NIAGARA FALLS, ON, Oct. 28 /CNW/ - The Maid of the Mist Steamboat Company today issued the following statement:
"The Maid of the Mist Steamboat Company is very disappointed that the Ontario government has placed its longstanding and mutually beneficial working relationship with the Niagara Parks Commission in jeopardy.
"The decision of the Ontario Cabinet to open up the agreement comes despite a unanimous recommendation of the Niagara Parks Commission and follows positive reviews of the agreement undertaken by the province's Integrity Commissioner, the government's forensic auditors and outside consultants.
"In addition to its Canadian operation, the Maid of the Mist is contracted with New York State Parks through 2042 to provide services on the American side of the border.
"The Maid of the Mist will take whatever actions are necessary to enable it to continue its operation of the iconic Maid of the Mist boat tours for the enjoyment of visitors from around the world. All options will be under consideration.
"For the immediate future, the Maid of the Mist will continue working with the Niagara Parks Commission under the existing lease according to its terms."
SOURCE MAID OF THE MIST