madison-county-tourism.JPGWhat: A press conference to introduce the new Cultural & Historic Tourism Passport Who: Madison County Tourism along with 12 participating partners When: Thursday May 17, 2012 10 am  (Note the change in date) Where: The Madison County Office Building in Wampsville Why: Working together, the sites are trying to increase visitors during the summer of 2012 Wampsville, N.Y. - Twelve cultural and historic sites across Madison County have banded together to create passport program.  The goal is to encourage visitation during the summer and fall of 2012.  Starting on May 17, and continuing until December, visitors can pick up the passports and if they visit eight of the 12 locations they will be eligible to win the grand prize, an Apple I-Pad. On Thursday May 17 the twelve sites will have displays in the county office building atrium from 9am-12pm.  At 10 am a press conference will take place to introduce the passport program.  Visitors to cultural and historical sites on average, spend more money than the typical visitor.  This program is designed to attract more of those tourists to Madison County, and to get them to stay longer by showcasing the variety and number of sites available to visit.   The participating sites include:             The Oneida Community Mansion House                    Canastota Canaltown Museum             Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum                 Lorenzo State Historic Site             National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum           Catherine Cummings Theatre             Cazenovia College Art Gallery in Reisman Hall         Earlville Opera House             Madison County Historical Society                             Stone Quarry Hill Art Park             Gerrit Smith National Historic Landmark                   Cazenovia Public Library The passport was made possible in part by a donation from the Upstate Institute at Colgate University.


Media Note: Access to any or all of the venues is easily arranged and Madison County Tourism is happy to help make this story work for you. Contact: Jim Walter 315-684-7320 315-427-5619