Finger Lakes

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The Finger Lakes region has its fingers crossed about the tourism potential that could come with receiving a certain federal designation.   Senator Kirsten Gillibrand recently announced a bi-partisan bill to consider the region a National Heritage Area.  If passed, the Finger Lakes region—which contains 14 New York counties and 26 State parks—could become part of the National Parks system.  Chair of the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance Coleen Fabrizi says the name would be excellent for the region’s economy.

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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. 

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  Just like a new car, a fast food chain, or other consumer product, Syracuse needs to market itself.  Today the Convention and Visitors Bureau, also called Visit Syracuse, launched a new way to try and get people to come.  The hope is to attract tourists, businesses, and conventions.

Most places try and tell potential visitors the assets of their regions…which Visit Syracuse Director David Holder says needed to be fine-tuned.

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  Camp Good Days and Special Times in the Finger Lakes is having to cancel weeks of planned activities due to flooding.  

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  A Finger Lakes community is trying to fight back against a proposed casino development.  The Town of Tyre, just north of Seneca Falls, has passed a local law to rezone a parcel of farmland in hopes that one of the state’s newly approved gambling resorts might be built there.