Tonawanda News


April 3, 2014

GUEST VIEW: Thank NTCC for Old Fort's resurgence


Tonawanda News — Two years ago, Old Fort Niagara averaged 70,000 in annual attendance. Last year, we exceeded 150,000 visitors to the Fort, a number that we haven’t seen since the 1970s. We directly attribute this 200 percent increase in visitors to the work of the NTCC.

And come late spring and summer, NTCC is bringing in travel writers from across the world to visit the Fort nearly once a week. Last year as a result of these media visits, popular travel blog Mike’s Road Trip named us the best historic site. That type of exposure is something that cannot be bought and NTCC has been the key factor in raising the profile of Old Fort Niagara. 

Niagara USA is a stronger destination when we all work together and NTCC has given us that opportunity. While it’s our job as attractions to make sure visitors have a good time once they’re here, we can thank the NTCC staff for their hard work in getting them here in the first place. Here at Old Fort Niagara, we are already looking forward to another great year of welcoming local, national and international visitors.

Robert Emerson is the executive director of Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown.

Robert Emerson is the executive director of Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown.

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