BUFFALO, N.Y. – An award recognizing contribution to travel and tourism in Niagara was presented Monday to the Niagara 1812 Legacy Council by Visit Buffalo Niagara.
The council received the Bi-National Beacon award during the Travel & Tourism Beacon Awards at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Centre.
New York is celebrating Travel & Tourism Week, which runs May 3 to May 11.
This is the fourth year for the awards, which pay tribute to service provided by the travel industry in Erie County.
“We are honoured and thrilled to receive this award that recognizes the Legacy Council’s leadership in marketing and co-ordinating the bicentennial commemorations since 2008,” said Legacy Council CEO, Brian Merrett. “There have been numerous War of 1812 events to date and we look forward to the final year of activities in Western New York and Niagara this year, as we enter the third century of peace between nations.”
The Legacy Council will once again host two performances of The Honouring by Kaha:Wi Dance Theatre (Toronto) at Old Fort Niagara this year, June 28-29. Through successful fundraising, the legacy council is also pleased to support the restoration of the U.S.S. Trippe in Western New York, as a legacy project.
On the Canadian side, this year also marks the 200th anniversaries of the battles of Chippawa, Lundy’s Lane and Cook’s Mills, as well as the Siege of Fort Erie.
The Niagara 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council is a bi-national not-for-profit organization established to commemorate the War of 1812 and celebrate the 200 years of peace between Canada and the United States.
Visit Buffalo Niagara sells and markets the assets and attractions of the Buffalo-Niagara area to visitors outside the region as a convention, tourism and leisure destination for the economic benefit of the community.