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I LOVE NEW YORK Invites Travelers to “Enlighten, Harvest, Explore”  

NEW YORK, September 19, 2008 - I LOVE NEW YORK (www.iloveny.com), New York State’s tourism promotion agency, has partnered with more than 100 lodging properties across the entire Empire State to offer Fall Getaway Packages starting at $89 per night and more than 20 gas-related incentives.  Consumers feeling the pinch of current economic times will find value-minded vacation packages making it possible for anyone in need of a break to get away in New York State this fall.  The special promotion is running now through November 15 and may be planned by visiting www.iloveny.com/fall.

    

Value packages and driving tours will focus on the themes of “Enlighten, Harvest, and Explore,” designed to highlight the rich culture and historic attractions throughout the State, emphasize the State’s culinary offerings from  farm-fresh meals to award-winning wines, and discover the wealth of the State’s outdoor recreational offerings.

    

“Travel and tourism continue to be driving forces for economic growth in New York State,” said ESD CEO & President Marisa Lago.  “Given the current economic climate, people are understandably cautious in making travel decisions.  So, we are especially happy to be able to offer these fall value-packages that New Yorkers and tourists alike can take advantage of.”

   

Travelers can visit www.iloveny.com/fall to discover driving tours that highlight routes with things to see and do along the way including listings of scenic vistas compiled for premium leaf-peeping opportunities.  Those planning a trip to New York State will be able to search the site by the region, theme, or keyword to return results for packages, driving tours and fall related “things to do.”  The navigation bar will include a link to the weekly foliage report page and a link to create a personal travel guide online.

   

According to Thomas Ranese, chief marketing officer of I LOVE NEW YORK, the State is seeking to appeal to consumers’ desire for a nearby, fun and affordable vacation destination.  "It's no secret that today's traveler is more value-conscious than ever.  Our statewide fall promotion is designed specifically to meet those needs, but also highlight the fact that we offer a quintessential seasonal experience combining culture, culinary and the unmatched beauty of our scenic foliage."

   Vacationers can choose from a range of offerings, including rustic cabins, Victorian bed and breakfasts, world-class hotels and family lodges. Many properties are also offering packages with local attractions and dining values.   

Dan Murphy, president of the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association, said, “Gas prices were at their worst during the summer, visitation to New York State was still strong during those months, confirming our expectations that the economy has forced people to reevaluate their travel choices and consider New York State as a vacation destination.  With gas prices beginning to decline, we’re confident that the fall travel season will continue to bring more visitors to New York State.”

    

A sampling of an $89 value package as well as “Enlighten, Harvest, and Explore” package offerings are listed below:

   $89.00 Value The Lake Placid Summit Hotel A standard deluxe room costs just $89.00 per night per room, based on double occupancy.  Guests receive a complimentary continental breakfast each day of their stay.  The hotel has an indoor heated pool facility, and offers guests a $20.00 gas incentive card upon check out.  Package available Sunday-Thursday nights and requires a two night minimum stay. Enlighten The Crowne Plaza Albany Impressionist - Giverny Art Exhibit Getaway 

A full-service luxury hotel situated in the heart of downtown Albany near the Albany Institute of History and Art. This package includes an overnight stay, parking, a $10 gift certificate at the hotel "Suite Shop," breakfast for two and two passes to the exhibit Impressionist Giverny, A Colony of Artists, 1855-1915, at the Albany Institute of History and Art. The exhibition includes more than 45 paintings from the Terra Foundation for American Art, which has an exceptional collection of paintings by American artists who have worked in Giverny. Rates start at $109 per night.

  Harvest Harmony Hill Retreat - Feast & Forest: A Farm to Table Culinary Experience 

This package includes two nights lodging, dinner reservations for Saturday evening at Fable for two, continental breakfast and two complimentary passes to Hanford Mills Museum.  Guests will enjoy a prix-fixe menu showcasing the best of Stone and Thistle Farm prepared in a sumptuous four-course gourmet dining experience at the farm’s restaurant, Fable. Organic New York State wine and locally brewed beer will be served on the stone patio before a tour of the farm.  Just two miles from Stone and Thistle Farm, guests will stay in a private tree house yurt or cozy mountain chalet on Harmony Hill’s 70 secluded acres. All accommodations have fully equipped kitchen and private bath.  Tree House Yurt, $390; Mountain Chalet, $490.

  Explore Red Coach Inn – Self-Guided Journey to Discovery Package 

This Self-Guided Journey to Discovery Package includes two night lodging at the historic Red Coach Inn, a boutique hotel overlooking the spectacular upper rapids, just 1500 feet from the American Falls, two Niagara Falls State Park Discovery Passes, a $50 gift certificate to dinner at the Red Coach Inn and a split of champagne are included.  Rates range from $432 - $662.  Offer expires October 24, 2008.

   

Please note that specific terms and conditions, booking requirements and restricted dates apply for each discount.  To book one of these or any other fall promotional package, visit www.iloveny.com/fall.

   About New York State New York State features 11 beautiful vacation regions.  New York’s attractions span from landmarks such as Niagara Falls, to the wine trails of Hudson Valley and treasures like the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.  Whether it’s wide-ranging outdoor activities for the whole family like fishing, hiking and boating, culinary wonders and farm-to-table fresh foods, or the rich history and culture of one of the 13 original colonies, New York State offers diverse activities for all travelers.  For more information visit www.iloveny.com.  Media can find press releases and more at thebeat.iloveny.com.

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Contact:

 

Eric Scheffel

Empire State Development

(518) 292-5274