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Nov 14, 2017

Syracuse - Do Your ThingAfter nation-wide search, Visit Syracuse, Inc. announces new president & CEO

Syracuse, NY (Nov. 10, 2017) - Onondaga County’s official tourism promotion agency is excited to welcome Danny Liedka to the Visit Syracuse family! Liedka recently accepted an offer to join the team as president & CEO.

NYSTIA - Andrew NixonWatkins Glen, NY – Andrew Nixon, Executive Director of the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau, was recognized for his excellence in service as Treasurer of the New York State Tourism Industry Association (NYSTIA), during its annual business meeting held October 26 and 27 in Watkins Glen, NY.

Mr. Nixon has served as Treasurer since 2014, when NYSTIA was formed by the merger of the New York State Travel & Vacation Association and the Tourism Promotion Agencies Council of New York State. His term as Treasurer comes to a close as of the end of this year, but Mr. Nixon will remain on the volunteer board as a director.

Syracuse MarriottManaged by Crescent Hotels & Resorts, restored 1924 landmark earns prestigious rating
within its first full year of operation

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Nov. 1, 2017 – Just over a year since its highly anticipated opening, Marriott Syracuse Downtown has earned AAA’s prestigious Four Diamond rating. The distinction is shared by less than six percent of the nearly 28,000 AAA-approved properties nationwide. Managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts, the luxury iconic hotel debuted in downtown Syracuse last year on Aug. 19, 2016, following a meticulous multiyear $76 million restoration of the landmark 1924 building, once home to Hotel Syracuse. 

Excelsior PR logoRenovations to I-81 Rest Area in Broome County Include Larger Taste NY Facility and Refocus the Center on Southern Tier Tourism

Investment Complements "Southern Tier Soaring" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that work is complete on a state-of-the-art Southern Tier Welcome Center rest area on Interstate 81 northbound in Kirkwood, Broome County, approximately two miles north of the Pennsylvania state line. Building on the success of the Long Island Welcome Center, which opened last fall, the revamped Southern Tier Welcome Center will encourage travelers to visit new tourism destinations across the state and region, and promotes New York's world class food and beverage products at an expanded Taste NY facility. The renovation project complements "Southern Tier Soaring," the region's multi-billion-dollar investment to support economic and community growth.

I LOVE NY Logo - stacked #NYLovesFall Photo Contest Encourages Users to Share Their Best New York State Foliage Photos on Social Media;
Fall Foliage Reports Available Every Wednesday on iloveny.com


Empire State Development today announced the start of the 2017 fall foliage season in New York State, coinciding the first day of autumn and the I LOVE NEW YORK weekly fall foliage reports. Additionally, the popular #NYLovesFall social media campaign returns this year to further promote and encourage visitation to New York’s picturesque autumn locations and attractions.

Dutchess County Tourism - LogoPoughkeepsie, N.Y .- Dutchess Tourism, Inc. (DTI) President & CEO Mary Kay Vrba joined DTI Director of Tour & Travel Dawn Hopper to attend the I Love New York (ILNY) Sales Mission, organized by the ILNY UK & Ireland office and Norwegian Air. The pair were on hand September 10th -15th to promote Dutchess County as a top ravel destination. Eight representatives from ILNY met one-on-one with tour operators and travel agents, as well as networked with key journalists and media contacts at events in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dublin and Belfast.

Wayne County Apple Tasting TourTwo decades of the month-long harvest celebration

Wayne County, N.Y. – The annual Wayne County Apple Tour returns for the 20th year this fall. Since 1997, apple lovers throughout western and central New York have explored Wayne County to pick fresh apples, enjoy the fall colors, and enjoy a day of family fun. Wayne County is the largest apple-producing county in New York State. The tour runs throughout the month of October, with a “Tasting Weekend” from October 6-9 (Columbus Day Weekend).

Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council.59,000 Jobs, $3 Billion Spent in 2016 by Visitors to Region 

Pittsford, N.Y. – As Americans get ready to hit the road for Labor Day, the Finger Lakes Vacation region releases 2016 economic impact results. Visitor spending in the Finger Lakes Vacation region grew by 2.1% in 2016 to a total of $3 billion, which supported 59,236 jobs across 14 counties - including big cities like Rochester and Syracuse, N.Y. with direct and indirect labor income totaling nearly $1.5 billion dollars and representing 6.5% of the total labor income for the region.