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NYSTIA I LOVE NEW YORK logoI LOVE NEW YORK Empire State Tourism Conference Set for April 23-25

NEW YORK – March 19, 2018 – Tourism industry professionals will gather at the Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady on April 23-25, for the annual I LOVE NEW YORK Empire State Tourism Conference, hosted by the New York State Tourism Industry Association (NYSTIA) and Empire State Development’s Division of Tourism. 

The theme of this year’s conference is “The Tourism Experience: Learn It. Do It. it!” Professional development topics will provide attendees with hands-on training and education in a variety of subjects intended to position them for short- and long-term success in building New York State tourism products and driving revenue for their destinations.

Corning Museum of Glass - CanalsideCanalside is a Proud Partner of GlassBarge during the Erie Canal Bicentennial Celebration

Buffalo, NY, March 15, 2018—The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) and Canalside today announced that the 2018 GlassBarge tour will visit Buffalo, docking at Canalside on August 3-5. As the 2018 signature event for the statewide celebration of the Erie Canal Bicentennial, GlassBarge will offer free public glassmaking demonstrations at each scheduled stop during its four-month tour.

A glassblower on the GlassBargeCorning, NY, March 15, 2018—The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) today announced the schedule for GlassBarge, which will offer free public glassmaking demonstrations at each scheduled stop during its four-month tour, launching on May 17 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. It will then travel north on the Hudson, then westward along the Erie Canal before making its way to the Finger Lakes. It will stop at ports in Yonkers, Poughkeepsie, Kingston, Albany, Little Falls, Sylvan Beach, Baldwinsville, Fairport, Lockport, Buffalo, Medina, Brockport, Pittsford, Seneca Falls, and Watkins Glen. A ceremonial last leg of the trip will take place by land, concluding in Corning with a community-wide celebration on September 22.

Sesquicentennial ScrapbookScheduled for Saturday, March 24

Utica, N.Y. - Joe Kelly's Sesquicentennial Scrapbook celebrates Utica's history in a series of fun and entertaining vignettes. The booklet was originally written for a weekly column in the Observer-Dispatch to commemorate the city's 150th anniversary. A lot has changed in since the city’s sesquicentennial, but Utica’s history hasn’t. Join Joe Kelly to discuss and sign copies of the 35th Anniversary Edition of his popular book. This program takes place in the Oneida County History Center’s main gallery on Saturday, March 24 starting at 1:00 PM.

Guillermo GalindoGuillermo Galindo makes instruments out of discarded objects found along the Mexico-U.S. border

Saratoga Springs, NY (March 13, 2018) — The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College is pleased to announce a special performance of Sonic Borders II on Tuesday, March 20, at 6 p.m. by experimental composer, multimedia artist, and performance artist Guillermo Galindo.

Lake Ontario Wine Trail - Roll Out the BarrelsLake Ontario Wine Trail, Williamson, NY -- The Lake Ontario Wine Trail is hosting their first and most popular event for 2018.  The 8th annual “Roll Out The Barrels” event will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 7th and 8th from 11am – 6pm. Guests will enjoy special access to pre-released or newly released wines, spirits and ciders before they hit the tasting room shelves.

Cumming Nature Center Maple WeekendCanandaigua, N.Y. – This weekend marks the beginning of Maple Weekend throughout New York State, and the maple farms in Ontario County are getting ready to welcome visitors to their sugar houses.

Maple Weekend, which is March 17 & 18 and March 24 & 25, is sponsored by the NYS Maple Producers Association. During Maple Weekend, maple farms will welcome visitors to their farms to educate people first-hand about how maple syrup and other related products are made. Many farms also have pancake breakfasts and other tastings throughout the weekend as well.

Ross LeviPoughkeepsie, NY– Dutchess Tourism, Inc. (DTI) announced it will be hosting a Tourism Trends Conference, Wednesday, April 4 at the Villa Borghese in Wappingers Falls. The day will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a tourism partner meeting just for Dutchess County tourism-related businesses and then open up to include tourism entities throughout the entire Hudson Valley region from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The partner meeting will include a presentation from DTI President & CEO Mary Kay Vrba, who will discuss the state of tourism in Dutchess County, including how Dutchess Tourism works to support businesses and their innovative efforts planned for the coming year.

Lisa BurnsPittsford, N.Y. - Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council is delighted to announce its hire of Lisa Burns in the role of Executive Director.

The Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council (FLRTC) is an organization comprised of the 14 Official County Tourism Promotion Agencies of the Finger Lakes Vacation Region whose mission is to maximize the economic impact of tourism in the region.

The Executive Director will facilitate organizational priorities and implement strategies as outlined in the 2016 FLRTC Destination Market Analysis and Strategic Marketing Plan. The plan was funded by a grant awarded to the FLRTC by Empire State Development and the New York State Division of Tourism, under Governor Andrew Cuomo's Regional Economic Development Council initiative.