Tourism Summit Generates New Ideas to Bring More Visitors to New York State
Governor: NYS Tourism Equals Business
Albany, N.Y. (May 8, 2014) - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of New York’s largest tourism campaign in decades, committing nearly $60 million to grow the industry, create jobs and attract even more visitors to the Empire State.
The Governor’s announcement came at the conclusion of the New York State Tourism Summit, where hundreds of tourism experts gathered in Albany to discuss ideas and new ways to bring tourists to every corner of the state. As the fifth largest employment sector in New York, tourism supported 714,000 jobs and generated more than $29 billion in wages in 2012. One out of every 12 jobs in New York is tourism-related. The more than 202 million international and domestic visitors to the Empire State last year resulted in $57 billion in direct tourism spending, and generated $7 billion in state and local taxes.
“New York State has some of the most beautiful tourist attractions in the world. From the peaks of the Adirondacks to the beaches of Long Island, no matter what you’re looking for you can find it here,” Governor Cuomo said. “I want the world to know about these assets, too, and am committed to making the State a ‘must see’ global destination and creating new jobs and investments in New York.” Read more »
Family-friendly event on May 4 features lumberjack skills, woodworking demonstrations, tree walks, children’s activities, and Mill tours
Kids 12 and under admitted free
East Meredith, N.Y. - Carving, cutting, chopping, building, sawing, shaping, and finishing. The Woodsmen’s Festival at Hanford Mills Museum celebrates the many ways people use and work with wood. A perennial highlight of the Festival, which will be held on Saturday, May 4 from 10 am - 5 pm, is the lumberjack skills demonstrated by the Woodsmen’s Team from the SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill. The men and women of the Woodsmen’s Team, who participate in intercollegiate competitions and practice five nights a week, will demonstrate cross-cut sawing, overhand and underhand chop, ax throwing, and other lumberjack skills. Read more »
Albany, N.Y. - As spring spreads its warmth across New York State, festivals and activities celebrating the state’s bounty, outdoor attractions and heritage are sprouting up. New York State ranks among the top wine, fruit, dairy and berry producing states in the nation, and farms, wineries and breweries across the state are increasingly opening their doors to visitors. Factor in its protected wilderness–more state-designated wilderness land than any state (except Alaska)-and New York State’s many pivotal roles in the history of the country, it’s easy to see why the season of awakening is filled with activities for visitors.
What follows is just a sampling of the many festivals and special events happening statewide this spring: Read more »
Book Now and Save on Spring Getaways to New York’s Adventure Capital
Greene County, N.Y. - Start planning your spring break or summer vacation to the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County now and treat your family to an all-inclusive, family-friendly resort experience. Just two hours from metro New York and 3 hours from Boston, the Catskills are the perfect drive-to family vacation destination, offering an unparalleled adventure close to home.
Catskills all-inclusive resorts offer a family travel tradition that dates back generations. Stay and play at one of the region’s affordable resorts and enjoy nightly, on-site entertainment, meals and so much more for one bundled package price. Guests can take advantage of all that the Catskills have to offer without opening their wallets or leaving the resort. Read more »
Clark family’s “Indian Blanket” design featured in newly released American Quilt Trail Redwork Kit
Neversink, N.Y. - Artwork on a Sullivan County barn has been chosen to represent New York in the new American Quilt Trail Redwork Kit by historic needlework designer The Posy Collection.
The “Indian Blanket” design on Jack Clark’s barn is also featured in the book “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement” by Suzi Parron and Donna Sue Groves.
Barn quilts from 12 states were selected for the redwork kit, which features a form of needle art that uses red thread on natural-colored fabric. Read more »
50% off lift tickets for registered guests during their stay
Hunter, N.Y. - Hunter’s lodging properties will be wrapping up the 2012/2013 season with competitive room rates as low and $100 per night. Registered guests of the Kaatskill Mountain Club will also enjoy 50% off lift tickets during their stay. This sweet spring deal will extend now through the end of the 2012/2013 ski season. Read more »
Enjoy a Golf Adventure in the Catskill Mountains Just Hours from Major Metro Areas
Greene County, N.Y. - Stay and play in the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County this spring and sign up for a free Adventure Passport to receive buy one, get one green fees at participating golf courses located throughout Greene County. Just two hours north of New York City and three hours west of Boston, Catskills golf courses are easy to get to and affordable to play.
The Great Northern Catskills of Greene County are one of the premier golf destinations in New York State, offering challenging, expertly designed courses amid the stunning natural beauty of the Hudson River Valley and towering Catskills Peaks. Read more »