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New York celebrates record tourism during total solar eclipse

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Governor Kathy Hochul announced unprecedented tourist arrivals in New York state parks during the recent total solar eclipse. From April 6 to April 9, nearly one million visitors flocked to the parks, marking a 45% increase in attendance compared to the same period in 2023. The influx was bolstered by special events at New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority facilities, which drew over 10,000 guests.


Transportation networks saw a significant uptick in activity, with the New York State Thruway Authority and Department of Transportation noting increased vehicle travel. The New York Power Authority also reported a substantial rise in electric vehicle charging, providing nearly double the charging miles compared to the previous week. Governor Hochul herself was among the 45,000 spectators at Niagara Falls State Park, one of the prime locations for viewing the eclipse.

This spike in visitors was a direct result of extensive preparations by a state Interagency Task Force convened in October 2022, aiming to ensure a safe and successful experience for eclipse viewers. The event not only highlighted New York’s natural beauty but also demonstrated the effective collaboration across nearly two dozen state agencies and authorities in managing large-scale events.