Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced plans today to hold a tourism summit at the state Capitol on May 8 to discuss more efficient ways to distribute funds to boost tourism in the state, Gannett’s Haley Viccaro reports.
Funds for tourism are currently allocated for each county individually, Cuomo said. He said funds should not be distributed separately but marketed as a synergy among the different regions of the state.
“Tourism is a big business for the state,” Cuomo said on the Capitol Pressroom radio show this morning. “Let’s sit down, come up with a business plan, come up with it together, figure out how to fund it and it is a larger undertaking than some of the others we have done in summits.”
Cuomo said the summit would be similar to the yogurt and wine and beer summits held earlier last year when major players in those industries discussed ways to strengthen their regulations and funding. New York was recently named the top yogurt producer in the nation for 2012.
On July 21, there will be an Adirondack rafting challenge at Indian Lake that Cuomo said would bring attention to the area, generate media coverage and boost tourism to the area. He said there would be water races, food and music available for participants.
“It is another attempt by us to bring attention to a beautiful spot and generate some press coverage of a great spot in New York and bring attention to it in a tourism point of view,” Cuomo said.
More information would be provided in the next couple of days about the tourism summit and the Adirondack event, Cuomo said.