teamilnylogo.jpgI LOVE NEW YORK now boasts more than 50,000 Facebook Fans New York, N.Y. - I LOVE NEW YORK, New York State's travel and tourism program, recently introduced  a social media initiative, Team I LOVE NY, and is inviting Facebook fans, and anyone that loves New York, to join in. Team I LOVE NY is a new online travel and tourism community that makes active Facebook fans a part of the I LOVE NEW YORK team. By incorporating user-generated content supplied by team members, I LOVE NEW YORK is able to provide New York State travel information to potential visitors tailored to their needs. "We want to hear from people that visit and love New York State," said Edward Maitino, Division of Tourism Managing Director for Empire State Development. "With social media, we finally have a way to foster such a community. Within this group we hope to start conversations about the best places to visit, the greatest events to attend and provide travelers with an inside view of tourism in New York." All that is needed to join Team I LOVE NY is a Facebook account. Simply visit www.facebook.com/iloveny, click the "like" button at the top of the page and you're on the Team! After joining, team members are asked to answer specific tourism questions or are asked to comment on different New York State topics. Select team members' ideas and suggestions that are posted on I LOVE NY's Facebook Wall will be collected and displayed on iloveny.com and in various travel and tourism publications produced throughout the year. "We're seeing incredible interest in I LOVE NEW YORK and its Facebook account, adding over 3,000 new "likes" just in the past week," said Maha Eltobgy, Vice President of Marketing Strategy for Empire State Development."So this is an effort to create a larger platform and give a voice to those who want to join in and share the I LOVE NEW YORK experience."  I LOVE NEW YORK is currently ranked number one on social media's Twitter platform out of all Destination Marketing Organizations in North America. For more information on New York's travel destinations, you can follow I LOVE NEW YORK on its social media accounts on: Twitter at www.twitter.com/I_LOVE_NY, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ILOVENY, on YouTube at www.YouTube.com/OFFICIALILOVENY and Flickr at www.Flickr.com/officialiloveny .

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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 Contact: Kelly Rabideau | krabideau@empire.state.ny.us | 518.292.5163