Maid of the Mist loses Niagara contract
TORONTO, Feb. 22 (UPI) — The Maid of the Mist Steamboat Co., which has run tour boats at Niagara Falls since the 19th century, lost its exclusive contract Wednesday.
Canada’s Niagara Parks Commission said it has given a 30-year lease to the Hornblower Canada Co., a unit of a U.S. firm, The (Toronto) Globe and Mail reported.
Hornblower is expected to take over the tour boat service in spring 2014, the newspaper said. Hornblower’s U.S. parent runs boat tours to the Statue of Liberty in New York and Alcatraz in San Francisco.
The Maid of the Mist, which has offered tours since the 1800s, had a monopoly for four decades, The Globe and Mail reported, and there had been criticism about the lack of a competitive bidding process. Eleven firms competed for the lucrative contract this time around.
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