cultural-heritage-tourism-network.JPGSymposium fills Colgate University Ho Science Auditorium to Capacity Hamilton, N.Y. - All 94 seats in the Meyerson Auditorium at Colgate University were filled to capacity Friday, March 18 with cultural heritage tourism professionals taking part in the daylong Symposium sponsored by the New York Cultural Heritage Tourism Network and hosted by the Upstate Institute @ Colgate University. The theme of the event, "Bridges to the Future:  Empowerment through Collaboration in Cultural Heritage Tourism," brought cultural heritage representation from nineteen counties throughout New York. There were three breakout sessions and each attendee had the opportunity to participate in two of them. Keynote speaker Cheryl Hargrove, who specializes in cultural and heritage tourism, marketing communications and strategic planning, riveted the group with her commentary on "Cultural Heritage Tourism:  A Sustainable Strategy."  Her comments were direct and to the point as she spoke on best ways of collaboration, communication and coordination in order to increase visitation to cultural heritage attractions and sites. Network Director Spike Herzig, who helped create and coordinate the symposium, commented, "The fact that 94 people would attend, many of which drove up to three hours to be a part of this symposium, is very rewarding.  Cultural and heritage attractions and venues have been overlooked in the past but I believe we're on our way to reversing that process.  One of the Network goals is to increase visitation to member business/venues and that process was begun in earnest today." The New York Cultural Heritage Tourism Network is a coalition of arts, culture and heritage attractions/venues from across New York.  The Network has developed the first ever inventory of arts, culture and heritage attractions, numbering more than 2400 sites, and is developing a premier cultural heritage tour package site that allows consumers to purchase tour packages on-line. For information, visit


Contact: Spike Herzig, Director New York Cultural Heritage Tourism Network 474 Snell Road, Geneva, NY 14456 (315) 521-3985