As Canadian tourism to New York brings in more visitors than any other country in the world, The New York State Division of Tourism hosted an industry reception in Toronto on April 15 to showcase that the state has a lot more to offer than just the Big Apple.
“There’s no doubt the first thing that comes to mind is skyscrapers, the Statue of Liberty and Times Square, but the fact is New York is much more than that,” says Markly Wilson (pictured, right), director of international marketing for the New York State Division of Tourism.
More off-the-beaten-path vacationing ideas for clients to consider include a stop at three new breweries in Cayuga County, glamping at the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, a trip to the JELL-O Gallery Museum in LeRoy where visitors can follow a Jell-O Brick Road, going on two new amusement rides at Darien Lake and potentially hearing the footsteps of a ghost while perusing Boldt Castle in the 1000 Islands region.
During the I Love NY event, which also featured Consul General of the United States Jim Dickmeyer (pictured, left), Wilson made a point of noting just how important the Canadian market is to the state.
“You deliver more visitors to New York than any other place in the world,” he said to Travel Courier following the presentation. “In addition to that, they spend more money than people from any other country, so does that not make you important? Of course it does.”
He added that New York tourism’s commitment to Canada is incredible and “greater than it has ever been.”