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DMV encourages New Yorkers to get REAL ID ahead of summer travel season

DMV encourages New Yorkers to get REAL ID ahead of summer travel season
With Memorial Day weekend kicking off the summer travel season, the Department of Motor Vehicles reminded New Yorkers to make sure they are prepared for future travel. According to the federal REAL ID Act, which begins October 1, 2020, a REAL ID-compliant document such as a REAL ID, Enhanced Driver License or a U.S. Passport will be needed to fly... more

WATCH: Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance 100 year commemorative video

WATCH: Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance 100 year commemorative video
On April 25, 1919, the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance founders came together in Auburn, New York to organize a cooperative to promote tourism in the region. 100 years later the tourism industry in the region has grown beyond their wildest expectations. Below is an outstanding video the FLTA produced to commemorate their 100 year anniversary. more

AAA: Nearly 43 million Americans will travel for Memorial Day weekend

AAA: Nearly 43 million Americans will travel for Memorial Day weekend
Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of summer and many Americans will be celebrating away! AAA says nearly 43 million Americans will travel for Memorial Day weekend in what will be the second-highest travel volume on record since AAA starting tracking holiday travel in 2000. That's a 3.6 percent increase from last year. According to AAA, most travelers will... more

Finger Lakes Visitors Connection: Touting tourism for 35 years

Finger Lakes Visitors Connection: Touting tourism for 35 years
A $47,000 “experiment” launched in 1984 by county officials has paid off in spades, fueling the local economy and drawing millions of visitors to the heart of the Finger Lakes. Finger Lakes Visitors Connection President Valerie Knoblauch said the 35-year-old county-driven initiative was birthed and funded for six months “just to see if it would work or not.” Apparently it... more

Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance celebrates 100 years

Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance celebrates 100 years
A crowd of nearly 300 joined the celebration of 100 years of the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance at a gala anniversary party Saturday, May 4 at the Ramada Geneva Lakefront. Attendees spanned local business owners, area not-for-profits, county tourism promotion agencies, supporters, and legislators. Founded in 1919 and based in Penn Yan since its inception, the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance... more

Chamber Corner: Canandaigua Lake fosters ‘experience economy’

Chamber Corner: Canandaigua Lake fosters ‘experience economy’
Protect our environment. Advance our economy. Attract new friends. These are familiar themes for those who call the Finger Lakes their home. Our lakes are, quite literally, part of our identity – our brand – as a region. In addition to providing life-giving water, they provide scenery, recreational opportunities and a moderating effect ideal for grape growing. Ongoing efforts in... more

100 YEARS OF PROMOTION: Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance celebrates decades of advocacy

100 YEARS OF PROMOTION:
The Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance is recognizing 10 decades of promoting the region and CK Cellars is honored to help support their 100th Anniversary Gala. “Without the support of CK Cellars, this event would not be of the high caliber that it is,” said Cynthia Kimble, President of the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance. “Net proceeds from the anniversary celebration will... more

Finger Lakes National Heritage Corridor designation could boost tourism

Finger Lakes National Heritage Corridor designation could boost tourism
Efforts to get national recognition for the Finger Lakes area as a tourist destination could bring tourists, and their spending power, from all over the country to Upstate New York. The Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance has been overseeing the already years-long effort, which is about to begin a feasibility survey by the National Park Service. That step could take 2... more

Finger Lakes tourism confidence grows, environmental threats loom

Finger Lakes tourism confidence grows, environmental threats loom
Confidence is high in the Finger Lakes tourism industry, though not without worry about environmental threats and other concerns. Three professionals in local tourism shared their take Thursday on what is happening based on key points revealed in a recent survey by DestinationFLX. Michael Mills, founder of the DestinationFLX promotional/event platform, hosted the panel with about 25 guests attending the... more

Millions visit, billions spent: Seneca at the heart of Finger Lakes’ success

Millions visit, billions spent: Seneca at the heart of Finger Lakes’ success
Following the announcement that 5.56 million people visited the Finger Lakes region in 2018 and spent a total $2.43 billion tourism, officials rejoiced. While certain industries may not be as strong as they were in decades past, tourism has risen to become the driver of the Finger Lakes. Travel Marketing Insights conducted the comprehensive study on behalf the Finger Lakes... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb slams budget outcome, burden placed on Upstate

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb slams budget outcome, burden placed on Upstate
Last week a $175.5 billion spending bill was passed. Some lawmakers believe that bill, which was packed with a number of consequential pieces of legislation – is proposed that way intentionally by the majority. “This legislation simply wouldn’t pass in a traditional, up-and-down vote,” explained New York State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R-Canandaigua). That said, it passed, and now... more

Study: Visitors generated $2.4 billion in FLX

Study: Visitors generated $2.4 billion in FLX
A new study said 5.56 million people visited the Finger Lakes region in 2018, with 4.9 million here for leisure, generating $2.4 billion in business. Those numbers come from a “comprehensive” consumer behavior study Travel Marketing Insights on behalf of Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance. The alliance covers 14 counties between Rochester and Syracuse designated as the Finger Lakes tourism region.... more

AAA: More Americans will take a family vacation this year

AAA: More Americans will take a family vacation this year
Families are planning to get away in 2019! According to AAA, nearly 100 million Americans will go on a family vacation this year. That number is slightly up from last year. AAA says spring and summer road trips are tops on the list. According to a survey, 4 in 10 adults in the United States plan to take a family... more

WEBER THIS WEEK: Mark Juliano, GM at del Lago Resort & Casino in-studio (podcast)

WEBER THIS WEEK: Mark Juliano, GM at del Lago Resort & Casino in-studio (podcast)
On July 9 of this past summer, Mark Juliano became the new general manager of del Lago Resort & Casino, a casino that opened in February 2017 in Tyre. On this edition of Weber This Week, Juliano is in-studio with your host Harold “Web Dog” Weber to talk about casino operations, what a sports book at del Lago will look... more

Cayuga County year-end sales tax report: Auburn excels, towns, villages lag behind

Cayuga County year-end sales tax report: Auburn excels, towns, villages lag behind
The final sales tax numbers for Cayuga County’s multiple municipal governments show a strong year for the city of Auburn, but a weak performance by towns and villages in the area. As a whole, sales tax receipts in Cayuga County reached $46.27 million, up from $45.67 million in 2017. The increase was driven primarily by a strong performance in Auburn,... more

Gas prices higher than last year, but cheapest they have been in 2018

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Good news for drivers hitting the roads this holiday season, as AAA forecasts prices at the pump to be the cheapest so far this year. The national average for a gallon of regular-unleaded is$2.45 a gallon, a new low for 2018. AAA says the national average price has dropped more than 50 cents since Memorial Day weekend. The group predicts... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing how tourism and economic development are linked (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing tourism in the Finger Lakes w/ local chamber reps (podcast)
The Seneca County Chamber of Commerce recently launched a new community guide aimed at connecting those staying and living in the Finger Lakes — with valuable local services. In this case, the most-recent publication – known as the “Finger Lakes Gateway Connections Community Guide” is aimed at decision makers who might be considering doing business or living in Seneca County.... more

Cayuga County tourism agency confirms new executive director

Cayuga County tourism agency confirms new executive director
The Cayuga County Convention and Visitors Bureau has a new executive director, after the board Tuesday confirmed a replacement for Meg Vanek, who is retiring after 21 years with the agency. The bureau’s board of directors confirmed Karen Kuhl as the new executive director based on her experience with regional, national and international tourism, according to a release. Kuhl previously... more
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