At 4:00 pm on February 22, 2012, the winning bidder was announced in the competition to provide the Maid of the Mist boat service at Niagara Falls. The new operator is Hornblower Cruises.
This is an extremely profitable contract. The winning bidder will generate billions of dollars of revenues and hundreds of millions in profit with absolutely no competition. The new operator will pay $413 million more than the old operator. Hmmmm.
The boat rides have been provided for over 160 years, and I discovered that the process of excluding bidders was illegal and probably corrupt….