iloveny-stack.jpgNew York's Finger Lakes and Lake George named lakeside vacations that have it all by Yahoo!  Albany, NY (May 1, 2013) - The Finger Lakes and Lake George have been named by Yahoo! as "Lakeside vacations that have it all."  These sites were highlighted alongside world famous vacation destinations such as Switzerland's Lake Geneva, Italy's Lake Como and Ireland's Lakes of Killarney.  "We have made great strides in marketing our great state to drive the tourism economy in every region of New York," said Governor Cuomo. "Yahoo's feature is proof  that our perseverance is paying off-two of our state's travel destinations are featured among an impressive list of 10 world renowned attractions.  Building off this success, we pledge to continue to work with the industry to bring attention to the best of New York State travel."   "All New Yorkers know The Finger Lakes and Lake George are tourism treasures, and we are proud to have their natural beauty recognized on an international scale," said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams. "Governor Cuomo is focused on boosting the State's tourism industry, which is a critical engine for economic growth. This announcement is further proof that the Governor's efforts are paying dividends, creating new jobs and highlighting all the Empire State has to offer." The Finger Lakes were recognized for its more than 100 wineries which line the shores of its 11 lakes, wine tours, the beautiful village of Skaneateles, the Corning Glass Museum, and Watkins Glen State Park, where you can climb past 19 waterfalls. Lake George was noted for the family fun aspect of local souvenir shops, factory outlets, and fudge stores, as well as historic Fort William Henry and Fort Ticonderoga, which families can tour. The complete list of vacation destinations with additional information can be found at http://cts.vresp.com/c/?M.SilverADivisionofF/5dae6d3368/045909ed29/3ec0a840b0. Since taking office, Governor Cuomo has put in place a series of initiatives to bolster statewide tourism, including launching new marketing and advertising campaigns to showcase New York State's many assets and attractions. As the fifth largest employment sector in New York, tourism supported 694,000 jobs and generated $16.6 billion in wages in 2011. In that year alone, the Empire State hosted 202 million total visitors, an 8.3 percent increase from the year before, and 76.2 million overnight visitors.  This has resulted in $53.9 billion in direct tourism spending and $6.9 billion in state and local tax revenue. To build on these successes and continue to boost tourism and create jobs, the Governor also recently announced several new initiatives to spotlight the State's natural beauty and recreational opportunities and attract visitors to Upstate New York, as well as Market NY and Taste-NY, to promote "made in New York" products.   Governor Cuomo has also announced he will host New York State's first Tourism Summit to hear ideas from industry leaders, business owners and other stakeholders and ensure that the tourism industry continues to grow and create jobs in New York. The Tourism Summit will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the Hart Lounge in Albany.  For more information, go to: http://cts.vresp.com/c/?M.SilverADivisionofF/5dae6d3368/045909ed29/085864c693.

###   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://cts.vresp.com/c/?M.SilverADivisionofF/5dae6d3368/045909ed29/288c691f34. Media can find press releases and more at thebeat.iloveny.com.   Follow the I LOVE NY social media channels for news on tourism in New York State. From NYC to Niagara Falls and all points in between, there's so much to love to LOVE in NY! Check out I LOVE NEW YORK on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for great ideas for your next getaway. Follow I LOVE NEW YORK on social media: Facebook: Facebook.com/ILOVENY Twitter: @I_LOVE_NY Instagram: ILOVENY YouTube: YouTube.com/OfficialILoveNY Pinterest: Pinterest.com/ILOVENY Flickr: Flickr.com/OfficialILoveNY   CONTACT: Melanie Klausner                       M. SILVER - A Division of Finn Partners                       (212)-754-6500, ext. 243                       Melanie.klausner@finnpartners.com                         Eric Scheffel                       Empire State Development                       (518) 292-5274                       escheffel@esd.ny.gov