The Beat Category - tourist services Mon, 27 Feb 2017 22:44:18 GMT Finger Lakes Region Encourages Locals to Take a "Staycation" Regional Tourism Council releases list of family-focused activities to enjoy during school break week Pittsford, N.Y. - As families prepare for the upcoming school break, the Finger Lakes Region is encouraging locals to take a vacation - in their own backyard. The Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council (FLRTC), the official promotion organization for the 14-county Finger Lakes Region, has released a list of activities, specials, and events taking place during February Break. Their goal is to remind those living locally that they don't have to travel to enjoy a vast range of family-friendly activities, and to encourage families to use the time off to get out and explore more of the region they call home. Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:00:00 GMT Governor Cuomo Announces Free Fishing Days in New York Program Kicks Off Next Weekend with Free Ice Fishing for Residents and Visitors Supports Governor Cuomo's NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative New York's Sport Fishing Industry Generates an Estimated $1.8 billion in Economic Activity Annually, Supporting Nearly 17,000 Jobs Statewide (February 10, 2017) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the first of several free fishing events in New York State for 2017 will take place next weekend on Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19. During these designated days, New York residents and non-residents are permitted to fish for free without a fishing license at any of the state's 7,500 lakes and ponds or 70,000 miles of rivers and streams. Fri, 10 Feb 2017 07:00:00 GMT Governor Cuomo Reminds Out-Of-State Snowmobile Enthusiasts of Upcoming Free Snowmobiling Weekend New York State Registration Requirement and Fees Waived This Weekend for Snowmobiles Registered and Insured Out-of-State   Town Registration Fees Waived for All Snowmobilers This Weekend Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today reminded out-of-state and Canadian snowmobile enthusiasts that this weekend is New York's annual Free Snowmobiling Weekend. Beginning today and through Sunday, state registration fees will be waived for properly registered and insured out-of-state snowmobilers wishing to explore New York's 10,500 miles of trails. Fri, 03 Feb 2017 07:00:00 GMT Punxsutawney Phil Predicts Six More Weeks of Winter The "Official Home of Winter" Celebrates Groundhog Day Syracuse, N.Y. -- Cheers erupted from the Visit Syracuse team and the city's newest resident, Winter, as Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow today to the sight of his shadow. According to legend, this means six more weeks of winter are expected, which is music to the ears of Syracuse, the "Official Home of Winter." Fri, 03 Feb 2017 07:00:00 GMT Syracuse Cheers on Punxsutawney Phil, Anticipates Six More Weeks of Winter Visit Syracuse & Winter head to PA for Groundhog Day Syracuse, N.Y. -- Visit Syracuse and its newest resident, Winter, are heading to Punxsutawney, PA to cheer for six more weeks of winter fun. As the "Official Home of Winter," the city has been embracing the cold and snow with open arms, and are encouraging travelers to do the same - as they focus on expanding tourism during their chilliest season. Tue, 31 Jan 2017 07:00:00 GMT 2017 Maple Weekends Brochure Available The 2017 New York State Maple Weekends brochure for Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida and Oswego counties is now available online at with information on individual participating sugarhouses, pancake breakfasts, Sap Run, Maple Trail app, recipes, coloring pages, and more.   On March 18-19 and March 25-26, from 10 am to 4 pm, sixteen maple producers located across the four-county region will welcome families and visitors of all ages to their farms and forests to experience first-hand how real maple syrup and maple confections are made. Tue, 31 Jan 2017 07:00:00 GMT Old Falls Street Accepting Food Vendor Applications for Summer 2017 Niagara Falls, N.Y. (Jan. 30, 2017) - Calling all area food vendors, Old Falls Street, USA, the three-block entertainment district that connects Niagara Falls State Park with hotels and attractions in downtown Niagara Falls, NY, is calling for local vendors who are interested in selling their products during the 2017 summer season (Memorial Day through Labor Day). Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year and may be obtained by emailing Mon, 30 Jan 2017 07:00:00 GMT Gov. Cuomo Announces Master Plan for $32 Million "Gateway to The Adirondacks" at Northway Exit 29 New York-based Paradox Brewery Will Expand at Gateway, Invest $2.8 Million and Create 22 New Jobs$32 Million Private-Public Investment to Create World-Class Recreational and Tourism HubMaster Plan Available Here Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the Master Plan to establish a Gateway to the Adirondacks at Exit 29 of the Northway, in the town of North Hudson. Located in the heart of the Adirondacks, the future Gateway site once hosted Frontier Town, a popular theme park that has been unoccupied for years. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:00:00 GMT Governor Cuomo Announces New Initiatives to Promote Winter Tourism across New York State New Advertising Campaign Will Promote New York's Winter Destinations in Media Markets Throughout the Northeast View Advertisements Here and Here Annual Free Snowmobiling Weekend Scheduled for February 3-5 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled a new marketing campaign designed to increase visitors and generate interest in New York State's top winter tourism attractions and destinations. The winter marketing campaign, which will include two new television advertisements, will run in media markets throughout the Northeast and promote New York as a world-class winter destination. The Governor also announced New York State's annual Free Snowmobiling Weekend for all out-of-state and Canadian snowmobilers, will run from Friday, February 3, through Sunday, February 5, 2017. Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:00:00 GMT Sponsorships Available for 2017 Canal-Related Events Waterford, N.Y. - The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, in partnership with the NYS Canal Corporation, is offering a limited number sponsorships up to $500 for events or festivals taking place in the National Heritage Corridor from May through November 2017. Qualifying events must promote or celebrate the distinctive historic, cultural, scenic, or recreational resources of the canal corridor. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:00:00 GMT