Transforming Niagara Falls from a visitor attraction to an international tourism destination.


Produce reliable data to inform strategic decision making and improve competitiveness.

Skills Development

To develop the skills and competencies of the workforce from ‘point of entry’ to senior executive level to manage and grow the industry.


To utilize new and emerging technologies in support of destination development, marketing and visitor servicing.


To establish an incubator to encourage entrepreneurial creativity and development of new businesses in the tourism sector.


The Niagara Global Tourism Institute is an initiative focusing on collaborative partnerships between the public and private sector to improve the regional tourism product and global competitiveness.


For information about hospitality and tourism in the WNY region, please contact one of the following organizations.

Visit Buffalo Niagara

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Destination Niagara USA

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The Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls

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Buffalo Convention Center

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NGTI Advisory Board

Rev. Fr. James J Maher

PresidentNiagara University (Co-Chair)

MayorCity of Niagara Falls

Mr. Dan Hamister

Executive Vice President & Chief Investment OfficerThe Hamister Group

Mr. Barry Freilicher

Senior Vice PresidentBusiness Development, Delaware North Companies

Mr. Chris Glynn

PresidentMaid of the Mist Corporation

Dr. Kurt Stahura

NGTI Scholar / Director of ResearchNiagara University - College of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Mr. Frank Strangio

ChairmanNiagara Hotels AssociationOwner/Vice PresidentWingate by Wyndham & Quality Inn/ Antonio’s Banquet & Conference Center (Niagara Falls, NY)

Mr. Duncan Ross

PresidentArrowhead Springs Winery

Ms. Mary Borgognoni

Senior Vice President for Operations and FinanceNiagara University

Mr. Patrick Whalen

DirectorNiagara Global Tourism Institute

Ms. Sara Capen

Executive DirectorNiagara Falls National Heritage Area

Dr. Bonnie Rose

NGTI Sub Committees