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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

Crews start removing highway ‘I Love NY’ tourism signs

Crews start removing highway ‘I Love NY’ tourism signs
Crews have started removing hundreds of New York interstate highway tourism signs that the federal government said the Cuomo administration installed illegally. The state Department of Transportation says Thursday that the agency and Thruway Authority have begun removing the “I Love NY” signs located along the Thruway and other state highways. Crews were out along Route 490 in Pittsford and... more

Local food producers sought for market at Auburn welcome center

Local food producers sought for market at Auburn welcome center
The New York State Equal Rights Heritage Center is seeking local producers of food items to be part of the Taste NY Market that will be located there. The market will be operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, which is looking for producers of honey, maple, dairy, baked goods, jams and jellies, pickles and other fermented items, sauces... more

State seeks bids to redevelop Thruway’s 27 service areas

State seeks bids to redevelop Thruway’s 27 service areas
New York state is seeking bids for redeveloping the more than two dozen service areas along the 570-mile Thruway system. The Thruway Authority on Tuesday announced that has issued a request for proposals to make improvements at 27 travel plazas through public-private partnerships. The agency says the plan calls for offering a more diverse selection of food and beverage options,... more

How you can vote to help the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls secure a $150,000 grant

The National Women’s Hall of Fame is a finalist in the “Vote Your Main Street” initiative sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express. The NWHOF is in the process of rehabilitating the 1844 Seneca Knitting Mill as the National Women’s Hall of Fame’s new (old) home—a place rooted by its early trustees Jacob Chamberlain and Charles... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Flagging concerns with FLX Welcome Center, City of Geneva

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Understanding the
Concern about cost and process. In Geneva, residents and taxpayers alike have been asking questions about the Finger Lakes Welcome Center, since a pair of investigative reports were published by WHEC-Rochester, and the Geneva Believer. Both highlighted exorbitant costs in some aspects of the buildout, which was executed through a joint-effort between the state and city of Geneva. “It started... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Vincent Esposito of Empire State Development talks economic development in the Finger Lakes

For the Finger Lakes – the road to economic development has been a long, and often bumpy one, with a multitude of challenges being faced. However, significant changes in policy over the last decade have paved the way for new economic development in the region. While Governor Andrew Cuomo’s methods for producing that economic development through competition and regional zones... more

Local officials say Yates doesn’t compare to other counties

The recently released county-specific report from ACT Rochester indicates that Yates is the only county in a nine-county region in which the median household income kept up with inflation since 2000. But there are other indicators of the report card that require some response from local officials. In fact, Steve Griffin, CEO of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center (Yates... more

National Travel and Tourism Week

National Travel and Tourism Week kicks off May 6-12, 2018 celebrating the value of travel and its impact on the economy, local businesses, and personal well-being. This year’s theme, “Travel Then and Now,” focuses on the contributions and accomplishments of the U.S. Travel Community – a $2.4 trillion-dollar industry in the United States. The Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council (FLRTC),... more

Public to weigh rules for short-term rentals in Canandaigua

Short-term rentals like Airbnbs would have to follow the same local laws as established bed and breakfasts under proposed changes to city code. On Thursday evening, residents will be able to weigh in on the list of changes at a City Council public hearing. “It’s definitely a step in the right direction,” said Jill Myers. Jill and her husband Rob... more
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