iloveny-stack2.jpgtwitter_logo.pngNew York State Leads the State Tourism Category on Twitter in U.S. and Canada New York, N.Y. - New York State's @I_LOVE_NY Twitter handle is the first state tourism account in the U.S. and Canada to reach 20,000 followers, placing the Empire State number one on the list of state tourism Twitter accounts, according to the GoSeeTell.com blog, which lists rankings rated by twitter.grader.com.  I LOVE NEW YORK, the State's tourism promotion agency, utilizes a series of social media strategies, including multiple daily tweets on topics ranging from insider scoops, upcoming events, little known facts, famous dates in New York history, and more, to increase its Twitter following.  The handle also provides state-wide initiative information such as the new Green Heart NY Tourism program featuring the inaugural "Greenest New Yorker" contest, along with promotions like the Empire State's "Deal of the Day."   "We provide our Twitter followers with trendy and appealing topics to engage their interest in New York and excite them to travel throughout our 11 vacation regions," said Edward Maitino, Managing Director of Marketing, Advertising and Tourism for Empire State Development.  "The results have been spectacular: not only are we the number one state tourism site in the country, but our Twitter handle continues to grow by approximately 500 new followers per week." In addition to Twitter, New York State's social media efforts include a Facebook page, which showcases videos and event images, and the iloveny.com web site, which for the first time in three years, features an e-guide version of the I LOVE NEW YORK travel guide.  Highlights of New York State electronic travel guide include event calendars, sample itineraries, getaway ideas and destination facts for travelers to utilize while planning trips across the region.  For more information, visit I LOVE NEW YORK's Twitter handle @I_LOVE_NY, Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/I-LOVE-NEW-YORK/118914714168 or http://www.iloveny.com/.  Also, visit http://www.goseetell.com/ for the full list of tourism rankings as rated by http://twitter.grader.com/. 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 http://www.iloveny.com/.  Media can find press releases and more at thebeat.iloveny.com. # # #