit Buffalo Niagara visitor center located inside the Buffalo Niagara International Airport makes perfect sense considering the thousands of visitors who pass through the terminal each day. Visitors coming to Buffalo Niagara will be able to receive first-hand information regarding the many wonderful cultural attractions and activities our region has to offer as soon as they get off their flight.”

 Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz shared his enthusiasm for the project, saying, “The new Visitor Center provides an excellent opportunity for our region to make a great first impression. I’m hopeful that many business travelers, especially Canadians, will become frequent visitors to our area after stopping at the new Center to see everything there is to do in Western New York.”

 Gallagher-Cohen also announced that First Niagara Bank has come forward with a generous $100,000 donation to defray the costs of the center, while BHNT Architects and LP Ciminelli are contributing their services as well. Additional donations are being sought by Visit Buffalo Niagara to help defray the cost of opening the new Visitor Center. The Visitor Center is expected to be open in early July.