Governor Cuomo creates initiative to boost WNY tourism

ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) – Governor Cuomo announced an initiative on Thursday to further Western New York’s status as a diverse and dynamic tourism destination.

Eight counties – Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming – have formed a consortium to increase awareness of the region on the national and global stage. The consortium recently released a Request for Proposals (RFP) that seeks a firm or team to provide destination positioning and a branding study in support of the development of the tourism industry throughout the region.

Tourism is one of Western New York’s biggest industry sectors employing 52,000 workers and generating $2.2 billion annually. Visitors spend an average of $50 per day at hotels, parks, cultural and entertainment attractions, natural attractions, and food and retail establishments. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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