tourism

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Governor Cuomo is trying to drive more tourists into Oswego and the Lake Ontario region in hopes of boosting the area’s economy after persistent spring and early summer flooding.  Turns out the fishing season is one of the best in years, and Cuomo took advantage by chartering a fishing boat Thursday. 


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It appears the effort to promote Destiny USA to domestic and especially international audiences is paying off. The shopping, dining, and entertainment venue ended last year with impressive gains in group travel visitation.


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Onondaga County’s official tourism promotion agency didn’t have to go far to find its next leader.  Outgoing county legislator and former East Syracuse Mayor Danny Liedka will be the next president and CEO of Visit Syracuse.

Liedka says he had his eye on the job when David Holder stepped down in June. 

“It’s a position that I’ve always admired and tried to build my career towards and when it came open, at that point I put my hat in the ring to go through the search process.”

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Travelers and vacationers were already a big part of the Central New York Economy.  But now tourism officials say it’s a focus of state development efforts.  One area that’s booming is craft-beer tours. 

Tom Ireardi was making home-brew beer 25 years ago…but craft brewing didn’t quite take off…He opened Finger Lakes on Tap to bring his aficionado approach to the people.

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Criticisms of the latest version of President Trump’s Travel Ban have come from New York leaders.  You might have heard earlier on Morning Edition about concerns that the ban has a chilling effect no travel. 

The Finger Lakes area depends quite a bit on tourism for the local economy.  And policies that restrict travel – or inhibit it – could have trickle-down effects.