Niagara Falls’ economy is made up of a diverse group of industries, including tourism, manufacturing, professional services, and retail. Tourism is the largest economic contributor in the city, and includes attractions, shopping centres, hotels, casinos, and restaurants. Art galleries, performing arts centres, events and festivals, historic sites, parks and gardens, Niagara Falls tours, conference centres, and sports and recreation centres are all big tourist draws. Entertainment parks and venues such as Clifton Hill, MarineLand, casinos, theme restaurants, Skylon Tower, Fallsview, and Konica Minolta Tower Centre also provide a great deal of revenue for the city. The city’s unemployment rate has remained steady at just over 6%, which is on par with the national rate.
Niagara Falls Transit operates public bus transportation in the city and services around 25 routes with its fleet of close to 30 vehicles. The Niagara Falls Transit Terminal is the major transit hub, from which residents can access buses from Niagara Falls Transit, GO Transit, Megabus/Coach Canada, and Greyhound. Residents can also travel via GO Transit, VIA Rail, and Amtrak train services. These additional transportation options provide access to nearby communities and larger urban centres.