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Celebrating Travel and the Impact of Tourism

National Travel & Tourism Week, is a tradition that was first  celebrated in 1983 it is usually held the first week of May, but this year the NTTW date was shifted due to a conflict with U.S. Travel’s IPW. During this week local events are celebrated in cities, states and nationwide to champion the power of travel. In 1983, in a White House ceremony, President Ronald Reagan signed a Presidential Proclamation urging citizens to observe the week with “the appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

Stimulating Economic Growth
Cultivating Vibrant Communities
Creating Quality Jobs
Inspiring New Businesses
Elevating the Quality of Life 

In honor of this week we are sharing Tourism’s Economic Impact to our community with figures that indicate how many jobs are supported by the travel industry, the amount of tax revenue generated which passes a tax saving to each household in the county and how much money is spent in our community from outside visitors that support our area businesses.

Annual Report

Since National Travel and Tourism Week began, the U.S. Travel Community has collectively marked the event in a number of creative ways, from staging local rallies and conducting media outreach to securing proclamations and resolutions from local legislative bodies.

1. Be a tourism ambassador for a day. Visit your favorite place, take a photo and tag @cayuga_tourism. In the caption explain why it’s your favorite place.

2. Enjoy a local activity. Explore the Finger Lakes Sweet Treat Trail. This year we are focusing on the Professional Home Baker. Or visit a locally owned restaurant, check out our newest video series Cayuga Cuisine and discover a new favorite place to dine.

3. Visit a museum. Seward House Museum, Howland Stone Store Museum, Cayuga Museum of History and Art.

4. Enjoy a staycation. Everyone could use a little rest and relaxation. Check out our lodging options here.

5. Learn more about one of Cayuga County’s most famous residents, Harriet Tubman. Visit Auburn, NY and explore the place Harriet Tubman called home for over 50 years. Click here for ideas on how to celebrate this American Hero.

6. Enjoy the great outdoors. Cayuga County is home to eight lakes has the more freshwater coastline than any other county in the state.  These lakes are perfect for fishing boating and kayaking. Another activity to enjoy is birding, we are home to over 350 “Life List” birds.  Or, you could always just get out and enjoy the area by taking a walk in our many parks. Click here of more information.